That's your lot! Liverpool make it a nap hand of victories to start the Premier League season, as they hunt down their first title since 1990. Newcastle got off to a flying start, and had a few chances early in the second half to draw level, but the class of the hosts ultimately told.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
Liverpool - Newcastle United
Premier League - 14 September 2019
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Both teams are going through the motions here. Shelvey tries to chip a ball through to Atsu in the Liverpool area, but he gets too much on it and the ball dribbles out for a goal kick.
There will be a minimum of three additional minutes.
Mane gets the ball in the net from a cut-back by Firmino, but the Brazilian was offside and Mane is denied his hat-trick.
Another brilliant flick from Firmino manages to release both Salah and Alexander-Arnold into a shooting position in the Newcastle area. Alexander-Arnold gets to it first, but Dubravka is out well to block the shot.
Salah wins another corner for Liverpool. It's worked short to Alexander-Arnold, but his cross is low and easily cleared.
The final change for Liverpool, as Shaqiri replaces Wijnaldum.
Firmino tries to slide in Salah, but Dummett reads it well and cuts the pass out. After a brief scramble the ball goes out for a Liverpool corner. From that, Mane gets the cross first but drifts his header wide of goal.
Play is stopped as both Schar and Hayden are down injured. Schar has been carrying a knock for most of the half, and is replaced by Fernandez.
Newcastle look deflated here, they'll be rueing that miss by Krafth earlier in the half.
Milner replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain for Liverpool.
Atsu finds Joelinton with a cross, but he can't get enough on his header and it drifts well wide.
GOAL! Liverpool 3 (Salah 72) Newcastle United 1
So simple for Liverpool and that could be the match. Salah, hitherto quiet, suddenly bursts into life. He lays it to Firmino on the edge of the area, Firmino craftily works the ball out of trouble in a tight space and back flicks it it the onrunning Salah, who bursts through into the Newcastle area and drills a low shot into the bottom corner. That's a gorgeous goal.
Liverpool get a free-kick on the right after a foul on Mane. Alexander-Arnold launches it to the back post, where van Dijk rises to head back across goal but Newcastle clear.
A double change for Newcastle. Muto is on for Almiron, while Manquillo replaces Krafth.
Dubravka is at it again now, smothering a cut-back from Firmino that threatened to find the unmarked Salah in the six-yard box. He's been excellent in the second half and has needed to be, because Liverpool are swarming all over the Newcastle goal here.
CHANCE FOR ROBERTSON! He plays a one-two with Firmino, who returns the ball to him with a Michael Laudrup-style scoop over Krafth. Robertson shoots from a tight angle and Dubravka gets something on it to turn it away for a corner. That's a really good save.
Firnino finds Salah in the area, who has been very quiet this afternoon. Salah's first time shot is well blocked by Lascelles.
Robertson accelerates past Krafth down the left, but his cross is well cleared. Seconds later Alexander-Arnold whips a ball into Firmino, whose glancing header goes straight into the arms of Dubravka.
A lull now after that brief flurry of action. Liverpool are still controlling possession but the lead is still only one, and Newcastle are a lively proposition so far in this half.
A huge chance for Liverpool now, as Salah slides Alexander-Arnold in on the right of Newcastle's area. He booms a shot across the goal, and it rockets off Dubravka and out for a corner,
HUGE CHANCE FOR NEWCASTLE! Atsu goes on a gallop tight to the left wing. Oxlade-Chamberlain tracks him all the way, but is eventually beaten. Atsu lobs a lopping cross into the box, which finds Krafth completely unmarked at the back post. HE chests it down, but lashes a wild shot over the bar. What a chance.
A brief glimmer of a chance for Newcastle, as Almiron finds a good crossing position on the right but curls his inswinger straight into the arms of Adrian.
ALMOST A GOAL OF THE SEASON CONTENDER FOR LIVERPOOL! Mane royally takes the Michael in the middle of the park, chipping the ball away from a sliding tackle, spinning and finding Robertson on the left. His first time cross is cushioned on the volley by Wijnaldum, who then volleys a dipping shot in the same movement. The ball lands just on top of the net of the top corner, with Dubravka beaten. What a goal that could have been!
An early chance for Newcastle. Almiron and Joelinton combine well on the edge of the area, and lay the ball of to Krafth on the right of the area. His shot is blocked away by Robertson for a corner, from which nothing comes.
Peep peep, we're off again. No changes at half-time.
That's your lot for the first half. Newcastle took a shock lead in the opening exchanges, but the home team have cashed in on their superiority in possession thereafter.
Respite for Newcaslte as they get the ball in Liverpool's half. Shelvey tries to find Joelinton with a cross-cum-through pass but it's cut out and Adrian clears.
There will be three additional minutes due to Origi's injury. Wijnaldum gets a shot away from the edge of the area but he doesn't quite catch it, and the ball trundles through to Dubravka.
Mane will be hunting a hat-trick in the second half. What a player he's become for Liverpool.
GOAL! Liverpool 2 (Mane 40) Newcastle United 1
Liverpool are in front! Atsu is robbed of the ball in midfield, and it breaks to Firmino. He slides a through ball into the area to Mane, which Dubravka races out to intercept. The pass is slightly overhit, but Durbavka fumbles as he tries to gather under pressure from Mane. The ball pops up in front of an empty net six yards out, which Mane simply pokes over the line. That's a clanger from the Newcastle goalkeeper.
Origi can't continue here, he's replaced by Firmino.
There's a break here as Origi is down, and getting treatment on his ankle.
