Liverpool 3 – 1 Newcastle

A stunning goal from Trent Alexander-Arnold sealed Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Newcastle at Anfield and brought the Reds back within one point of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Jonjo Shelvey’s superb shot from distance (7) brought the Magpies into an initial shock upon his return to his former team, but Liverpool equalized under controversial circumstances.

Diogo Jota (21) turned at home the second time he asked, but Isaac Hayden was in the box, clutching his head after being caught defending a corner of Liverpool moments earlier. Newcastle’s protests were understandable, but the goal remained.

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“It was clear to me that Isaac fell holding his head immediately,” said Newcastle manager Eddie Howe. BT Sport. “In my opinion the game should have been stopped.

“It had a huge impact on the game. We were ahead. It seems unfair and I feel it has been doubly hard for our players.”

Four minutes later and Mohamed Salah (25) scored once again to see Liverpool take the lead. He has now equaled Jamie Vardy’s record for Premier League goal entrances in consecutive games (15), set by the Leicester forward in 2015.

The match was more balanced in the second half and it took an incredible effort from Alexander-Arnold (87) to secure the three points for Liverpool. The full-back thundered an effort beyond Martin Dubravka’s fingertips as the Reds became the first team to win 2,000 top-flight English games.

Trent Alexander-Arnold cheers with Roberto Firmino after scoring Liverpool's third goal
Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates with Roberto Firmino after scoring Liverpool’s third goal

Liverpool are now one point behind Manchester City at the top and three ahead of third-placed Chelsea, who drew 1-1 with Everton on Thursday.

Newcastle – who lost Jamal Lewis and Allan Saint-Maximin to injury – remain in 19th place at 10 points with Burnley and Watford holding games. However, their performance in battle will be encouraging for the new boss Howe.

How Liverpool defeated Newcastle

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah cheers after scoring the second goal
Mohamed Salah rejoices after scoring once again for Liverpool

Liverpool dominated the opening minutes – the returning Jota forcing Dubravka to a strong save – but it was Newcastle who took the lead in the seventh minute. Thiago’s poor clearance fell on Shelvey’s path. The former Liverpool midfielder then threw a gentle shot at the corner of goal from distance, catching Alisson off guard.

Shortly thereafter, Sadio Mane hit the post, although he was flagged for offside, before Jota made a glorious attempt to equalize. Fabian Schar’s slide challenge failed to stop him as he entered the box, but he was pushed out by Shelvey before Jota hit the side of the net.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (8), Matip (7), Konate (7), Robertson (7), Henderson (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (7), Thiago (5), Jota (7), Mane (7), False (7).

Sub used: Firmino (6), Keita (6), Milner (n / a).

Newcastle: Dubravka (7), Manquillo (6), Schar (6), Lascelles (7), Lewis (n / a), Hayden (6), Shelvey (7), Murphy (7), Saint-Maximin (7), Fraser (7), Joelinton (7).

Sub used: Ritchie (6), Wilson (6), Willock (n / a).

Man of the match: Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Jota was on the report a few minutes later. However, it came under controversial circumstances, with Hayden falling after knocking out a corner of Liverpool. Schar knocked too, but managed to get to his feet in time.

The hosts recycle the ball with a Mane cross from the right that finds Jota, who sees his first header saved by Dubravka at the near post. However, he scored from a rebound and referee Mike Dean was immediately surrounded by Newcastle players.

Team news

  • Liverpool made two changes and the big news was the omissions of Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho after the pair tested positive at Covid-19. It was the first Premier League match that Van Dijk lost this season.
  • Ibrahima Konate entered the defense with Diogo Jota who also returned to the XI after losing by one blow. The reassembled Roberto Firmino is back among the substitutes.
  • Newcastle made three changes. Miguel Almiron, Joe Willock and Callum Wilson all took the bench, with Isaac Hayden, Ryan Fraser and Jacob Murphy.

Hayden remained on the floor, clutching his head, with guests complaining that the game was not stopped due to potential head injury with about five seconds between incident and goal. Newcastle’s frustrations were understandable, but the draw remained, with Hayden soon cleared to continue.

