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Season 2023-24
Liverpool (h) Premier League

 

 
Date:
Sunday 27th August 2023, 4.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

Venue:
St. James' Park

Conditions: Smarting
 



Newcastle

Liverpool

 

1 - 2

 

 

Teams

Goals

25 mins Mo Salah turned on the halfway line and passed back to Trent Alexander Arnold, who fatally allowed the ball under his boot. Anthony Gordon was instantly on to it and ignored the shirt tug of the visiting defender to dash into the box and shoot between Allison's legs at the Leazes End. 1-0

Half time: Black & Whites 1 Reds 0

81 mins Alexander-Arnold's low ball forward to Salah on halfway was touched into the path of Diogo Jota, who took a touch before hooking it hopefully forward towards fellow substitute Darwin Nunez in the right hand channel.

Sven Botman looked set to cut the pass out, but instead the ball took a double deflection of his backside and then his heel. Presented with a clear run on goal but a narrowing angle, Nunez took a steadying touch before firing a right footer across Nick Pope and into the far bottom corner of the goal. 1-1

90+3 mins Bruno Guimaraes saw his ambitious pass on halfway strike Harvey Elliot and rebound favourably to Salah, who was towards the right. His precise forward ball took both Matt Targett and Dan Burn out of the equation and played in Nunez. From a similar angle to his first but slightly nearer goal, Nunez pulled the trigger again and the net duly bulged once again. 1-2

Full time: Black & Whites 1 Reds 0

We Said

 

Eddie Howe said:

"There was a lot of good. We should have put the game to bed and that is probably the thing we are all kicking ourselves with. We had a lot of chances and goalmouth action. Their goalkeeper made one of the best saves that I've seen live, from (Miggy) Almiron, and it just wasn't to be for us.

"There were moments there for us. We needed the second goal because Liverpool are dangerous, they are bringing world-class players on from the bench. It only takes a chance, even with 10 men, and they are a really good counter-attacking team.

"Sometimes football is like that and you play better against 10 than 11. It wasn't our intention for us to slow down or lose momentum, but Liverpool down to 10 men then become content to let you have the ball in front of them. There's less space and it was tough for us to break them down.

"Our message at half time was to keep the same intent and to try and score again, to put the game to bed. The moments and chances were there right until the end but we lacked the killer instinct. Then, to a degree, the later the game goes on it's on a knife edge. 

"One moment can hurt you and that's what happened."

On the Alexander-Arnold possible red card:

"For me, yes. You don't want  to see a player sent off but, for me, that's a clear red card.

On the Virgil van Dijk red:

"I think it is. Alex is going through one-on-one and he's brought down.
Two moments that are key in the game and the referee got the first one wrong. We're not looking at that as the reason we didn't win the game - that has to fall on our laps."

On Anthony Gordon:

"He was outstanding today, he really was. I'm full of praise for him and so pleased for him that he scored here in front of everybody and showed what a talent he is. He'll only get better as well. Exciting times for him and he can be really pleased."

On his substitutions:

"There's always things you'd do differently if you don't win the match, that's for sure. With hindsight, as I said, you'd always do things differently. But when you're in my shoes, that's the job you're in.

"We wanted to get Callum's
(Wilson's) fresh legs and pressing ability on and we wanted to get Harvey's goalscoring ability on to try and seal the game. It didn't happen but I don't think it was the fault of the players who came on.

"I felt we'd lost momentum - that's why we made the changes we did. Liverpool had five or six set plays in succession and we were under pressure. The extra man advantage is taken away in set plays.

"We tried to change the momentum of the match. Liverpool are a threat from set-plays, they were putting us under pressure in that moment and we wanted a bit more control.

"But they're a very, very dangerous counter-attacking team. I just think back to the game here last year when the roles were reversed. We had 10 men and they had 11 and we played really, really well that day and had the best chances in the game with a man less.

"It can happen and when you've got players like Salah and Nunez on the pitch, they're a huge transitional threat and we knew that would be the case. That's why we were desperate for a second goal to kill the match." 

On Sven Botman's injury and possible signings:

"I've got no idea - I need to assess how Sven is with the medical team and we'll take it from there.
I don't know (how bad it is) but it looked like an ankle problem. Joelinton had a knee problem so we'll wait and see how they are."

They Said

 

Klopp said:

"I think in my 1,000 games as a coach or a manager I never had a game like this, thatís the truth. Not that we never turned games (around), we did that, but 10 men in an atmosphere like this against an opponent like this Ė itís not that I canít remember, Iím pretty sure it never happened
.  

