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REPORT – Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: Magpies put in decent performance despite defeat at Anfield

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Newcastle were in the game until the closing stages despite 3-1 away defeat at Liverpool on Thursday evening as the hosts move to within a point of league leaders Manchester City.

Howe’s side were written off by pretty much everyone at the start of the evening and rightly so, but after Jonjo Shelvey fired the visitors ahead with a 25-yard curling strike into the bottom corner (7), Toon fans were sent into delirium.

Predictably, the lead didn’t last long and in typical Newcastle style the Magpies gifted the Reds a way back into the game after a controversial equaliser.

Midfielder Isaac Hayden went down with a ‘head injury’ after clearing a dangerous corner from Andy Robertson before the ball was recycled by the home side and found its way to the back post where Diogo Jota netted his 9th of the season.

Hayden was grounded and holding his head as play continued but Klopp’s side refused to put the ball out of play while referee Mike Dean waved play-on, which led to Liverpool levelling the scores after just 21 minutes.

Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe told BT sport after the game:

“It was clear to me that Isaac went down holding his head immediately. In my opinion the game should have been stopped.”

He added:

“It’s had a huge bearing on the game. We had the lead. It feels unjust and I feel it was doubly hard on our players.”

The home side took the lead just four minutes later after Sadio Mane’s effort rebounded straight to the feet of Mohamed Salah from Dubravka’s save.

The Egyptian placed his shot into the bottom corner and has now matched Jamie Vardy’s record for Premier League goal involvements in consecutive games (15), set in Leicester’s 2015 title winning season.

Liverpool sealed their 6th league victory in a row after Trent Alexander-Arnold smashed a stunner into the Newcastle net (87) to take his side to within a point of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

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To make things worse for Newcastle, Jamal Lewis and Allan Saint-Maximin were taken off due to injury as the Magpies remain in 19th place on 10 points with Burnley and Watford having games in hand. However, the fight and effort in the performance will be encouraging for new boss Eddie Howe.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Liverpool dominated the opening stages – Martin Dubravka made a sharp save to his left in the fourth minute as Sadio Mane’s drilled shot threatened the Newcastle net from a classy back-heel from Mo Salah.

However, Newcastle took a surprise early lead at Anfield. Thiago’s poor clearance found its way to Shelvey’s feet midway inside the home side’s half as the ex-Liverpool man curled a stunning effort into the bottom corner  to send his side ahead.

Soon after, Portuguese striker Diogo Jota missed a guilt-edged opportunity to put the home side level. Newcastle sloppily gave the ball away after intense pressure from the Reds as Fabian Schar failed to prevent Jota from bearing down on Dubravka.

However, Jonjo Shelvey was able to push the striker wide and shut down the angle for the shot which subsequently hit the side netting.

Jota netted the equaliser just minutes later after Andy Robertson’s probing corner was cleared by a combination of Isaac Hayden and Fabian Schar, before English midfielder Hayden stayed down holding his head after the collision. Play continued as Liverpool recycled possession and Mane’s cross from the right found Jota at the back post who put the ball in the net at the second time of asking.

Newcastle players surrounded referee Mike Dean who waved off their appeals and pointed to the centre-circle for the game to continue – there were about six seconds between the incident and the goal as Dean waved play-on.

Allan Saint-Maximin then had an opportunity to give the visitors a second and go back ahead. Again, Thiago passed the ball straight to the Frenchmen who ran at the Liverpool defence before his powerful shot was saved by Alisson.

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Liverpool took the lead just moments later. Newcastle gifted the ball to the home side as Schar slid in and caught Liverpool forward Mane, but the Senegalese international did well to stay on his feet before his scuffed effort was saved by Dubravka. Salah was waiting to hammer the ball into the far corner to score yet again against the Magpies.

The second half was much less open to begin with as the sides traded blows. Newcastle held a much more stubborn and organised shape as the home side struggled to break the defensive line. Both sides were sloppy in possession as the game simmered to the hour mark.

Then, Mane forced a decent leaping save from Dubravka as he nodded an Alexander-Arnold free-kick towards the Newcastle goal. At the other end, Jacob Murphy sent a shot whistling wide after good play once again from dribbling delight Saint-Maximin.

Just moments later, Alexander-Arnold tackled Ryan Fraser from behind in the Liverpool box, but replays showed he did catch the ball first and, after a lengthy VAR review, the on-field decision stood much to the frustration of the visiting fans who made their thoughts on Mike Dean heard.

Soon after, Shelvey whistled a free-kick just wide of the top corner before Liverpool seriously tested Martin Dubravka yet again.

in the closing stages, substitute Naby Keita forced a good save out of the 32-year-old ‘keeper, before Trent Alexander Arnold’s stunner sealed the three points for Liverpool. The English right-back received the ball from a short free-kick before aggressively smashing a shot into the roof of the net – a strike worthy of winning any game.

