Newcastle went down to their fifth defeat in a row last night at Liverpool by a score and what was out sixth defeat in seven games as the free fall of Newcastle United continues at Newcastle.
We have now lost our last four away games by a cumulative score of 11-0 and we are still not safe from relegation
Raheem Sterling scores first goal after just 9 minutes
This is how we saw the game last night as it happened.
Newcastle made a decent start to the game and we were holding out own in the first crucial minutes.
Liverpool went ahead after just 9 minutes and it was Raheem Sterling who put The Reds ahead.
The 20 year-old got the ball on the left side of goal after a good long cross ball from Jordan Henderson, and Sterling moved inside the penalty area to his right before hitting the ball past Tim Krul into the back of the net and it was 1-0.
Newcastle played off him in the penalty area, but you cannot allow a player with Sterling’s ability to have a free shot in the penalty area.
Two minutes later Coutinho was put through in the inside left channel but Tim Krul made a good save.
Newcastle were starting to give the ball away as they were ruffled with conceding a goal, and a Coutinho cross went right across the face of the goal with no Liverpool player there to put in the back of the net.
After Newcastle had started quite well before the first goal, Liverpool were now looking for another goal and getting well on top.
Newcastle were giving the ball away far too much with some sloppy play, but on 28 minutes in a rare Newcastle attack Abeid hit the ball on the volley just outside the box, but it went straight to goalkeeper Mignolet, but it was a good effort form the 22 year-old.
Newcastle were under a lot of pressure, as Liverpool were trying to put this game to bed, and the difference between the sides was that Liverpool had a lot of skills and class in their team – compared to Newcastle.
On 34 minutes Liverpool counter-attacked quickly and Sterling but the ball through to Coutinho, but the Newcastle defense did well to clear the danger.
Two minutes later a Jordan Henderson free kick into the box found Lucas unmarked just six yards out, but his header was brilliantly saved by Tim Krul – diving full length to his left – but that was a let-off fro Newcastle, as we were hanging on.
A world-class save from Tim Krul, but Lucas had also been flagged for offside.
Newcastle should had had a penalty after 38 minutes, when Lovren clearly brought down Perez as he moved past him in the penalty area – what was the referee thinking?
After Carver was bellowing at the fourth official on the sideline, Brendan Rodgers came over and told John ist was a penalty.
Then at the other end Raheem Sterling took a dive when challenged by Janmaat – which he should have been booked for, and then Colback was clearly fouled with referee Lee Mason taking no action – as the game was starting to get away from the referee.
Newcastle had been coming back into the game in the last 15 minutes of the half and after 45 minutes Ayoze Perez had a terrific header brilliantly saved by Mignolet, as the former Sunderland goalkeeper turned the ball around the post diving to his right.
In the added minute for stoppage time Moussa Sissoko made a good move down the right wing and squared the ball back to Mehdi Abeid, who was only just over the cross-bar with his shot.
Mehdi scored 10 goals while on loan in Greece last year, so we could be playing him maybe in the number 10 role – he can hit the back of the net.
Half time came at 1-0, but Newcastle should have had a penalty as the TV replays showed it was a definite penalty against Perez.
And the young Spanish U21 International was a growing threat to Liverpool, with his quickness and skill as half time came and Newcastle were lucky to be only 1-0 down.
A little stat from the TV coverage – Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 50 home games when they are leading at half time.
What a chance for Newcastle – obviously.
There were no changes made at the half, and after 49 minutes a nice chip into the box by Cabella had Mignolet only just beating Ayoze Perez to the ball.
Newcastle continued where they left off in the second half, attacking Liverpool, and after 52 minutes there a good shot from Moussa Sissoko but it was straight at Mignolet.
On 55 minutes Sterling was going through in the inside left position, but a good tackle from Janmaat and it was a Newcastle goal kick.
Three minutes Liverpool missed an excellent opportunity to go 2-0 up after good running from Jordan Henderson down the right.
The former Sunderland player crossed the ball and Ryan Taylor completely miskicked the ball – and it landed at the feet of Sterling – and somehow he put it wide of the post – a huge let off for the Magpies.
What a miss.
And the after 62 minutes it was Coutinho having a go, but Tim Krul saved it as the game had opened up and it was getting to be end to end stuff – with Newcastle coming alive.
On 67 minutes on came Jonas for Gabby Obertan.
After 70 minutes Liverpool got the all important second goal, and it was slack defending by Newcastle as the ball somehow bounced off Mike Williamson’s body, and Joe Allen rifled it into the top of the net in an instant.
Joe Allen after scoring second goal
So after all of Newcastle’s pressing Liverpool still went 2-0 up.
Adam Armstrong came on for Mehdi Abeid after 76 minutes.
Moussa Sissoko picked up a stupid yellow card for arguing with Glen Johnson and then after 82 minutes he picked up a second yellow for a terrible tackle and was sent off and he now misses the next two games – against Tottenham and Swansea.
That’s because he has already been sent off this season – more indiscipline by Newcastle players, and that’s one thing that’s obvious under Carver – the players have lost all their discipline.
After 86 minutes Yoan Gouffran came on for Ayoze Perez.
After their second goal Liverpool rather easily saw out the game and it’s yet another defeat for Newcastle – our 15th in the league this season and 8th in 13 league games under John Carver this year.
We played better than we did against Sunderland, but in truth that’s not saying much.
And what do we hear from the people at the top of the club – nothing.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Simon Mignolet; Glen Johnson, Emre Can, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno; Joe Allen, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson; Jordan Ibe, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho
Substitutes: Brad Jones, Javier Manquillo, Kolo Toure, Cameron Brannagan, Fabio Borini, Lazar Markovic, Rickie Lambert
Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Ryan Taylor, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko (c), Mehdi Abeid (Adam Armstrong 76), Vurnon Anita; Gabriel Obertan (Jonas Gutierrez 67), Ayoze Perez Yoan Gouffran), Remy Cabella
Unused substitutes: Rob Elliot, Jamie Sterry, Sammy Ameobi, Emmanuel Riviere
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)