Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: Premier League – As It Happened

 Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: Premier League – As It Happened

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Andy Hunter was at Anfield tonight, and his report is here for your edification. Click away, good friends. Thanks for reading this MBM. Nighty night!

Alexander-Arnold rocket seals win for Liverpool against spirited Newcastle

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Klopp’s turn to chat with BT. “We used more Bournemouth than Newcastle to analyse. They made life hard for us. It was not like we had 15 clear-cut chances, but scored really good goals so I am really pleased in that moment of the year when you have to get through these games.” As for Trent’s goal? “What a stunner, what a great goal, his shooting technique is different level. Thank god Mike Dean is good on his legs! Great goal.” And the Jota equaliser? “I didn’t see it back. I don’t say it was in this situation, but quite frequently players go down in the box when they lose a challenge. The assistant told me all good, the two players ran into each other.”

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Eddie Howe talks to BT Sport, and he’s not happy with referee Mike Dean. “I was really pleased with the effort and commitment. I’m really disappointed with Liverpool’s first goal. It was clear to me that Isaac went down holding his head immediately, and in my opinion the game should have been stopped. It had a huge bearing on the game, because we had the lead and scoring the goal suited the way we had set up to play. But as soon as they scored, the crowd were in the game and it feels unjust. The referee said he felt Isaac had held his back, but he held his head immediately.”

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Trent speaks to BT. “We limited them to little chances. We dominated possession, but they made it hard for us. It was always going to be a difficult one, and them scoring an early goal made it harder. Disappointed with the clean sheet, but three points at this stage of the season is always important. I’ve been waiting to score a goal like that for five years now! I caught that one sweet, and it put the game to bed.” As for the controversial equaliser? “When you’re playing, you’re not looking around the box, you’re looking for your team-mates, you’re not focused on the ground. But if it’s a head injury, it’s down to the referee to stop it. At the end of the day he hasn’t done that, we’ve played to the whistle and scored. We haven’t cheated the game, or done anything unsportsmanlike, we played to the whistle and scored from it.”

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Liverpool deserve the win, though Newcastle made them work hard for the three points, and the home team’s equaliser had the faint whiff of controversy about it. Liverpool close the gap at the top on Manchester City, and increase their lead over Chelsea, who were held at home this evening by Everton.

Newcastle meanwhile stay in the relegation places, three points shy of safety, having played more games than both Watford and Burnley. A big January transfer window ahead for them, like that’s some sort of breaking news.

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FULL TIME: Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United

Trent Alexander-Arnold, take a bow, son.

Trent Alexander-Arnold receives the plaudits of the kop. Photograph: Jon Super/AP

Updated at 4.56pm EST

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90 min +3: “Can we talk about Mike Dean running across the ball and the goalkeeper’s view for that goal?” asks Jacob Osborne. “Remarkable. Peak Mike Dean.”

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90 min +2: Milner shapes to take a speculative shot, as ordered by the Kop. Everyone’s frustrated as the unwitting Henderson accidentally gets in the way.

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90 min +1: The first of four added minutes passes by without drama.

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90 min: Anfield was beginning to get a little nervous back there, memories of Joe Willock’s late, late equaliser here in April still fresh in the memory. The roar that greeted Alexander-Arnold’s thunderstrike was partly fuelled by relief.

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GOAL! Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United (Alexander-Arnold 87)

What a goal this is! Alexander-Arnold takes a touch down the inside-left channel and launches a rising heatseeker towards the top left from 25 yards. Dubravka gets a finger to it, but there’s no stopping the sweetest of strikes. De Bruyne-esque, if anyone was watching the Manchester City v Leeds game the other night. A proper net-ripper!

Absolutely unstoppable from Trent Alexander-Arnold. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

Updated at 4.53pm EST

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86 min: A free kick on the halfway line for Newcastle. Schar spots Alisson off his line and attempts a long-distance humiliation. Easy for Alisson. On comes Willock for Fraser.

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85 min: Keita latches onto a loose ball, 30 yards out, and sends a first-time floater towards the top left. Dubravka claims spectacularly.

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84 min: Mane takes a lash at the ball on the edge of the D and connects only with fresh air. Top-quality slapstick.

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83 min: Everton have held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. “The first miracle of the Christmas season has occurred,” reports Mary Waltz. “Santa Red-jumpered Jordan Pickford was amazing.”

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81 min: Schar’s mistake allows Mane to break into the box down the left. Dubravka denies him. Liverpool come back at Newcastle. Firmino wriggles into space on the right and slips into the box for Jota, whose close-range blooter is heroically blocked by Hayden! The sort of resolute defence that will serve Newcastle well going forward. Will it bear fruit today?

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80 min: Liverpool are getting careless, and the crowd are getting agitated.

Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images

Updated at 4.42pm EST

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79 min: The corner’s shuttled back to Keita, who shanks an awful shot miles wide right from distance.

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78 min: Henderson floats a pass down the left for Robertson. Manquillo heads behind for a corner, allowing Saint-Maximin, who has been limping around for a few minutes, to be replaced by Wilson.

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76 min: Liverpool probe, but Newcastle have been made of sterner stuff in this second period. No way through.

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74 min: Liverpool make a double change. Keita and Firmino replace Oxlade-Chamberlain and Salah. Firmino’s quickly into the heat of the action, unwittingly shinning the ball wide in a crowded box from a corner.

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72 min: Oxlade-Chamberlain meets a bouncing ball just to the right of the Newcastle goal. He sends it to the near post, Salah stabbing at it unconvincingly. A strange slow-motion exchange that Liverpool’s heart, oddly, wasn’t really in. That was more dangerous than they made it look. Dubravka claims.

