Newcastle took the lead just before half time today at Anfield, but Suarez equalized after 66 minutes with a well taken goal, and Newcastle then hung on for a good point, after captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off after 84 minutes with a straight red card from referee Anthony Taylor, for a bad tackle on Luis Suarez, and he will now miss the next three league games – and that’s a big blow for Newcastle.
Luis Suarez was liverpool’s star man today
Newcastle made a very slow start to this game and it was all Liverpool for the first 30 minutes, but without many clear-cut chances being created, and then a wonderful goal a few minutes before half time saw Newcastle go ahead.
Ben Arfa got the ball on the right-wing and took on two Liverpool defenders, and then creased some space on the bye line and crossed to an unmarked Cabaye over to the left of the goal.
In one touch Yohan controlled the ball beautifully, and then volleyed the ball into the back of the net with a wonderful right footed volley and Newcastle were ahead.
A goal made in France, and just a minute later Cabaye tried his luck from 30 yards out and the ball flew just over the bar.
Newcastle were 1-0 up at the half, and had taken the one chance they had been given, but Liverpool had been dominant in the first 30 minutes of the game.
Liverpool had a lot of the possession in the second half, but they couldn’t score, and it was looking like Newcastle could hang on for their first win since 1994 at Anfield in a league game, but then after 66 minutes Luis Suarez equalized with a good goal for Liverpool.
And it seemed that Fab Coloccini was at fault, as he and Suarez went for a high ball into the box from former Newcastle player Jose Enrique, but Suarez took the ball on his chest and fired the ball past Tim Krul in one sweeping movement. Colo should have cleared the ball.
And Suarez almost gave Liverpool the lead just seconds later, when he got into the box and set up Jonjo Shelvey, but the substitute made a real hash of what should have been Liverpool’s second goal, and Newcastle were let off the hook.
Then Steven Taylor rescued Newcastle with a great block from the impressive 17 year-old Sterling, and then Ben Arfa at the other end decided to shoot when Sammy Ameobi was wide open in the middle, otherwise it could have been Newcastle in the lead.
But bad news for Newcastle after 84 minutes when a poor tackle from Coloccini on Luis Suarez (who did his normal performance and writhing around on the floor as though his leg had been broken in three places), and the referee had no hesitation in producing a straight red card, and now the captain misses the next three Newcastle league games – and that’s a huge blow for us.
Newcastle’s 10 men hung on for what in the end turned out to be a good point earned at Anfield, but it’s not the first win in 18 years, that we all wanted to see.
Maybe next season.
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Brad Jones; Andre Wisdom, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique; Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin (Stewart Downing 74); Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard (c), Suso (Jonjo Shelvey 68); Luis Suarez
Subs not used: Peter Gulacsi, Sebastian Coates, Jamie Carragher, Jordan Henderson, Oussama Assaidi
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Vurnon Anita, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye (Shane Ferguson 68), James Perch (Danny Simpson 26), Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba (Sammy Ameobi 49), Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Manchester)
Bookings: Liverpool – none; Newcastle – none
Sendings Off: Liverpool – none; Newcastle – Coloccini (84)