Highlights from this afternoon’s game between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield.
It was a case of “same old same old” from Pardew at the start as Liverpool were all over the Magpies at the start. However, they were also rather sterile when it came to the crunch and couldn’t put a goal past the obstinate newcastle defence. So, for once this season, Newcastle United weren’t a goal or two down before the inevitable improvement came. As usual though, it took some exceptional play from two of the usual suspects, Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye to combine for an opening goal for the Magpies. Ben Arfa’s silky dribbling skills took him through two Liverpool players before he floated in a great cross to the far post for his fellow Frenchman. Cabaye more than kept his end up too with an excellent finish from what looked like a very tricky angle.
However, Newcastle didn’t have a monopoly on individual brilliance, something which Luis Suarez proved in the 67th minute with another excellent goal, this time for the Reds of course. With some irony for a team managed by the vainglorious, self styled high priest of tippy tappy football, Liverpool’s breakthrough fianlly came from a classic “route one” goal, albeit executed with excellent style by Suarez on the other end. He controlled a long ball with his shoulder whilst holding off Coloccini. He then manoevred his way past Krul in the Newcastle goal to casually slip the ball into the net in what was an excellent individual goal for the Uruguayan hitman.
By this time the match was an excellent contest which was almost (but not quite) living up to some of the previous classics between these two sides. The drama wasn’t over too, with Fabricio Coloccini picking up a stright red card (and missing the next three games) for a “studs up” tackle on the aforementioned Suarez. On closer inspection, he seemed to pull out and hardly made any contact. However, by the letter of the law, it can happen if studs are lifted in such a fashion so off went Captian Colo for the next three Premiership games! He seemed to have it in for Suarez throughout the game though, making other challenges on the player which also could have been carded in what was an uncharacteristic performance for el Capitano.
Though the game carried on in a very exciting fashion, there were no more goals on either side and it ended as yet another draw for the Magpies. that’s five draws in ten Premiership games for the Silver Supremo now as site user “toontony” helpfully pointed out a few minutes ago.
Post match interviews.
Alan Pardew post match interview.
Brendan Rodgers post match interview.
Score / Goal scorers.
Liverpool 1 (Luis Suarez 67), Newcastle United 1 (Cabaye 43).
Teams / Match facts.
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Brad Jones (G), Andre Wisdom, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique; Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin; Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard (C), Suso, Luis Suarez.
Subs: Peter Gulacsi (G), Sebastian Coates, Jamie Carragher, Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Oussama Assaidi, Stewart Downing.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Vurnon Anita, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, James Perch (Danny Simpson 27), Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba (Sammy Ameobi 50).
Substitutes: Steve Harper (G), Shane Ferguson, Mike Williamson, Gael Bigirimana, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.
Yellow cards: None.
Red cards: Fabricio Coloccini (84).
Referee:Anthony Taylor (Manchester).