Monday, 5 November 2012

Liverpool v Newcastle

After a disappointing exit from the Capital One Cup to Swansea, Liverpool regrouped and looked to register only a fourth home win in 2012 at home to Newcastle.

The starting 11 was a carbon copy from the Merseyside Derby but hopefully a best result than a draw.

Liverpool came out of the blocks quickly with Anita fouling Sterling which led to Gerrard testing Krul's reflexes with the Dutchman passing the test.

Sterling combined with Sahin to cross into the box but the Newcastle defence cleared the threat which drew Alan Pardew to change his original plan for the game.

Both sides had further chances with Suarez curling wide from a free-kick before Newcastle tested Brad Jones from long range.

Suarez was in action again as he beat Steven Taylor to a header similar to his previous two goals but this time round the chance went wide.

Suso danced his way past the Newcastle defenders but his shot was cleared via a deflection which soon proved to be costly as two minutes before the break as Yohan Cabaye volleyed into the top corner right in front of a stunned Kop end.

Half time arrived and Liverpool wondered how after dominating they had gone into the break behind to a goal against the run of play.

Liverpool had to banish a record from 11 months ago against Newcastle in which they came from behind to win and a few openings early in the half showed that the record could be in the way out.

Sahin went close which led to a Newcastle breakaway which thankfully was quashed by Skrtel with a well timed challenge.

Liverpool's breakthrough came in the 67th minute as Enrique propelled a ball over his former team mates to pick out Suarez who went on a solo run past his marker and fooling Krul to finish into an empty net.

It was nearly a complete turnaround as Suarez carved open the defence to setup Shelvey who slipped while attempting a shot and Sterling soon had a glorious chance but hesitated and allowed Taylor to block his eventual shot.

Newcastle had a blow in the 84th minute as Coloccini received his marching orders with a straight red after grazing his studs down Suarez's leg but the extra man didn't allow Liverpool to change the scoreline and Shelvey's chances near the end saw an easy save for Krul and a tense tap onto the bar from the keeper.

So another draw and with two massive games this coming week a win would have boosted confidence ahead of the trips to Anzhi and Chelsea.