Article by Jack Gill @JackLFCGill
Liverpool face Newcastle in the penultimate game of the season as the race for the Premier league title continues. The 177th recorded fixture between the two sides will be the Reds’ last away game of the season.
26th December 2018: Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle
Liverpool hammered Newcastle on Boxing day in 2018 and the league leaders equaled Chelsea’s record from 2008-09 of the fewest goals conceded having only conceded seven goals after nineteen games of a top flight season. The win also put LFC seven points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
It was Dejan Lovren who opened the scoring with a thunderous effort. The Liverpool centre-half hammering home after an attempted cleared header from Jamaal Lascelles fell straight at his feet.
Shaqiri came close to getting Liverpool’s second from a free-kick but martin Dubravka saved brilliantly to prevent the Swiss, real life action man from getting on the scoresheet. Mo Salah won Liverpool’s first penalty at Anfield for 424 days as he was brought to ground by Paul Dummett. The Egyptian himself converted the penalty just after half-time to make it 2-0 Liverpool.
Liverpool’s third was extremely well worked and finished off coolly by ‘Big Shaq’. An Andy Robertson cross found Sturridge on the edge of the area who with his back to goal found Jordan Henderson. The Skipper produced a lovely first time pass to Trent Alexander-Arnold and the young Scouser put it on a plate for Shaqiri to get Liverpool’s third with eleven minutes to go.
Six minutes later, Fabinho got his first goal for the club, heading home from a Mohamed Salah corner to ensure that the Reds win 4-0 against Rafa’s Newcastle on Boxing Day.
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23rd April 2016 – Liverpool 2-2 Newcastle
This match finished with a point a for both sides as Liverpool and Newcastle were involved in a high scoring draw at Anfield.
Daniel Sturridge scored the first goal of the game inside the opening two minutes with a brilliant finish on the turn to put the Reds a goal to the good.
Liverpool went into the break leading two-nil after a brilliant strike by Adam Lallana on his weak foot. The Englishman found the top corner from 20 yards out with a beautiful finish that Karl Darlow had no chance of saving.
Liverpool went into half-time cruising and looked very comfortable with the two goal lead and I don’t think anybody expected the Newcastle United comeback that came in the second half.
Three minutes after the interval, Newcastle had a goal back. Papiss Cisse heading in after an error from Simon Mignolet, who came out to punch Vurnon Anita’s cross that was always swinging away from the Belgian goalkeeper.
With 25 minutes to go, Newcastle were level with Jack Colback getting on the scoresheet after Liverpool were right to feel aggrieved for not being awarded a penalty when Daniel Sturridge was brought to ground. Newcastle’s counter attacking in the second half had been really affective and Colback’s goal came from that. The midfielder’s shot took a deflection to help guide his effort into the back of the net and wrong-foot Simon Mignolet.
27th April 2013: Newcastle 0-6 Liverpool
Liverpool hammered Newcastle at St James’ Park in April 2013. Liverpool took the lead in the third minute through a Daniel Agger header. The LFC centre-half took advantage of some lackluster defending from the Magpies whose defence fell asleep as they seemed to be convinced that they had played Agger offside.
Less than fifteen minutes later Liverpool’s lead was doubled as Jordan Henderson got himself on the scoresheet. There was brilliant build-up play between Coutinho and Sturridge after Reina had kicked the ball long and Sturridge put it on a plate for Hendo who finished into an empty net.
Liverpool’s third came in the 54th minute of the match as Phillipe Coutinho released Sturridge with a brilliant ball and Sturridge did the rest producing a brilliant finish passed Rob Elliot.
Six minutes later, on the hour mark, Sturridge got his second and Liverpool’s fourth of the day. Steven Gerrard picked out Henderson with a beautiful ball over the top of the Newcastle defence and Henderson squared it to Sturridge who had a simple finish.
Fabio Borini was the scorer of Liverpool’s fifth and once again Phillipe Coutinho was heavily involved in the build-up. After some brilliance from the untouchable Brazilian, the ball eventually found its way to Stewart Downing who produced a lovely ball into the box for Borini and the Italian poked the ball passed Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal.
Just two minutes later, Debuchy received a second yellow card and was dismissed. It got worse for the Magpies as from the resulting free-kick the Reds made it six and Jordan Henderson joined Daniel Sturridge in completing a brace. Liverpool’s number fourteen whipped in a free-kick from the left hand side and the ball directly went into the back of the net. Liverpool were 6-0 up and boos were heard around St James’ Park from the home fans after a dismal Newcastle performance where they saw their biggest home defeat since 1925.
30th December 2011: Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle
Newcastle took the lead at Anfield in this one after an own goal by Daniel Agger in the 25thminute, though I’m sure Yohan Cabaye is still claiming the goal as his own.
Newcastle’s lasted just four minutes before Liverpool levelled the score. Charlie Adam fired the ball across the goal and Cheik Tiote’s attempted clearance fell straight to Craig Bellamy on the edge of the box. With five Newcastle players on the line it seemed like Bellamy had no chance but the Welsh international thundered a shot goal-bound and found the back of the net with a powerful strike.
After a crazy few minutes we wouldn’t see another goal until the 67thminute when Bellamy got his second and put the reds ahead for the first time in the head. Similarly to his first, it was another thunderbolt from Bellamy but this one came from a free-kick from thirty yards and Tim Krul really should’ve done better.
Marin Skrtel kept it at 2-1 with a brilliant goal-line clearance to prevent Demba Ba from equalising as the Newcastle striker had lifted the ball over Pepe Reina.
Eleven minutes after Bellamy put Liverpool ahead, Captain Fantastic put the game to bed. A good move from Liverpool was completed with Steven Gerrard putting the ball past Tim Krul from a considerably tight angle to make sure Liverpool get the three points.
28th December 2008: Newcastle 1-5 Liverpool
We seem to play Newcastle during the Christmas period a lot, don’t we. This one was a six goal thriller in 2008. The first goal came on the half hour mark courtesy of Stevie G. The ball finding its way off both posts and into the back of the net after the ball had been pulled back by Yossi Benayoun.
Five minutes later, Gerrard went from scorer to provider as his corner was met by big Sami Hyppia who powered a header passed Shay Given.
On the stroke of half-time, Newcastle pulled a goal back as they too scored from a corner. David Edgar beating Reina, heading into the roof of the net.
Less than five minutes after the break Liverpool restored their two goal advantage as Ryan Babel made most of a pinball like situation from a corner by stabbing home from close range to put the Reds 3-1 ahead.
Liverpool’s fourth was a thing of beauty. After some lovely football from the Reds, Steven Gerrard finished off the move by dinking the ball over Shay Given superbly to ensure that LFC went 4-1 up.
With just over ten minutes to go, Liverpool were handed the opportunity to strengthen their lead even further when Newcastle’s goalscorer, Edgar was penalised for tripping David Ngog and a penalty was awarded. The reliable Xabi Alonso made no mistake from the spot, converting to make it 5-1.
With the Reds playing two days before Manchester City play Leicester, it’s a chance for Liverpool to play their move and put pressure on City once again. Lets hope for lots of goals for LFC and a clean sheet would be nice too!
Up the Reds!
Article by Jack Gill (@JackLFCGill)