The defeat sees Newcastle remain 19th on ten points with games either side of Christmas against both Manchester clubs, starting with league leaders City on Sunday. The victory for Klopp’s side sees the reds move to within a point of Pepe’s blues in first and after Chelsea’s shock 1-1 home draw with Everton, Liverpool are three points clear of third spot.

PLAYER RATINGS

Dubravka (8), Lewis (n/a), Lascelles (6), Schar (6), Manquillo (6), Hayden (6), Shelvey (8), Murphy (7), Fraser (6), Joelinton (7), Saint-Maximin (7)

Subs: Ritchie (6), Wilson (6), Willock (n/a).

MANAGERS COMMENTS

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:

“We used more Bournemouth than Newcastle to analyse the game. We expected similar things. They made life hard for us to be honest. We rushed in moments, it was not like we had 15 or 16 clear-cut chances but we scored really good goals.”

On the Trent goal:

“It was a stunner, unbelievable. His shooting technique is absolutely different level. In games like this, staying positive, staying offensive-minded in moments like this, just take the chance. Thank God Mike Dean is good on his legs so he could get out of the way!”

On Jota’s goal:

“I didn’t see it back. Both got up later. I’m not saying it’s like this situation, but really quite frequently players go down in the box when they lose a challenge, but I don’t know, I couldn’t see it. The assistant on my side told me it was all good, that two players on the same team came together.”

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe:

“I’m really disappointed with Liverpool’s first goal. I need to see it again but it was clear to me that Isaac went down holding his head immediately. In my opinion the game should have been stopped.

“It’s had a huge bearing on the game. We had the lead. It feels unjust and I feel it was doubly hard on our players.”

He added:

“I think [the referee Mike Dean] said to me he felt Isaac had held his back, for me he held his head. He was dazed for four or five minutes. It’s a dangerous moment where we have to think about the player’s safety. I don’t think you want to see games decided when players are out of the game.”

‘It follows a similar pattern where the rub of the green has gone against us. You play at Anfield and have the lead and then suddenly they get the goal and the crowd are up.’

Post-match thoughts?

Were you happy with the performance at Liverpool? Who was your MOTM? Can Howe steer NUFC to safety?

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Fantasy Premier League: Newcastle’s top players prices revealed

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Fantasy Premier League have revealed the prices for eleven of Newcastle’s top players next season. 

With the 2022/23 Premier League season fast approaching, clubs have been revealing their Fantasy Premier League prices.

There are some promising bargains among the Magpies’ ranks. Newcaslte’s 2021/22 top FPL point scorer Allan Saint-Maximin will remain just £6.5m. He has been reclassified from midfield to attack, and so players may find it harder to make space for him with more limited forward positions.

Newcastle’s most expensive player will be Callum Wilson. Last season’s top scorer will be worth £7.5m in the game. Users will hope that if he can avoid last season’s injury woes he will be guaranteed big points.

Midfielder Bruno Guimarães has increased in price to £6m. The Brazilian was listed at a meagre £5m on his arrival in January, but his form since then has earned him a higher price tag. With five goals and an assist in just seventeen Premier League appearances last season he will still be a tempting proposition.

Fellow January arrival Kieran Trippier will be valued at £5m. He only managed six appearances for Newcastle last season but scored two goals from free kicks in that spell. As a set-piece taking defender, Trippier has the potential to make significant point contributions from the back.

New keeper Nick Pope will look promising at £5m after proving his abilities with Burnley. He may be sharing game-time with Martin Dúbravka, which could see his points total limited. Other Magpies players not guaranteed minutes include Joe Willock (£5m), Fabian Schar (£4.5m) and Chris Wood (£6m).

Fans will also hope that more talent is set to arrive at St James’ Park before the start of next season, with plenty of time left in the transfer window.

Elsewhere, other top players have had their prices revealed. At present, players from fifteen clubs have been announced.

Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamad Salah are the most expensive players listed so far. Both come in at the high price of £12m, but are bound to prove popular with users nonetheless.

Erling Haaland is next highest priced, at £11.5m for Man City’s new striker. Cristiano Ronaldo, if he remains at Old Trafford, will be worth £10.5m. The Portuguese striker started last season at a record cost of £12.5m. Despite the drop in price, he was last season’s second highest scoring attacker at 159 points.

The Premier League season kicks off on 5th August with Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, with Newcastle facing newly promoted Nottingham Forest on Saturday 6th.

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Eddie Howe’s pre-season: Opposition, Venues and more.

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Pre-season is vital when it comes to preparing for a new season for all football clubs around the world. It is a time where you can test different tactics, experiment with young and new players and overall get a sense of where your squad is at before the start of the new season.

For Newcastle, they have plenty of games to test the waters and give new signings like Nick Pope and Sven Botman time to get up to scratch before the start of the new Premier League season.

First, they play Gateshead in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Newcastle United Training Centre on Saturday, 9th July. Gateshead are managed by former Magpies defender Mike Williamson and their side have just been promoted to the National League after winning the National League North.

