The Liverpool team played their last weak game of the start of the season in the Premier League, but eventually took the success in the fifth round of the Premier League. After a “raucous” 9-0 victory over Bournemouth at Anfield, the Reds somehow managed a late drama to win 2-1 against ambitious Newcastle United in a Premier League intermediate round match.
The hosts should have even leveled at home after Alexander Isak scored his Geordie debut in the 38th minute for Roberto Firmino to equalize with just over an hour to play. Fabio Carvalho turned things around with a goal in the 97th minute in yet another late drama at Anfield.
Once again, in the five games so far, Liverpool played well below the expected level, which logically leads to the negative results in the current course of the campaign, but this time they took the three points. Liverpool sit in fifth place after this win with eight points, while Newcastle remain in 11th position with six points.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have a city derby against Everton next Saturday, while Eddie Howe’s Newcastle host Crystal Palace.
The game on Merseyside got off to a double-edged start, with both teams attempting quick attacks and the Magpies normally relying on quick counter-attacks after stealing the ball in front of their own goal. In the 10th minute, Newcastle’s new million-dollar purchase – Alexander Isaac, made a strong but inaccurate shot.
In the 17th, Ryan Fraser tried a powerful shot after another, good attack by the “Geordies”, but the midfielder’s shot was well over Alisson’s crossbar. The momentum in the match continued, and in the 20th, Jamal Lascelles slipped at a bad time, but Diaz’s pass to Firmino was stopped by Target.
After 29 minutes, Kieran Trippier had a good opportunity to attack the home goal from a free kick and chose to shoot straight into Alisson’s goal corner, which was an “easy job” for the Brazilian guard of the “Reds”. In the 34th, Allison saw Harvey Elliott pass on the right. He played with two of his teammates, then passed to Firmino. The Brazilian brought out a magical Luis Diaz, who feinted aside Pope, but “closed” his angle for a shot and the ball went out.
In the 38th, the 60 million purchase of Newcastle – Alexander Isaac, signed for the first time in England. Trent Alexander-Arnold gave the wrong diagonal and Almiron was found on the right and “beaten” by Van Dijk. Newcastle played through Sean Longstaff, who played a lovely pass for Isaac, and the Swede with a powerful shot checked the “reds” – 1:0 for the guests.
By the end of the half, Liverpool tried some pressure, which was rather chaotic and characterized the team’s play since the start of the season. The second half started with a chance for the Magpies, and what a chance it was. Alexander Isak put the ball into the Liverpool net after feinting Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez, but was offside.
After exactly an hour of play, Liverpool created their first good attack, which also led to the first accurate shot of the match for the hosts. Harvey Elliott found himself in a good shooting position but Nick Pope got down quickly to save the young midfielder’s shot. Seconds later Roberto Firmino scored his 101st goal for Liverpool. Elliott made a deep pass for Mo Salah, who laid it on the ground for Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian sent the ball into Pope’s bottom left corner with his right foot, the keeper this time having no way to deal with it.
After the equaliser, Liverpool began to possess the ball very seriously, while Newcastle clearly tired, which took Eddie Howe’s men deep enough. Although in control, the home team did not trouble Nick Pope a quarter of an hour before the end of the match. In the 79th minute, a powerful shot by Diaz was parried by Pope.
Seconds later Shaun Longstaff was fouled and Salah found Luis Diaz who shot across the pitch initially and Pope made a one-handed save. In the 83rd minute, Fabinho’s shot flew over the crossbar of the Geordie goal. Two minutes later, the Brazilian defensive midfielder again found himself in a shooting position, but his effort again went wide.
At the very end of the match, once again the magic of “Anfield” proved its factor, after the hosts snatched the three points, although they did not deserve them. A corner resulted in several ricochets into the box in front of Pope, with even Salah getting a header to combine with substitute Fabio Carvalho. The Portuguese made a powerful shot from close range with his right foot and sent the ball into the crossbar, after which it flew into the away goal – 2:1.
FT / LIVERPOOL – NEWCASTLE 2:1
0:1 Alexander Isaac (38)
1:1 Roberto Firmino (61)
2:1 Fabio Carvalho (90+7)
Stadium: “Anfield” (Liverpool)
Liverpool: Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, Gomes, Van Dijk, Robertson – Fabinho, Henderson, Elliott – Diaz, Salah, Firmino
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
Newcastle: Pope – Trippier, Byrne, Target, Longstaff, Wheelock, Joelinton, Almiron, Fraser, Isaac
Manager Eddie Howe