Four minutes later, Liverpool were leading. Shelvey’s bad back pass allowed Mane to pass. Another Schar slip caught the Liverpool forward but he did well to stay on his feet before his worn shot was saved by Dubravka, but Salah was waiting to hammer the ball into the far corner.

Jota draws for Liverpool (AP)
Diogo Jota draws for Liverpool in controversial circumstances

Newcastle played in better form in the second half when the two sides traded shots in the early stages. Mane forced Dubravka to a superb save and with a nod he nodded an Alexander-Arnold free kick to the goal. On the other hand, Jacob Murphy sent a shot wide.

Newcastle continued to challenge the hosts, who lacked momentum in attack in the second half. There was a penalty shout in the 64th minute when Alexander-Arnold tackled Ryan Fraser from behind. However, he took the ball first, and after a lengthy VAR review, the decision on the pitch remained. Then, Shelvey took a dangerous free kick just wide.

Jonjo Shelvey gives Newcastle the lead
Jonjo Shelvey gave Newcastle the lead on his return to Anfield

Liverpool started working more on Dubravka as the match progressed – Naby Keita forcing the keeper to a clever save – but it was Alexander-Arnold’s late rocket that was the choice of goals. He received the ball at 25 yards and took a touch before thundering the ball into the top corner with a serious rhythm. Dubravka went right, but there was nothing he could do to keep it out.

Man of the Match – Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a superb third in the final for Liverpool
Alexander-Arnold scored a superb third in the final for Liverpool

Just for the goal, the Liverpool right-back must take the prize. It was an absolutely superb effort, rivaling Kevin De Bruyne’s for Man City on Tuesday. He also ranked at the top of the Liverpool squad by interceptions, created chances and total dribbles (all three).

She said BT Sport after the game: “I expected it [type of goal] for five years. I took a few from the edge of the box and dragged them. I took the sweet one and it nestled in the top corner, one sweet hit and put the game to bed. “

What the managers said

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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool deserved a 3-1 win over Newcastle but praised Eddie Howe’s side for their approach to the game

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager BT Sport: “We used more Bournemouth than Newcastle to analyze the game. We expected similar things. They made our life hard to tell the truth. We rushed in the moments, it wasn’t like we had 15 or 16 clear chances but we scored really well goals. “

On Trent’s goal: “It was a blast, incredible. His shooting technique is of an absolutely different level. In games like this, stay positive, stay offensive in moments like this, take the opportunity. Thank God Mike Dean he’s good on his legs so he could get out of the way! “

On Jota’s goal: “I never saw him again. They both got up later. I’m not saying it’s like this situation, but very often players go into the box when they lose a match, but I don’t know, I couldn’t see it. The assistant on my side told me that everything was fine, that two players from the same team got together. “

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Eddie Howe says he can’t understand why Liverpool’s draw in Newcastle’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield was left standing

Newcastle coach Eddie Howe BT Sport: “I am really sorry for Liverpool’s first goal. I need to see him again but it was clear to me that Isaac fell to the ground immediately holding his head. In my opinion the game should have been stopped.

“It had a huge impact on the game. We were leading. It seems unfair and I feel it has been doubly hard for our players.

“I think [the referee Mike Dean] he told me that he felt that Isaac had held his back, for me he had held his head. He was stunned for four or five minutes. It is a dangerous time when we have to think about the player’s safety. I don’t think you want to see the games decided when the players are out of the game. “

Eight statistics

  • Newcastle are winless in their last 26 Premier League away games against Liverpool (D5 L21), the second longest ever winless away game against an opponent in league history (29 v Man Utd between 1973 and 2012).
  • Liverpool have scored in each of their last 32 games in all competitions, the longest run in the club’s history.
  • Jonjo Shelvey’s first goal for Newcastle was his third Premier League goal against Liverpool. Of the players who previously played for the Reds in the competition, only Nicolas Anelka (5) has scored more against them after leaving.
  • Liverpool’s Diogo Jota scored his ninth Premier League goal of the season, equaling his best ever comeback in a single season in the competition (also 9 in 2018-19 and 2020-21).

What’s next?

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