Monday, 2 May 2011

Liverpool v Newcastle Match Report

Liverpool proved once again that they are not backing down from that last Europe spot on the Premier League table and moved into fifth place.

The Reds did not even give Newcastle a chance on Sunday when the Toons visited Anfield, and they walked away with three points and 3-0 clean sheet win.

It was Maxi Rodriguez who yet again opened the scoring early on. It was thanks to a deflection off Newcastle defender Danny Simpson, which Maxi put back past him cleanly into the net just ten minutes into the game.

Young Liverpool John Flanagan picked up a yellow after a foul against Gutierrez. The free kick was taken by the controversial Joey Barton, but was cleared away. Another chance for the Toons camejust a few minutes after when a corner from Barton to Kevin Nolan saw the ball over the bar.

After halftime, Williamson brought down Luis Suarez in the box, costing them a penalty. It was taken comfortably by Dirk Kuyt, making him only the seventh player in LFC history to score in four successive league games.

In the 65th minute, Luis Suarez shows again why he was given a Reds shirt in the first place, by scoring the third goal of the afternoon after a great ball from Kuyt.

Andy Carroll, not fit enough to start, came on in the 70th minute against he old club. The reception was indeed mixed for the striker after the way he left so abruptly in January to come to Liverpool. However, he spent the last 20 minutes of game also proving that Liverpool was the right move for him.

Newcastle earned another free kick but was unable to make anyting of it. Liverpool moved up to fifth place while Newcastle are struggling to stay in the Premier League next season.

Jamie Carragher, wearing the captain's armband in place of Steven Gerrard while he remains unfit, also made history moving into second place on Liverpool's all time appearance list with 665th, tied with Emlyn Hughes.

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