With a goal from substitute Fabio Carvalho in the dying seconds, Liverpool overturned Newcastle 2-1 in another match between the two teams that will be remembered for a long time.
The goal came 3 minutes into stoppage time and brought maddened joy to the fans as the Reds definitely had no advantage in the match. The disappointment remained for the guests.
The Magpies took the lead through record signing Alexander Isak and deserved to take something from the clash, but were unlucky in the end and suffered their first defeat of the campaign.
There were no line-up changes for the hosts from the rout against Bournemouth, with Joe Gomez keeping his place despite Joel Matip being reinstated. It was interesting at Newcastle. Record signing Alexander Isaac led the attack and made his official debut for the Magpies. Ryan Fraser appeared in place of the injured Alan Saint-Maximin, and it was also interesting in the center of defense, where Lascelles and Byrne replaced Bothman and Sher.
The visitors started solidly and Liverpool were not able to cause problems for the opponent. That’s why nothing special was happening in the first minutes. In the 16th minute, the Magpies showed their intent when Fraser fired wide.
The match was otherwise dynamic and open, but without clean situations. Isak blocked a shot from Gomes and it was an important intervention by the Swedish striker. Kieran Trippier went close to another free-kick, but Alisson saved.
A big miss followed by Luis Diaz, who, brought on by Firmino, rounded Pope but couldn’t find the empty net and shoot low. This is how it came to the 38th minute, when Newcastle silenced “Anfield”. Alexander-Arnold lost the ball then it fell to Longstaff who brought Isaac into the box and he scored with a powerful shot.
The break came when the visitors were ahead, but they knew the hard work was yet to come. Isaac’s goal was disallowed for offside, and the home team continued to miss a shot. However, in the 61st minute, the class had its say.
Salah was brought in from the right, entered the penalty area and passed to Roberto Firmino, who with his first touch found the far corner for 1:1. The calm goal pleased the hosts, who could also look towards triumph.
However, time passed, and a new goal never came. However, Diaz had Pope save his shot from twenty meters and Newcastle certainly looked pleased with the draw. The referee added 5 minutes to the 90 minutes, but after they passed, the match was not over.
This angered Eddie Howe and Liverpool kept attacking. Gomez volleyed the ball over the bar before the hosts won a corner deep into stoppage time. After the cross, there was a scramble at the far post, the visitors failed to clear and Carvalho was able to shoot from close range and send the ball into the net under the bar.
The youngster, who turned 20 the day before the match, as well as his teammates, fell into euphoria, and the stands went crazy. There was tension between the two benches, but in the end the victory went to Liverpool.
Merseysiders now have 8 points and feel more relaxed, although their game was not brilliant. Newcastle are on 6 but deserve a lot of praise for their performance.
Liverpool – Newcastle 2:1
0:1 Isaac 38
1:1 Firmino 61
2:1 Carvalho 98
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold (69 Carvalho), Gomes, Van Dijk, Robertson (69 Tsimikas), Henderson (69 Milner), Elliott, Fabinho, Salah, Firmino, Diaz
Newcastle: Pope, Trippier, Lascelles, Byrne, Target, Longstaff, Joelinton, Wheelock, Almiron (84 Anderson), Fraser (64 Murphy), Isaac (64 Wood)