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Season 2021-22
Liverpool (h) Premier League

 

 
Date:
Saturday 30th April 2022, 12.30pm
Live on BT Sport

Venue:
 St. James' Park

Conditions: Imprecise
 



 

Newcastle

 Liverpool

 

0 - 1

 

 

Teams

Goals

19 mins James Milner attempted a short forward pass to Luis Diaz just outside the United area, only for Fabian Schar to nip in and whip the ball away. Attempting to gather the ball from his first touch, the Newcastle defender lunged forward and tumbled over Milner's outstretched touch.

Schar, some of his colleagues and many of the home crowd claimed a foul, but referee Marriner was unmoved and allowed play to continue as Jordan Henderson looped a pass over Joe Willock and to Naby Keita on the right.

The Guinea midfielder advanced into the box and played a one/two with Diogo Jota that took both Matt Targett and Dan Burn out of the equation, receiving the return pass on the edge of the six yard box.

As Martin Dubravka rushed off his line in an attempt to smother the looming shot, Keita sidestepped the goalkeeper and rammed a low shot from six yards out past Emil Krafth and Bruno Guimaraes and into the Leazes End net.

Prolonged protests failed to change Marriner's decision to award the goal and the game restarted, with no public evidence of any VAR check.
0-1

Half time: Newcastle 0 Liverpool 1

Full time: Newcastle 0 Liverpool 1

We Said

 

Eddie Howe said:

"I don't think we quite got going.

"I thought we made a bright start to the game but we're slightly disappointed with our own performance.

"Individually I don't think we hit our top levels, which meant collectively we didn't quite hit the levels we have recently. We probably didn't quite have that sustained pressure we were looking for. The second half was better without that big chance ever really coming.

"There were one or two bright sparks, but it's slightly disappointing compared to our previous levels. I've seen progress from where we have been, but on the other side there's a lot of work to do.

"I think Liverpool were probably not at their best but we werenít either and when you play these games you have to be. We competed well but lacked the quality that could have got us a goal.

"It is difficult to it consistently against Liverpool as they have the quality to produce a counter-attack out of nothing. We were much more aggressive in the second half but did not have any concerted pressure in the game.

"We were not at our best today but we were still in the game right to the end, so there are positives to take. But we set our standards very high and next week we have to do much better.

"We view every game independently. We needed to be strong down the sides against Liverpoolís wide players. Chris (Wood) has been fantastic but it was an opportunity to look at something else."
 

They Said

 

Klopp said: 

"It was incredibly difficult for the boys today to be honest, itís clear we played two-and-a-half days ago, if you want. Coming here: a team in form, six home wins on the bounce, great weather, everybody in a good mood, actually, pretty much everything is prepared for another home win. The only group who wanted to avoid that were my players.

"It was an outstanding football game, to be honest. First 15 minutes we had to adapt slightly a little bit, that's normal. Obviously, Newcastle changed a little bit, put Joelinton on the right side - left side, our right - and kept the ball there, went for second balls. We struggled a bit, tried to adapt to it, did better, when the ball was on the ground we had a really good game already,

"I really liked how we played, how we kept them quiet. Can't remember a lot of counter-attacks, there was the offside goal they scored and there might
(have been) one (in the) second half, (but) the chance they had was offside as well.

"In the circumstances,
(a) top-class performance. Really happy."
 

Stats


This was Newcastle's fifth unsuccessful attempt to defeat Liverpool at SJP since their 2-0 win in December 2015 (when current their manager Jurgen Klopp had been in post barely two months).

Home and away, United have failed to beat the Reds in 11 meetings
. That's our worst sequence against any PL opponent exceeding that of Arsenal (7), Manchester City, Manchester United, Spurs and Watford (5) and Chelsea (4).

Reds @ SJP - Premier League era:

2021/22
Lost 0-1
2020/21 Drew 0-0
2019/20 Lost 1-3 Gayle
2018/19 Lost 2-3 Atsu, Rondon
2017/18 Drew 1-1 Joselu
2015/16 Won 2-0 og(Skrtel), Wijnaldum
2014/15 Won 1-0 Perez
2013/14 Drew 2-2 Cabaye, Dummett
2012/13 Lost 0-6
2011/12 Won 2-0 Cisse 2
2010/11 Won 3-1 Nolan, Barton, Carroll
2008/09 Lost 1-5 Edgar
2007/08 Lost 0-3
2006/07 Won 2-1 Martins, Solano(pen)
2005/06 Lost 1-3 Ameobi
2004/05 Won 1-0 Robert
2003/04 Drew 1-1 Shearer (pen)
2002/03 Won 1-0 Robert
2001/02 Lost 0-2
2000/01 Won 2-1 Solano, Dyer
1999/00 Drew 2-2 Shearer, Ferguson
1998/99 Lost 1-4 Guivarc'h
1997/98 Lost 0-2 (LC)
1997/98 Lost 1-2 Watson
1996/97 Drew 1-1 Shearer
1995/96 Won 2-1 Ferdinand, Watson
1994/95 Drew 1-1 Lee
1993/94 Won 3-0 Cole 3


