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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.


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.


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).


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.’

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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?



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footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.

They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’

Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..

Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.

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Amazon filming Newcastle United for “All or Nothing” style documentary



Amazon Prime are currently filming behind-the-scenes footage at Newcastle United for a new documentary.

The docu-series will provide an insight into the club and its efforts to secure a top-four finish and a piece of silverware in the 2022-23 season.

Reports today revealed that camera crews have been filming a four-part documentary for their All or Nothing series. Sky Sports’ Keith Downie confirmed that the series will cover the club and the new owners as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy.

The All or Nothing series has previously documented other Premier League Clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spurs as well as the Brazilian national team, Juventus, and the All Blacks of rugby.

Newcastle face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final on February 26 at Wembley.

The Magpies have featured three times in Europe’s most prestigious competition.

Most recently in the 2003-04 season as they reached the third qualifying round, eventually losing on penalties to Serbian side FK Partizan.

The season before the Toon finished third in the 2002-03 Champions League group stages, winning twice against Bayer Leverkusen and drawing with Inter Milan 2-2 at the San Siro. The lineup that night; Given, Solano, O’Brien, Dyer, Shearer (C), Bellamy, Speed,  Griffin, Hughes, Dabizas and Viana.

The series is expected to air later this year and will be available on Amazon Prime.

Based on previous seasons, you can expect exclusive access to training sessions, team meetings and match days, giving fans an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis at Newcastle United.

It is set to be an incredible storyline and one that should provide fans with some real insight into what it takes to compete at the top level of professional football.

What do you think Newcastle fans?

Does this excite you or do you stand more with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who once said the cameras could be intrusive to the dressing room when he turned down the offer from Amazon In 2018?


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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.



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Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.

This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.

Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.

The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche. 

But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.

This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.

This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.

Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.

Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.

Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.

In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.

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