Eddie Howe’s side will then travel to Austria for a week-long training camp where they will play two games.

The first opposition is TSV 1860 Munich who currently play in the third tier of German football, 3. Liga. The match will take place on Friday, 15th July and will be played at the SaalfeldenArena Burgerau, kick-off is set for 6 pm local time. The former champions of Germany have had success in the past when they finished as runners-up in the European Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1964/65 season. The Toon met with this side in the UEFA Intertoto Cup back in 2001, Newcastle won 6-3 on aggregate across the two legs. One of Munich’s best players, Marcel Bar, scored 21 goals in 37 appearances last season.

Then, Newcastle play Mainz on Monday, 18th July in what will be their third pre-season fixture. The match will be played at the 4,500-capacity Kufstein Arena and will kick-off at 5 pm local time. Mainz, currently managed by Bo Svensson, finished 8th in the Bundesliga last season. The last time the two sides met was in a pre-season game back in the summer of 2017, Mainz came out on top winning 2-1. Some of their best players include Jonathan Burkardt who managed to bag himself 11 goals and 3 assists last season as well as Moussa Niakhate who scored 8 goals and assisted 5 times.

The Toon then have eight days to prepare for their next pre-season fixture as they travel to Portugal to play Benfica at the Estadio da Luiz for the Eusebio Cup. The match will take place on Tuesday, 26th July and will kick-off at 8 pm local time. Benfica finished third in the Portugal Liga Nos last season. It’s been 9 years since the sides last met in the Europa League quarter-finals when Papiss Cisse’s goal in the second leg wasn’t enough and the Magpies exited the competition losing 4-2 on aggregate. Benfica were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals by Liverpool last season and some of their best players include Rafa Silva who came out with 23 goal contributions last season and Alex Grimaldo who scored 5 and assisted 5 from left-back last season.

To finish pre-season the Toon then face a double-header at St James’ Park. The first game played on Friday, 29th July will be against Atalanta. It is expected that Howe will split his first-team squad across the two fixtures and play two completely different teams. Atalanta finished 8th in Serie A last season and exited the Europa League quarter-finals following a 3-1 aggregate defeat to RB Leipzig. Mario Pasalic is one of their best players and had a very successful 2021/22 season which saw him earn 20 goal contributions from centre midfield in the league. The match will kick-off at 7:45 pm in St James’ Park

Newcastle will then face Spanish side Athletic Bilbao, just a week before the first game of the Premier League season against Nottingham Forest to finish their pre-season. Bilbao finished 8th in La Liga last season and were close to cup success, following a 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final. Inaki Williams who hasn’t missed a single game for the Spanish side in over six years is a threat up-front and captain Iker Muniain will also be a danger for the Toon following last season where he managed 10 assists and 4 goals.

Ticket information for these games are to be confirmed soon.

So what do you think of the pre-season fixtures and how many wins will Eddie Howe’s side manage in what promises to be an exciting season ahead.

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Transfer update: NUFC looking at Bayern and Leeds forwards and defensive departures

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After confirming the signing of defender Sven Botman, and long-term target Hugo Ekitike off the table, Newcastle are set to look elsewhere in the transfer market.

The signing of Reims forward Hugo Ekitke is now in doubt. Reports are that the players’ agent, Karl Mwalako Buchmann, has brought discussions to a standstill. Newcastle were close to completing a move for the young winger in January and again this summer. 

With these two long running sagas appearing over, Eddie Howe and Dan Ashworth will work on other transfers.

Securing Matt Targett, Nick Pope and Sven Botman marks a positive transfer window already for the Magpies, but their search for attacking reinforcements will continue.

According to The Chronicle, Eddie Howe wants a winger and a striker to compete with Callum Wilson next season.

One attacker Newcastle have been linked with is Leeds’ Jack Harrison. The club are reported to have enquired about Harrison. The talented 25-year old would seem a good fit in the Newcastle squad, and fit with the attractive stlye of football Eddie Howe has his side playing. 

Per the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, Newcastle are keen on Harrison but have a limited budget remaining.

With Leeds forward Raphinha looking set to leave Elland Road for Chelsea, it could take a lot for Newcastle to persuade Leeds to depart with another winger. 

Reports from Belgium have suggested Newcastle are competing to sign striker Joshua Zirkzee from Bayern Munich. The Dutchman spent last season on a successful loan spell at Anderlecht. The 21-year old has also drawn interest from Ajax.

Zirkzee scored 16 and made 9 assists in 38 appearances for the Belgian side during his loan spell last season.

In terms of departures, the arrival of Sven Botman could make way for Jamaal Lascelles to leave. The captain has long been linked with a return to Nottingham Forest. 

Lascelles’ inclusion in marketing for Newcastle’s new third kit has been seen as a sign that the club are unwilling to part with the player. As an experienced player he could provide continuity in Newcastle’s new-look back four. It remains to be seen whether he would be content to play second fiddle to players like Botman, or move in search of more game time.

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