Alexander Isak was sent off in his impressive Newcastle United debut at Liverpool on Wednesday night but says it was just a dead end and “nothing serious”.
The 22-year-old arrived from Real Socieded in a £63m deal and was thrown straight into the starting XI at Anfield.
He quickly became a fan favorite as he put the Magpies ahead against the Reds with a quality finish before scoring another superb goal for the narrowest of offsides.
Unfortunately for Eddie Howe and his men, they were unable to hold on as Roberto Firmino equalized in the dying seconds from a Fabio Carvalho winner.
Isak was withdrawn after 64 minutes, leaving Newcastle fans concerned ahead of a home game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, but the Sweden international has allayed fears.
“I’m fine,” he said. “I got a dead leg in the first half which is a bit annoying but it’s nothing serious.”
The striker has loved his experience at Newcastle so far, praising his new team-mates and loving the away support his side have received despite the painful defeat on Merseyside.
“It’s a really good group of players that I’m playing with now, so it was very easy and I’m very happy about that,” he said.
“It’s incredible to have away fans making that noise [when he scored], it gives you a lot of energy. That’s something very special, especially in away games. It was really nice to see.
“It’s never nice to concede a lost goal in the final seconds. Of course I’ll start disappointed but we have to use that feeling and try to use it as energy for the next game against Crystal Palace.
“I’m really looking forward to playing at home in front of our fans. So that’s a positive thing that we have another game right around the corner to react to.
Howe was delighted with his new signing’s performance and praised his performance as he scored both times, even though the second didn’t count.
“First and foremost, the finish and his overall performance was very good,” said the manager. “Really, very happy with his tactical discipline and the way he played the ball. He gave us the pace backwards, that threat that good teams need. He showed great composure and technique in both goals.
“The second (offside) I didn’t realize how close it was. I think he will be happy with his job and he has shown a glimpse of what he can bring to the team.”
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