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Season 2021-22
Liverpool (a) Premier League


Thursday 16th December 2021, 8pm

Live on BT Sport


Conditions: Impeded

Programme: 3.50




3 - 1





8 mins Allan Saint-Maximin made progress down the United left, heading infield to reach the edge of the Liverpool box before playing a reverse pass to the overlapping Ryan Fraser.

His cross was poorly cleared by Thiago, falling to Jonjo Shelvey who had time to take two touches before sending wonderful curling right-footer from 25 yards past a static Alisson at the Kop End.

The goalscorer ran the length of the field to share his goggles celebration with the jubilant hordes behind the opposite goal.

21 mins The aftermath of Andrew Robertson's cleared corner from the left saw Fabian Schar and Isaac Hayden both down in their own six yard area after being sandwiched between Jamaal Lascelles and Ibrahima Konate.

Hayden stayed down clutching his head but referee Dean allowed play to continue and when Martin Dubravka saved Jota's header, the Portuguese striker lashed in the rebound from point-blank range. There was no VAR review of the incident.

25 mins Joelinton ran into trouble in his own half, hastily unloading the ball to Shelvey who was nearby in centre field. He in turn played a pass back towards Schar on the edge of his own box, only for it to bypass the defender and fall nicely for Sadio Mane.

He stayed on his feet inside the area as Schar made an unsuccessful attempt to swipe the ball back, poking a low shot goalward from 12 yards as he fell. Dubravka blocked that effort with but the rebound reached Mo Salah, who tucked in the rebound with a first-time effort.

Half time: Reds 2 Magpies 1

87 mins A short free-kick was played to Trent Alexander-Arnold, whose his rising thunderbolt from 25 yards was too powerful for Dubravka's fingertips as it sailed into the top corner. 1-3

Full time: Reds 3 Magpies 1

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing... There is a lot of talk at the moment about head injuries and I felt that was a wrong decision. It's had a huge bearing on the game. We had the lead. It feels unjust and I feel it was doubly hard on our players.

"I think
[the referee Mike Dean] said to me he felt Isaac had held his back. For me, he held his head. He was dazed for four or five minutes. It's a dangerous moment where we have to think about the player's safety. I don't think you want to see games decided when players are out of the game.

"I feel like we were really harshly treated today. It follows a similar pattern of games we've had where the decisions have gone against us for whatever reason.

"My feeling is the first goal and the decision for that had the key bearing on the result today and that's the one that really aggrieves me tonight.

"I think you can see with the fact he had treatment to the side of the pitch, that was where I made the comment from. You could see he was treated, then taken to the side and he still didn't look 100 per cent himself.

"I've not spoken to Isaac after the game to see if there's any lasting damage from the challenge, but he didn't look in a good place. He immediately held his head, there was no acting. He was down and he couldn't continue and we paid the price for it.

"The players really gave everything to the game physically. You could see that, Liverpool move the ball very fast and we had to work very hard to contain them, but I felt the players delivered that very well. We scored a great goal on the counter-attack, Maxi was a threat in isolated moments in the game when we managed to feed him with the ball.

"I'm probably disappointed with the second half on the ball. I felt we could have shown a bit more composure to open them up in those moments when we were in transitions but in terms of what the players gave and their attitude and commitment to it, I thought we had a mentality about us today that we had against Leicester where we were right in the game until the end.

"I felt at any moment, we could get something today."

On Jamal Lewis:

It looks bad it looks like a hamstring problem. Its a surprise with Jamal, because hes obviously so athletic. Hes been excellent in terms of his athletic work for us.

"Obviously, it was damaging to lose a sub so early in the match. I thought Matt Ritchie came on and was fantastic in his place. Certainly, its not the time of year for us to lose players.

"Fingers crossed, it's only Jamal that will probably go into the Christmas period now in any doubt, but we need to check on a few others that were carrying things."

They Said


Jurgen Klopp said:

"We used more Bournemouth than Newcastle to analyse the game. We expected similar things. They made life hard for us to be honest. We rushed in moments, it was not like we had 15 or 16 clear-cut chances but we scored really good goals."

On the first goal:

"I didn't see it back. Both got up later. I'm not saying it's like this situation, but really quite frequently players go down in the box when they lose a challenge, but I don't know, I couldn't see it. The assistant on my side told me it was all good, that two players on the same team came together."

About the third goal:

"It was a stunner, unbelievable. His shooting technique is absolutely different level. In games like this, staying positive, staying offensive-minded in moments like this, just take the chance. Thank God Mike Dean is good on his legs so he could get out of the way!"


Jonjo Shelvey scored his first Premier League goal of the season and his tenth for the club in that competition. That takes him ahead of current SJP colleagues Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles and level with Leon Best, Nicos Dabizas, Robbie Elliott, Paul Kitson and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Netting four times at Anfield in all competitions while a Liverpool player between 2010 and 2013, Jonjo returned to score there for Swansea City during February 2014 and has now done so for the black and whites.

