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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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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United

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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..

 

“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”

 

Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.

 

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Which Newcastle Players Are Going To The World Cup?

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The FIFA World Cup in Qatar gets underway next week and here are all the Newcastle players involved in the tournament

Callum Wilson (England)

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is a player that has consistently shown the quality to earn a spot in an England squad at a major tournament but has sadly had his chances diminished by injuries in the past.

However, Wilson is currently injury free and is on the plane to Qatar! The Coventry City academy graduate averages a goal every 130 minutes in the Premier League this season, which is the second-best return of all English players behind Harry Kane.

The 30-year-old may have to bide his time for an opportunity due to England captain Harry Kane being the first-choice striker. That said, Wilson gives Gareth Southgate a great alternative should England find themselves chasing a game.

Kieran Trippier (England)

Gareth Southgate has always been very fond of Kieran Trippier’s abilities and what he brings to a team. For example, in Euro 2020 Southgate opted to play Trippier at left-back ahead of a more natural option in Ben Chilwell due to the 32-year-old’s experience and leadership qualities.

Trippier brings bags of experience at major tournaments after reaching the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020.

With injuries at right-back to the likes of Reece James and uncertainty around the fitness of Kyle Walker, Trippier could start at right wing-back in England’s World Cup opener against Iran.

Nick Pope (England)

The last player to complete The Magpies’ England trio is Nick Pope. Toon’s No.1 has been outstanding since arriving from Burnley in the Summer and has earnt his place in England’s World Cup squad.

Pope has the joint most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (6) alongside Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson and fellow England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

It remains to be seen if Gareth Southgate picks Pope to be his first-choice goalkeeper in Qatar ahead of Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale. Pope started both of England’s last games in the Nations League back in September.

Bruno Guimarães (Brazil)

Moving to South America and the favourites to win the competition, Brazil. Bruno Guimarães has been one of Newcastle’s stand-out players this season and has deservedly earned himself a spot in Brazil’s very competitive World Cup Squad.

Guimarães has statistically been the best midfielder in the Premier League so far this season and will be hoping his performances have done enough to earn him a start against Serbia in Brazil’s opening fixture.

That said, Brazil manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi has predominantly played with a midfield two of Manchester United duo, Casemiro and Fred at the base of the Brazilian midfield.

Fabian Schär (Switzerland)

The Magpies’ centre-back has been in great form alongside Sven Botman at the heart of Newcastle’s defence this season and will be hoping to continue his form in Qatar.

Schär has some tough competition in his position in the form of Manchester City centre-back Manuel Akanji and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Nico Elvedi.

Switzerland find themselves in the same group as tournament favourites Brazil, which will see Schär reunited with Toon teammate Bruno Guimarães in Gameweek 2.

Who didn’t make the squad?

The most surprising player to not make their country’s squad is Sven Botman. The former Lille centre-back has been a major part of why Newcastle has the Premier League’s best defence so far this campaign.

Louis van Gaal has a great pool of centre-backs available to him and opted for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij and Nathan Ake over Botman.

Another Toon player with World Cup disappointment is Joelinton, who has failed to follow Bruno Guimarães on the plane to Qatar.

Joelinton has been a revelation under Eddie Howe following his remarkable transformation from a striker to a box-to-box midfielder. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Joelinton this year.

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What We Learnt (Spurs 1-2 Newcastle)

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Newcastle United were victorious at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday, winning 2-1 and now sit fourth in the Premier League. This is the first time they’ve been there at this stage of the season in 10 years.

 

Goals from Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron were enough to scare away any chances of a second-half Spurs comeback. That’s six goals for Miggy in what is now his best-ever season for goals in black and white.

 

With 21 points, just five behind Manchester City and seven behind current league leaders Arsenal, the Toon are looking better than ever, but what did the victory yesterday tell us?

 

Toon are charging for Europe

 

If you didn’t believe it at the start of the season you should now. Eddie Howe has transformed Newcastle into a team with a winning mentality with a real sense of togetherness in a squad who are willing to battle for one another, week in and week out.

 

Very few teams will travel to London this season and manage to come away with a point, never mind three when playing Spurs. Not only this game, however, but Man City (3-3), Liverpool (2-1) and Brentford (5-1) have also shown that Howe and his side mean business this season and are willing to go toe to toe with some of the very best teams, coaches and players in the world. 

 

In his first signing interview, Sven Botman said, “Newcastle wants to reach the top and the top is in the league and, at the end, maybe in Europe.” Maybe he didn’t specifically mean this season but now he and the rest of his teammates should believe that they have a real chance of playing European football next season.

 

Almiron transformation shouldn’t go unnoticed

 

Almiron made 30 appearances last season in the league and finished with just one goal and no assists. Now, after just 12 games and six goals, the Paraguayan is already on course to smash his previous goal-scoring records which have seen him accumulate nine Premier League goals over the course of four seasons. 

 

Loved by the fans and with the full support of his teammates, it can only get better for the Paraguayan at this point. His goal against Tottenham showed the dribbling, flair and finishing quality he withholds, something that Steve Bruce and Rafael Benitez could never get out of him.

 

Eddie Howe must be awarded credit for this development, as with the current budget the club has, he could’ve easily found a replacement in the summer. But, just like Joelinton, Miggy has cemented his spot in Newcastle’s starting eleven and is proving every week why he deserves to be there.

 

Wilson & Burn should be considered by Southgate 

 

On TalkSport recently, Neil Warnock warned Gareth Southgate saying his loyalty to players might be his downfall and said Dan Burn is “Mr Steady Eddie” referring to his versatility, being able to play left-back or centre-back.

 

Burn started 28 Premier League games last season and this season has 11 out of 12. His consistent dominating performances in Newcastle’s back line have put him into the conversation for a first-ever England call-up and I don’t think many would disagree. With John Stoned injured, Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings not in good form and not getting regular game time, Gareth Southgate’s defensive decisions should now be a lot more challenging.

 

Callum Wilson has proved yet again his abilities as a top Premier League striker. His goal against Spurs not only put him in the headlines over England captain Harry Kane but also made it four in eight for the English man this season who has averaged 2.8 shots per game with an average scoring frequency of 162 minutes. 

 

With no clear-cut backup striker to Kane, is Wilson ahead of Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham in the race to be England’s number two striker?

 

So, what do you think? Do Newcastle have a serious chance at European football next season, can Almiron stay at his best and should Wilson and Burn be considered for a World Cup call-up?

 

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