Newcastle can't get out of their own half here, with their team pinned back into their defensive third. Half time feels a long way away, but they're hanging on a bit here.
From distance van Dijk has a yahoo at goal, but it's nowhere near on target. He may well win the Ballon d'Or this year, but not for that kind of thing.
Liverpool win another corner, and Newcastle are seriously under pressure here.
GOAL! Liverpool 1 (Mane 28) Newcastle United 1
It's been coming, and Liverpool are level! Brilliant, incisive work by Robertson down the left cuts Newcastle open, and he lays the ball off to Mane in the area. Mane opens his body up and launches a right foot shot into the top corner of Dubravka's net. It's another stunning goal, and we're all square!
Howls for a penalty by Liverpool as Matip hits the deck when the corner comes in. The replay shows Lascelles cuddling Matip's neck. Newcastle might have got away with one there.
Dummett superbly blocks a cross from Alexander-Arnold to give a corner to Liverpool. It comes to nothing, but Liverpool are imposing themselves now and win another corner after Salah's shot is deflected wide.
Pressure here from Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold whips one in from the right that Lascelles just about glances off the head of Origi. The ball falls to Mane, who crosses to Origi again but the forward can't direct his header on target from seven yards and it drifts wide.
A long ball from the back almost releases Joelinton, who is marginally offside.
Shelvey gets the ball in the centre-circle, completely unmarked. He looks up to see Adrian off his line, and tries to lob him from the Newcastle half. His connection is poor, and it dribbles out miserably for a goal kick.
Newcastle clear the corner. It eventually finds Alexander-Arnold, who whips in a cross that Mane guides well wide of the goal from a long way out.
Origi wins the first corner of the day for Liverpool.
Newcastle are compact and organised, with Liverpool dominating possession. A huge chorus of Blaydon Races goes up from the jubilant Newcastle fans.
Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to up the tempo for Liverpool. He piles through the middle and lets a right-footer fly from thirty yards, which whistles a few yards past Dubravka's post.
It's safe to say that Anfield is utterly stunned by that. A long ball to Willems isolates him on the left with Alexander-Arnold again, but he's offside.
GOAL! Liverpool 0 Newcastle United 1 (Willems 7)
Well well, look at this, Newcastle are in front! A quick break by Newcastle sees Atsu find the wingback Willems one on one with Alexander-Arnold on the left of the Liverpool box. He drags the ball inside with his studs to open up the angle, and thunders an unstoppable strike past Adrian!
A brief sojourn forward for Newcastle, as van Dijk cuts out a through pass to Almiron and Liverpool coolly play their way out of danger via Adrian.
Origi has gone down here, clipped in a 50:50 with Almiron. He's soon back to his feet though.
Liverpool have settled into an early bout of possession here, at about 60% of the thrust that their jet-heeled team is capable of. Newcastle are happy to leave them to it so far.
Peep peep, we're up and running!
It's a glorious sunny day in Liverpool, the conditions are perfect. The teams are just letting the Premier League's dramatic intro music play out while going through the obligatory pre-match handshakes. You'll Never Walk Alone fires up on the tannoy, and it's nearly time to go...
The teams are in the tunnel and ready to go, with the captains Virgil van Dijk and Jamaal Lascelles set to lead the teams out. Your referee for today’s fun and mischief will be Andre Marriner.
It’s impossible to talk about a game between Liverpool and Newcastle at Anfield without drifting off into reverie about one such fixture from the past in particular. You all know it – that balmy spring evening of 3 April 1996, where Roy Evans’ soon-to-be-christened Spice Boys and Kevin Keegan’s doomed romantics traded haymakers in the forlorn pursuit of the Premier League title. They both won a different prize instead; those teams contested what is surely the greatest Premier League game of all time, which Stan Collymore closed in to steal 4-3 for Liverpool in injury time. It was the springboard for the Premier League as we know it today. You can draw a line back from all the modern hype and hoopla about the club game in England to that one extraordinary evening at Anfield 23 years ago.
When Rafael Benitez left Newcastle United at the end of June there were immediate fears that the team might go into a tailspin this season. Replacement manager Steve Bruce lost his opening two Premier League games but has since bounced back admirably by winning away at Tottenham and then salvaging a home draw with Watford. Keeping this mini-revival going will be tough, however; Newcastle haven’t won at Anfield since April 1994.
Liverpool have flown out of the gate in the Premier League this season, winning all four matches to sit on top of the table in its early stages. When tied to their run-in at the end of last season that saw them go agonisingly close to winning the title, Jurgen Klopp’s team are on a record run. Their 3-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor just before the international break was their thirteenth Premier League victory in a row.
Just one change for Newcastle from their home draw with Watford prior to the international break. Promising midfielder Sean Longstaff hurt his ankle in training and will not be involved today. His place is taken by Shelvey.
Still no Alisson for Liverpool, so Adrian carries on in nets for the home side. There are just two changes from the team that beat Burnley. After the recent spate of internationals, Henderson and Firmino are rested/rotated/dropped to the bench this lunchtime, replaced in the starting eleven by Oxlade-Chamberlain and Origi.
Newcastle United team (4-5-1): Dubravka; Krafth, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Willems; Almiron Hayden, Shelvey, Atsu; Joelinton
SUBS: Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Clark, Matty Longstaff, Ki, Muto
Liverpool team (4-3-3): Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mane, Salah, Origi
SUBS: Kelleher, Firmino, Milner, Gomez, Lallana, Henderson, Shaqiri
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