Magpies @ Anfield: PL era:

2021/22: Lost 1-3 Shelvey
2020/21: Drew 1-1 Willock
2019/20: Lost 1-3 Willems
2018/19: Lost 0-4
2017/18: Lost 0-2
2015/16: Drew 2-2 Cisse, Colback
2014/15: Lost 0-2
2013/14: Lost 1-2 og(Skrtel)
2012/13: Drew 1-1 Cabaye
2011/12: Lost 1-3 og(Agger)
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

This result saw Liverpool become the first English side to register 2,000 league victories.





It wasn't the massacre than many had feared, but Newcastle still left Anfield pointless on Thursday night, the shock lead that Liverpool old boy Jonjo Shelvey gave them bringing only fleeting joy.

Events and officials were to conspire against Eddie Howe's side once again though; the Reds levelling in controversial circumstances and then quickly going ahead following another Christmas gift.

Again it was goalscorer Shelvey dishing out presents; a suicidal backpass leading to the second home goal, referee Mike Dean allowing the first despite a head injury to Isaac Hayden that left him prone in the box and played scorer Jota onside.

A blue-clad United survived further punishment until three minutes from the end and even had chances to level before Trent Alexander-Arnold's spectacular third sealed victory for Jurgen Klopp's side.

Newcastle took to the field with three changes from the starting line-up at Leicester; Callum Wlison, Miguel Almiron and Joe Willock all benched in favour of Ryan Fraser, Jacob Murphy and Isaac Hayden.

The 4-5-1 formation paid dividends after just eight minutes; sole striker Allan Saint-Maximin and Fraser linking up down the left for the latter to centre and a half-clearance allowing Shelvey to hit a wonderful curling effort at the Kop End.

Within a minute Sadio Mane hit Dubravka's right post but the flag had gone up as things looked to be going our way. That wasn't to last though: Jamal Lewis pulling up with a hamstring injury as he prepared to cross from the left - Matt Ritchie replacing him.

Jota shot just wide as Liverpool started to apply some pressure and then in the 21st minute, the aftermath of a cleared home corner saw Hayden stay down in his own six yard area clutching his head.

Our initial reaction from behind the goal was that the midfielder was feigning injury, but that shouldn't have mattered given the current accepted procedure of stopping the game to assess the severity of the problem. Instead though referee Mike Dean allowed play to continue; Dubravka saving Jota's initial effort, but the striker lashing in the rebound from point-blank range.

Saint-Maximin should have restored our lead just two minutes later after intercepting a pass and setting off on goal. Having jinked himself into a good shooting position though his low effort was saved.

The end to end action continued; the shortcomings of Joelinton, Shelvey and Fabian Schar allowing Sadio Mane to shoot and Mo Salah net the rebound. Having taken the lead though, Liverpool dominated the remainder of the half but struggled to build up any momentum after the restart.

Dean became the centre of attention again just after the hour mark, waving away appeals for a Magpies penalty after Fraser and Alexander-Arnold clashed in the box. Replays showed that Fraser's initial touch sent the ball towards his opponent, who otherwise wouldn't have made contact with it before sliding in on the Toon man.

And while our initial reaction from behind the goal was "no penalty", it's a moot point whether Dean could actually see from where he was placed. That incident caused the away section chants to switch from "Mike Dean, it's all about you" to "where the f*ck is VAR?"

With Liverpool seemingly content with their one goal lead, the notion that United could conjure up an equaliser to claim a point began to take hold: Shelvey curling a free kick just wide after Fraser was fouled on 71 minutes.

Wilson and Dwight Gayle warmed up before the former belatedly replaced the ailing Saint-Maximin. There was to be no clear-cut chance for the visitors though; Fabian Schar criminally wasting the chance to build an attack in the 86th minute when hoofing the ball 40 yards to the goalkeeper - a display of buffoonery that echoed Shelvey's late free kick at Brighton.

It was game over within 60 seconds; a short free-kick played to Alexander-Arnold, whose rising thunderbolt from 25 yards sailed into the top corner. Some post-match furore about Dean's positioning crucially leaving Dubravka unsighted seemed superfluous - two goalkeepers wouldn't have stopped it. Shelvey also got out of the way of the ball which hardly helped.

This expected defeat left us nineteenth, three points from safety. Fears that this would be a cricket score proved to be unfounded but the respite is only temporary, before leaders Manchester City visit Tyneside on Sunday.

While our focus remains on that league table though and the anticipation of what the January transfer window might bring, the deteriorating COVID situation threatens to overshadow anything else - placing the staging of matches in question, never mind whether fans will be permitted access to them.


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