Newcastle lost a PL game at SJP for the first time in 2022, ending a run of eight without defeat (six wins and two draws) since a 0-4 loss to Manchester City on December 19th.

The visit of City was the last occasion that United failed to score at SJP, also a run of eight, obviously That was also the last time before today that Eddie Howe's side reached half time trailing in any PL game, a run of 15.

 

Waffle

Statistically this may have been a meeting of the Premier League's two in-form teams of 2022, but the outcome proved to be rather more predictable than it may have appeared on paper.

The records show that there was one goal difference at the end of 94 minutes, but that wasn't a great reflection of an afternoon when Liverpool made and missed a clutch of opportunities after taking a 19th minute lead.

Newcastle's best chances in either half meanwhile were correctly cancelled out by offside calls - something that at least pointed to a more progressive attitude than in some recent seasons when we barely got over halfway.

However, the hosts failed to win a single corner and struggled to control and pass the ball on more occasions than was healthy - and not all of their shortcomings were attributable to the red wall they faced.

Collecting maximum points from each of their last six home games, United took to the field on the back of four successive victories; making a trio of changes from the side that won handsomely at Norwich a week earlier.

Out went Jamaal Lascelles, Sean Longstaff and Jacob Murphy, making way for Fabian Schar, Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron - with Chris Wood again left on the bench.

Pushing the visitors back from the first whistle, United had enjoyed the better of the early exchanges before Naby Keita grabbed what would be the decisive goal. And as was the case when Liverpool levelled in the first meeting of the teams this season, Fabian Schar played a crucial, if unwitting role.

That time a collision between Isaac Hayden and Schar following a corner kick was ignored by whistler Mike Dean, playing continuing until Diogo Jota lashed home. This time the Swiss defender stayed down after a coming together with James Milner and was still prone when Naby Keita beat Martin Dubravka.

Attacking the Gallowgate End after losing the toss, Allan Saint-Maximin had Newcastle's best opportunity in the first half but shot wide, shortly before a swift counter attack ended by Sadio Mane wastefully fired at Dubravka.

Even allowing for our recent resilience when going behind, a second away goal then would surely have ended the game as a contest. As it was though, United ended the half on something of a high; Miggy Almiron squeezing the ball home even though he was clearly offside and the goal didn't stand.  

That one goal deficit remained after the restart; a mixture of poor finishing and saves from Dubravka giving rise to optimism that "something" would happen in our favour. For an instant that appeared to have arrived in the 77th minute as Saint-Maximin for once evaded an opponent and provided a positive pass to a colleague, in this case the recently-arrived Wood.

Replays confirmed that the striker was offside as he bore down on goal and his effort - which bounced off Allison - wouldn't have counted. Aside from one routine stop to deny Bruno late on, that was it, United staying in the game but never really building up a head of steam and Mo Salah getting in a tangle when he looked odds-on to make it 2-0.

There have been enough memorable moments on this ground in 2022 not to be any more than rueful that nothing of note occurred today from a home perspective and we deservedly lost to an outstanding opponent, albeit one who weren't operating at full capacity.


Brighton's resounding victory at Wolves saw United end the day dropping one place to tenth. Defeat for Norwich at Villa meanwhile made the Canaries the first side to be relegated and they'll be joined by Watford in due course, barring an improbable series of results. That leaves the third place to be fought over by Burnley, Leeds and Everton - with every prospect that things could go down to the final day.   

It's testament to the prowess of Eddie Howe and his staff that this game was of vital importance only to one side - something that we had feared in rather different order after our pre-Christmas defeat at Anfield, when a look at the fixture list caused us to wonder whether today could see us relegated. 

From the present to the future then and it's tempting to wonder whether today will be a watershed moment in the history of this fixture, denoting the point at which anything other than a defeat for Newcastle would be seen as something of a fluke.

Today was a convenient reminder though that we're a barely conceivable distance away from parity with the big lads - and that next week's visit to Manchester City may be a further reality check. 


Biffa


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