- Newcastle led by way of Anthony Gordon earlier than Virgil van Dijk was sent off
- Darwin Nunez got here off the bench to score two late goals for the guests
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First, the group with 11 who regarded like they’d 10 and swallowed a bitter defeat from the jaws of victory. For Newcastle, this simmering contest boiled down to a missed alternative – each actually and metaphorically.
Without a win towards Liverpool in eight years and main 1-0 towards 10 males early in the second half, Miguel Almiron had the black and whites in the Gallowgate End ducking for cowl when blazing over the crossbar from shut vary.
Forty or so minutes later and those self same followers had been hiding behind these exact same fingertips as Darwin Nunez accomplished a stunning comeback with two goals from the bench. By now, the dwelling plenty had been extra black and blue.
And so to the winners. Liverpool could have been lowered in quantity when Virgil van Dijk was sent off in the first half, however they had been multiplied in spirit.
It felt like 11 versus 10 in the closing levels, and it was Jurgen Klopp’s introduction of Nunez – in addition to Harvey Elliot and Diogo Jota – that gave the phantasm of them having the further man.
Eddie Howe, in the meantime, had taken off scorer and finest participant Anthony Gordon and his group quickly misplaced form and objective. He duly misplaced for a fifth time towards the Reds as Newcastle supervisor.
Howe admitted afterwards there have been issues he would have executed in a different way – and leaving on Gordon, up towards a booked and spooked Trent Alexander-Arnold, would have been prime of that checklist of regrets.
For Klopp, there was no such anguish, declaring it considered one of the most particular video games from his 1000 as a coach. Nunez had scored solely as soon as since the 7-0 win over Manchester United in March – however each supervisor and participant loved this much more than that demolition.
Klopp beat his chest on full-time. And so nicely he may, given his aspect had punched themselves in the face in the first half. More on the calamity of that begin shortly.
Newcastle (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman (Targett 87), Burn; Guimaraes, Tonali (Longstaff 72), Joelinton (Anderson 82); Almiron, Gordon (Barnes 72), Isak (Wilson 72)
Manager: Eddie Howe
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip (Quansah 77), van Dijk, Robertson; Endo (Elliott 58), Szoboszlai, Mac Allister (Nunez 77); Salah, Diaz (Gomez 33), Gakpo (Jota 58)
Goals: Nunez 2
Booked: Alexander-Arnold, Nunez
Sent off: Van Dijk
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
Nunez, although, was the overriding cause that what had threatened to be an implosion lastly climaxed with a joyous explosion. The away bench emptied when he struck his 93rd-minute winner, and these already on the pitch had actually emptied their tanks in pursuit of victory.
Twice the Uruguayan had burst clear in behind an uncovered defence and punished the hosts, who had been enjoying with a rank air of complacency given their numerical benefit. To suppose, the dwelling crowd had bemoaned the sign for simply 5 further minutes, believing their group nonetheless had it inside them to get well from Nunez’s 81st-minute equaliser and win the sport.
But when Bruno Guimaraes misplaced possession in midfield and Mo Salah slipped the ball past defender Dan Burn, Nunez received the foot race with yards to spare and clipped effortlessly previous Nick Pope. The win felt deserved.
Not that you’d have forecast that final result after half an hour, as Van Dijk turned the air blue having seen pink. His obvious abuse of the officers might but see his ban prolonged.
But it wanted only some minutes of red-blooded ferocity to realise that Stockley Park would in some unspecified time in the future be scrolling by way of some pink mist. That opening served as the proverbial advert for the theatre of the Premier League. Or, fairly, Fight Night: Jurgen Klopp versus Jason Tindall.
Their pearly whites had been beaming again at each other by way of a pair of snarls on six minutes when Alexander-Arnold was lucky to escape a pink card. The defender had solely simply been booked for throwing away the ball when he stopped Gordon breaking clear in entrance of the dugouts shut to midway.
Without the first yellow, you believe you studied his foul – a deliberate nudge on Gordon – would have warranted a warning. As it was, John Brooks determined towards exhibiting two yellows inside 60 seconds. Tindall believed he ought to have executed and Klopp disagreed, barking at the Newcastle assistant to sit down.
Tindall responded by shushing the Liverpool boss and Klopp was quickly left speechless when Newcastle took the lead on 25 minutes. Salah was the creator, however solely as a result of his move rolled beneath the boot of Alexander-Arnold and Gordon ran clear to slot between the legs of Allison.
Three minutes later and Van Dijk was off, taking man and ball as he tried to masks some lazy defending with a slipshod problem on Alexander Isak on the fringe of the space. Jamie Carragher mentioned he wasn’t certain if it was a goalscoring alternative – given Isak has scored far tougher possibilities than that, you might be certain it was.
Allison then saved his aspect in it with a blinding save from Almiron’s volley earlier than the Paraguayan, on 50 minutes, skied the likelihood which, on reflection, felt like a turning level. Liverpool grew in confidence and twice, courtesy of Joelinton and Sven Botman, Newcastle wanted heroic interventions to deny Liverpool an equaliser. Almiron struck the publish in between.
But Botman went from hero to villain when he received himself in a tangle and was unable to lower out Jota’s throughball. Nunez did the relaxation with a medical end by way of the inside the publish for 1-1.
From that time, the 10 males regarded the extra probably winners, and so it proved. An alternative missed for Newcastle. An alternative – and alternatives – taken by Nunez.
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