"These moments are rare and super-special
but I thought the boys deserved it today because with 10 men we played better and gave Newcastle a proper game. Before that it was a bit wild with, obviously, advantages for Newcastle with the 1-0. We didnít play calm enough, we felt under pressure when we wouldnít have to.

"At half-time we showed the boys one situation, it was an offensive situation where Trent (Alexander Arnold) passed the ball behind the line to Cody Gakpo, where he comes from the left wing onto the right wing, where we can just get into their box and having finishing situations. 

"Two things were clear at half-time, or three things have to happen: Trent cannot get another yellow card, we cannot concede a second, and if that happens then we have a chance. And the boys, they were ready to work super-hard andÖ I think before Darwin
(Nunez) scored we had already chances. 

"I think a year ago we were in a similar situation
(here). We were 2-0 up, then red card (for Nick Pope), then we didnít play football anymore. So it is obviously difficult, it is not that easy, and I can imagine how Eddie and Newcastle is feeling now, these things happen but usually you win anyway. That didnít happen today because my boys kept believing and I am really happy about that.

Nowadays I donít celebrate these goals too much anymore because I was not sure if it was offside or whatever. I was pretty sure there was no offside, but anyhow then a minute or so later when I think VAR check was over, the boys heard it on the touchline behind me, they were then really celebrating, then I felt massive relief. 

"How I said, at half-time... the way we played after the red card gave us the feeling we can do something here. We donít concede, stay calm, defend with passion, play with an idea, and we have a chance to get a point. I have a point, obviously, and in the end more with what the boys did."

On Alexander-Arnold:

"As an observation, not a sending-off... thereís a foul on Trent Alexander-Arnold, which is not given clear in front of the fourth official
(and he) says to me, ĎYes, itís a foul.í The ref doesnít give it and then Trent kicks the ball away Ė his fault. Done. Yellow. 

"Next situation is the thing, if you want a second yellow, if he gives it, he gives it, but I didnít think it is. You need to have this little space to keep a game going. Take him off, thereís an arm over... then whatís your curiosity of a football game? I am not sure thatís how it should be."

On Van Dijkís red card:

"I donít think it is a red card. Itís pretty much no contact, very little, and itís on the way to the ball, but what can I say? The decision is like this, I cannot change it and I donít want it. Itís just, would I give this in a training game? Definitely not. There are reasons why I am not a ref and they are."

Stats


This outcome meant that Newcastle have lost three successive league games to Liverpool at SJP for the first time since the fixture began to be staged in 1893.

United last beat the Reds either home or away in December 2015 - a 2-0 victory at SJP. Since then they've made 14 failed attempts to do so, losing ten and drawing the other four. Since that 2015 success, Newcastle have scored the opening goal in five games against Liverpool - but lost the lot.

At SJP Liverpool have now won five of the last seven PL meetings, with the other two ending in draws. That's currently our worst run of home form against any team including Manchester City. 

Anthony Gordon's strike ended a run of 384 scoreless minutes against Liverpool at SJP for the Magpies since Dwight Gayle's effort at the same end in July 2020.

Newcastle led but lost and conceded a goal in second half added time for the first time since the 1-2 reverse at Anfield in August 2022. The last time we held an interval lead at home but lost was against West Ham in August 2021: 2-1 up after 45 minutes but beaten 2-4 after 90.

Before Darwin Nunez, the last opposition player we can find who came off the bench at SJP at 0-1 in the PL and scored twice to win the game was Reading's Adam Le Fondre in January 2013. United led 1-0 when he took to the field on 69 minutes and he promptly netted on 71 and 77 minutes. 

Eddie Howe suffered his eleventh successive defeat as a manager by Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool (six when in charge of Bournemouth and five as Magpies boss) - a new Premier League record. Of the 15 meetings to date, Howe has won one and drawn one.

Since Howe took charge of Newcastle, his side have lost just five of their 35 home PL fixtures - three at the hands of Liverpool and one each to Manchester City and Arsenal.

Newcastle fielded an unchanged line-up for the third successive game.

Reds @ SJP - Premier League era:

2023/24 Lost 1-2 Gordon
2022/23 Lost 0-2
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
 

Waffle

Here we f**king go again.

Stan Collymore 90+2, Robbie Fowler 90+2
, Fabio Carvalho 90+8....and now Darwin Nunez 90+3.

Much pre-match noise centred around whether Newcastle fans had expectations of seeing their side collect three points today or whether there was merely an increased hope of a positive outcome. 

