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Season 2014-15
Liverpool (a) Premier League

In association 

Monday 13th April 2015, 8.00pm.
Live on Sky Sports



52 to 47(restricted view)





Newcastle United

2 - 0




9 mins Raheem Sterling was given too much room on the left side of the Newcastle box by Ryan Taylor and Gabriel Obertan, allowing him to turn inside and dig out a shot that evaded Tim Krul and found the far corner of the net. 0-1

Half time: Reds 1 United 0

70 mins Mike Williamson failed to deal with a delivery into the box. That was snapped up by Joe Allen, who swivelled and smacked home a rare goal from seven yards in front of the Kop. 0-2

Full time: Reds 2 United 0

We Said

John Carver:


"I thought it was a good reaction after last weekend.

We had energy and caused Liverpool some real problems and it was a huge decision that changed the game when (Ayoze) Perez went down under Lovren's challenge.

"Ive looked at it. At the time I thought it was stone-wall penalty and looking back at it, it was.

"I thought the first nine minutes we were very tentative, nervous after our performance against Sunderland. It was a bad goal to concede.

"After that we grew into the game. It is easy to crumble at Anfield but we didn't. One or two guys rolled their sleeves up.

"I think we got a response. We didn't get a result but I saw enough.

"There are lot of positives to take from the game. A lot of people expected us to get a hiding and I think we held our own for the majority of the game.'

"We had a little bit of pressure on their goal. We didnt get the penalty and Ayoze Perez forced an outstanding save from the goalkeeper. We were right in the game.

"We came here for three points and weve got none and thats disappointing. But I cannot fault the effort that we gave tonight.

"I did last weekend and rightly so but weve had a go tonight and its disappointing. Last weekend was hard to take but at least weve restored some pride.

"I think hes quite fortunate (Moussa Sissoko) to get a yellow rather than a red if Im being perfectly honest.

"The fact that hes give an yellow and another it should be a one match suspension but hes already been sent off this season so it will be two. Twos better than three and thats how we have to look at it.

"We have got six cup finals. We need points. We have got four home games, two away, and it is important when we play those home games our fans are right behind us.

"We have responded from that dreadful performance against Sunderland. Anything would have been better than what we saw against Sunderland.

"It is still not a win, but there are an awful lot of things that we can take into the final six games.

"I think Liverpool fans understand the game like Newcastle fans do and the reaction of them told me it was a penalty. Even Brendan (Rodgers) said straight away it was a penalty.

"These guys have to do a job - I am not going to be critical in general - I am just talking about one big decision. Contracts and jobs and livelihoods are decided on decisions like that.

"It is always the people on this side of the fence that get punished for that."

They Said


Brendan Rodgers said:

"The players and myself are very motivated to do the best we can. We have shown we can put results together consistently. We have important players coming back which is good news.

"But we are looking for other teams to slip up and we have to continue winning.

"There are teams above us but, as we have seen last year, there can be changes and points dropped and I think there will be changes.

"It was a good performance. I thought that our attacking play was very bright, we looked exciting going forward, we worked hard in the midfield.

"At times our possession could have been better but we had a real attacking intent and created chances and could have scored more goals."


Carver in charge: Played 14, lost
9, drawn 3, won 2. (Scored 11, conceded 24)

Moussa Sissoko misses the home games against
Spurs and Swansea after his second red card of the season - the first also coming for two rapid bookings by Mike Dean at West Ham in December.

He became the sixth dismissal in all competitions this season:

Mike Williamson v Aston Villa (a)
Mehdi Abeid v Crystal Palace (a) (LC)
Moussa Sissoko v West Ham (a)
Steven Taylor v Chelsea (h)
Fabricio Coloccini
v Everton (a)
Moussa Sissoko v Liverpool (a)

Jonas Gutierrez made his 200th senior appearance for the club and received an excellent reception from both home and away fans when appearing from the bench.

Wearing number 46, there was a first bench selection for 19 year-old right back and academy graduate Jamie Sterry, who was recently offered his first professional contract at SJP. Sterry wasn't called into action.

Magpies @ Anfield: Premier League Years:

2014/15: Lost 0-2
2013/14: Lost 1-2 OG
2012/13: Drew 1-1 Cabaye
2011/12: Lost 1-3 OG
2010/11: Lost 0-3
2008/09: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3
2006/07: Lost 0-2
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 1-3 Kluivert
2003/04: Drew 1-1 Ameobi
2003/04: Lost 1-2 Robert (FAC)
2002/03: Drew 2-2 Speed, Shearer
2001/02: Lost 0-3
2000/01: Lost 0-3
1999/00: Lost 1-2 Shearer
1998/99: Lost 2-4 Solano, Andersson
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Lost 3-4 Gillespie, Asprilla, Barton
1995/96: Lost 3-4 Ferdinand, Ginola, Asprilla
1995/96: Won 1-0 Watson (LC)
1994/95: Lost 0-2
1993/94: Won 2-0 Lee, Cole

Full record against the Reds:
  P W D L F A
SJP 79 32 24 23 116 99
Anfield 79 11 15 53 79 180
League 158 43 39 76 195 279
SJP(FA) 4 4 0 0 6 1
Anf/W 5 0 1 4 3 13
SJP(LC) 1 0 0 1 0 2
Anf 1 1 0 0 1 0
Cup 11 5 1 5 10 16
Tot 169 48 40 81 205 295

Before the visit to Anfield, Carver called our remaining fixtures a seven game season, here's what previous finales of that length have brought during our Premier League participation:

3 pts (1 win, 0, draws, 6 losses) 9th to 10th
8 pts (2 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses) 13th to 16th
12 pts (4 wins, 0 draws 3 losses) stayed 5th
7 pts (1 win, 4 draws, 2 losses) 9th to 12th
5 pts (1 win, 2 draws, 4 losses) stayed 18th 
11 pts (3 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses) stayed 12th 
5 pts (1 win, 3 draws, 3 losses) 10th to 13th
19 pts (6 wins, 1 draw, 0 losses) 12th to 7th
6 pts (1 win, 3 draws, 3 losses) stayed 14th
8 pts (1 win, 5 draws, 1 loss) stayed 5th
8 pts (2 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses) stayed 3rd
12 pts (3 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss) stayed 4th
12 pts (3 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss) 13th to 11th
9 pts (2 wins, 3 draws, 2 losses) 10th to 11th
5 pts (0 wins, 5 draws, 2 losses) 10th to 13th
8 pts (2 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses) 15th to 13th
15 pts (4 wins, 3 draws, 0 losses) 5th to 2nd
14 pts (4 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss) stayed 2nd
8 pts (2 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses) 3rd to 6th
13pts (4 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses) stayed 3rd

So, we've never taken less than three points and never dropped more than three places - yet....




John Carver's admission that United have an issue with derby matches is undoubtedly accurate, but our failure to cope with playing the mackems pales into insignificance when contemplating the club's appalling record at Anfield.

Not since April 1994 have long-suffering Newcastle fans seen their side collect three points on this side of Stanley Park, while the 20th anniversary of our last success here in the League Cup comes around this November.

This latest failure also saw us end the game a man short for a third successive season, Moussa Sissoko dismissed for two bookings in six minutes - and perhaps lucky not to receive a straight red card for a nasty challenge on Lucas that echoed his scythe on West Ham's Andy Carroll last year.

Brendan Rodgers may have seen his side beaten on Tyneside last November, but couldn't have asked for less taxing opposition as he prepared his side for an FA Cup Semi-Final tie at Wembley this coming Sunday.

Arriving at Anfield seeking to avoid a fifth successive Premier League defeat, the Magpies had mustered just one goal in their previous four away games and the continued absence of scorer Papiss Cisse through suspension left them reliant again on Ayoze Perez.

As was the case on Sunday, the Spaniard found his legs chopped away from under him in the opposition penalty area, but again appealed in vain for what appeared to be the most obvious of fouls - Dejan Lovren's wild swipe somehow going unpunished by referee Lee Mason.

That came on 38 minutes, with Newcastle trailing to a ninth minute strike from Raheem Sterling, given too much room in the box to turn inside and dig out a shot that evaded Tim Krul and found the far corner of the net.

Ahead from their first attack, Liverpool looked to press home their advantage and secure the points but were seldom able to exploit the forward thrusts of Sterling, in an unfair contest against ailing right back Ryan Taylor.

The opposite side of the defence looked rather more secure with Vurnon Anita fielded a left back - one of a trio of changes from the derby loss; Sammy Ameobi, Jonas Gutierrez and Yoan Gouffran dropping down to the bench as Jack Colback was reinstated to midfield, with Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan returning to the fray.  

Despite their superiority though, Liverpool's failure to increase their lead should have been punished with that penalty award, United belatedly showing themselves as an attacking force at the end of the first half.

Simon Mignolet was called into action to reach a clever header from Perez and Abeid shot narrowly over during our most positive passage of play - and that attempt to get on the front foot continued after the break. 

The lack of a cutting edge and another fitful contribution from Remy Cabella hampered our attempts to level however and the home side seemed happy to bide their time - although a few of their followers grew impatient. 

That policy almost paid dividends, with Sissoko gifting possession on numerous occasions, a couple of our usual woeful corners presenting the Reds with the ball and Taylor's miskick falling to Sterling in the box.

The Liverpool youngster may have side-footed that wide, but a second goal wasn't delayed long as Mike Williamson failed to deal with a delivery into the box. That was snapped up by Joe Allen, who swivelled and smacked home a rare goal from seven yards.

Sissoko went into the book for an altercation with Glen Johnson when the Liverpool defender failed to release the ball for a throw-in and a few minutes later United's stand-in captain left his studs on Lucas' ankle and was walking well before Mason brandished a second yellow.

Any chance of an (admittedly unlikely) late comeback vanished with that ill-disciplined dismissal, but it came as no shock after a confused display from the number 7 - mixing pace and aggression with poor decision-making. Asked to put more in, he seemed to become a moron.

Mistaking effort and energy for commitment and work rate, Sissko ran around with the appearance of someone on the verge of losing control - exemplified when blasting a ball that was already out of play it into the lower section of the main stand from point-blank range. 

Our display had more common with the Arsenal home game than the mackem away one, but any comfort to be gained was fleeting; the overall feeling one of relief that Liverpool played within themselves and did the job without incident, rather than going on a goal spree. 

Yet another defeat and blank return in front of goal though did nothing to improve the mood ahead of a Spurs game that promises to be boycotted by more than just Cisse and Sissoko....

Five defeats in a row leaves United stuck on 35 points and what had appeared to be an unassailable gap above the bottom three has now become nine points with six games to play. Three of those are against against sides below us, who have all doubtless ringed that date on their calendar as a big opportunity to notch up a win, just like the mackems did. 

There's precious little evidence here of anything to stop them.

Spotted en route to Anfield


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