For all the excitement, anticipation and noise though, the form book in this particular fixture remained resolutely the right way round. Forget last season's Premier League table or whichever European trinket the clubs will contest, Like purple wheelie bins, we really should be used to this by now.

It looks like they've done us again - with the added agony of yet another last minute winner - but for once, it was our own doing this time. No controversies, no VAR outrage - at least not from us. 

Opinion remains divided as to whether the missed chances, the mass substitutions or the opposition going down to ten men was the deciding factor, but in reality it was a combination of all three - with a dash of ill-fortune and no little skill from the opposition goal scorer and goalkeeper.  

The early exchanges were feisty in the extreme; home fans and players seemingly feeding off each other in a bear pit atmosphere that made the opening ten minutes fly by.

That fervour was heightened by the booking of Trent Alexander-Arnold for tossing the ball away following a shove by Gordon, immediately followed by the Liverpool player obstructing him in what would otherwise have been a routine yellow card.

Fourth official Craig Pawson was kept busy dealing with interactions between the respective benches and that kept simmering when Alexander-Arnold's error allowed Gordon to open the scoring with his long-awaited first home goal.  

Three minutes later Van Dijk was shown a straight red for upending Alexander Isak on the edge of the box and although United failed to add a second before the break - Miggy Almiron's volley superbly saved by Alisson - there was little to suggest the demoralised visitors would stage a comeback.

The game continued after the break in similar vein; Almiron wastefully firing over the bar but then almost atoning for that error in spectacular fashion with a run from halfway and a curling strike that cannoned off the far post at the Gallowgate End.

The anticipated replacements brought messrs Wilson, Barnes and Longstaff into the fray as Isak, Gordon and Tonali made way. And while those changes would have an impact on the game, they were prompted by fitness concerns (Gordon looked to be limping slightly on his right leg) and previous dividends from fresh legs not to mention Liverpool's own substitutions some minutes earlier.

For all the frustration of Almiron's trio of misses, the real chance spurned was when Barnes hared in from the left and had Wilson in space towards the centre of the pitch what looked to be a "phoenix from the flames" rerun of Newcastle's fourth goal against Aston Villa a fortnight earlier.

Sadly though Barnes took an extra touch and the deflected cross that followed eluded Wilson, but even those missed chances just seemed annoying rather than costly until Nunez was played through by Diogo Jota in the 81st minute. Sven Botman got in a mess trying to clear, Nunez suddenly had sight of goal and his shot arrowed past Nick Pope and in off the post. 

Having failed to get that vital second goal, at 1-1 there was a certain grim inevitability about the outcome. The visitors came alive while the hosts looked increasingly uncertain. That nervousness transmitted itself into the crowd - or maybe it was the other way round.  

Worse was to follow when substitute Nunez racked up his second goal of the game during added time - a Toon torturer even more deadly than fellow Uruguayan and former Red Luis Suarez. We've not got close enough to this one yet to find out whether he falls over or sinks his fangs in.... 

Plenty to ponder for Howe and his team then, ahead of a week that brings Carabao Cup and Champions League draws, the closing of the transfer window and a testing trip to Brighton. 

To that list can be added concerns over the fitness of kingpin defender Botman limping off at 1-1 although he didn't need a stretcher and later left the ground without crutches or a boot on.  

Back to that expectation question and once the raw emotions subside and the pubs shut, we gave a worthy if flawed account of ourselves. Fine margins and misfortune at both ends of the field ultimately undid us but there was solace in seeing Gordon give his best performance for us yet. 

And never mind who can and cannot jig around the technical area, game management was always going to be an issue this season now that officials are less tolerant of the type of behaviour that routinely accompanied the closing stages of home wins here. 

Adapting to changing circumstances during games and expectations 24/7 is Howe's remit though; handling both effectively where he earns his money. In that respect he's got more of the tools he earmarked than most of his predecessors ever enjoyed, which adds to the pressure of course.

At least in domestic terms, his side are no longer underdogs. Taking chances and killing off sides in situations like this is the new reality, as per Manchester City versus us a week ago; no second goal but three points secured on the back of a midweek continental jaunt. At some point we'll beat this lot and it won't be a shock, we're just not there yet. We're also fighting history, there's a mentality change necessary in the stands - ourselves included. 

Newcastle sit thirteenth with three points from three games - two less than at this stage a year ago.  In terms of the actual opponents faced though, a home win over Villa and losses at Manchester City and Liverpool here mirror the outcomes of the last two seasons. They didn't turn out too badly.

Sulk over, Brighton here we come. PS: don't forget your ID. 

Biffa/Niall


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