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71 min: Shelvey whips the free kick towards the top left. Alisson dives across desperately. The ball flies inches wide of the post. The keeper probably had it covered, but only just. He delivers his defenders the mother of all rollockings, the wall not set up to his liking.

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70 min: Fraser bombs towards the Liverpool box and is clipped from behind by Henderson. Always a booking. A free kick in a very dangerous position, too, just to the left of the D.

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68 min: Saint-Maximin does his best Jim Baxter impression, juggling the ball along the right touchline. He’s going the wrong way, though, and is eventually robbed by Mane and Jota, who race off with the ball at full pelt. He goes over, and wins a very soft free kick that gets him out of a lot of trouble. Newcastle would otherwise have been seriously exposed. “Shockingly a football match has broken out in the Chelsea- Everton fixture,” confirms Mary Waltz. “Chelsea scored and I prepared myself for another Everton loss.But on their first shot on target they equalised. Amazing.”

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66 min: Saint-Maximin is good to continue, although he’s moving around rather gingerly at the moment.

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65 min: VAR has a good look at the challenge nonetheless, gifted some time as Saint-Maximin is down, having been accidentally clipped on the shin by Konate. But it confirms what we knew already: the tackle was perfectly timed. It had to be, because otherwise it would have been a penalty and a red card.

Allan Saint-Maximin receives treatment. Photograph: Jon Super/AP

Updated at 4.36pm EST

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63 min: Saint-Maximin rolls a glorious pass down the right for Murphy, who swings a low cross in first time for Fraser. The Newcastle man shapes to shoot, but Alexander-Arnold makes a sensational last-ditch sliding tackle to poke the ball away from Murphy. That’s an outstanding tackle, and though Newcastle claim for a spot kick, Murphy incensed, replays show Alexander-Arnold clearly got the ball. Great play all round.

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62 min: Everton have equalised at Stamford Bridge, 19-year-old Jarrad Branthwaite scoring his first Premier League goal for the club on 74 minutes.

Jarrad Branthwaite puts Everton level at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Tony McArdle - Everton FC/Everton FC/Getty Images

Updated at 4.23pm EST

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61 min: Liverpool make some attempts to raise their tempo, snapping into a couple of tackles, closing any spaces down with increased vigour.

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59 min: Salah skies an ambitious effort high into the night sky. Newcastle have looked much more solid since the restart, keeping the hosts at arm’s length.

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58 min: Mason Mount has given Chelsea the lead against Everton at Stamford Bridge. That was a 7.45pm kick-off, so there are only about 20 minutes left for Everton to do themselves (and their local rivals) a favour.

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57 min: Newcastle are still in this, of course, and they remind their hosts of that, Murphy drifting in from the right and sending a low curler across Alisson and inches wide of the bottom left. That’s a fine effort.

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56 min: ... Though they nearly score from the resulting free kick, which is met by Mane at the left-hand post. Mane heads across the face of goal, but with Jota waiting to tap home, Dubravka extends fully to claim. Fine keeping.

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55 min: Oxlade-Chamberlain drives down the middle of the park and is clipped from behind by Fraser, who is happy to take the booking with two Liverpool players free on the left. That would have been dangerous had Oxlade-Chamberlain released the ball earlier.

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54 min: Liverpool stroke it around patiently, but Newcastle hold their shape. A war of attrition at the minute.

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52 min: Konate goes down clutching his knee, a worrying sign for Liverpool. But he’s soon up and running again, having only jarred it when landing awkwardly.

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51 min: Saint-Maximin runs at Matip and Konate. For a second, it looks as though Liverpool’s centre backs are going to get in each other’s way, but Konate takes charge and wins the duel this time.

Ibrahima Konate goes up against Allan Saint-Maximin. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 4.15pm EST

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49 min: Nothing comes of the resulting corner. Klopp, clearly not happy with his team, gives Alexander-Arnold the what-for.

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48 min: Alexander-Arnold slips a pass down the inside-right channel for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who nearly spins Lascelles. The defender shoves his opponent over, but the referee isn’t interested in giving the penalty. You’ve seen them awarded, but that’s one of those you can argue either way, and VAR is therefore never going to overturn whatever the on-field decision is.

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47 min: Manquillo probes down the right and lays off to Murphy, who floats a harmless cross into the arms of Alisson.

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46 min: A scrappy start to the second half. Plenty of loose passes, both keepers taking turns to blooter the ball upfield aimlessly.

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Liverpool get the second half underway. They’re kicking towards the Kop now, just as they prefer it. No changes by either side.

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HALF TIME: Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle United

The right scoreline on balance of play, though Newcastle are aggrieved at the manner of Liverpool’s equaliser, scored when Hayden was down in the six-yard box, the referee having waved play on. Lascelles makes his case to the referee, who isn’t having any of it. Should be a feisty second 45!

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45 min +2: Saint-Maximin crosses low from the right. Murphy goes over in the box. Newcastle want a penalty, but Konate had stuck out a boot and connected with ball, not man. Salah tries to break, and Joelinton is booked for bringing him down.

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45 min: Matip wins a header in a crowded Newcastle box. For a second, it looks like taking an absurd loop high into the air and back down into the top-right corner, but Dubravka tracks back and claims well.

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44 min: Saint-Maximin has another run at Konate, who does well to slow him down a little, allowing defensive reinforcements to arrive. Saint-Maximin can’t get a shot away and is eventually crowded out. Konate cops a bollocking from Klopp anyway, on account of having given the ball away earlier in the move with an ambitious forward pass.

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42 min: Liverpool turn it up a notch again. Thiago shovels a pass down the right and nearly finds Salah in the box. Uncharacteristically overhit. Goal kick.

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40 min: Salah drives at Joelinton down the right. The big striker does well as the last man of defence, getting in the road and purchasing a cheap free kick. Newcastle have taken a little of the sting out of this in the last couple of minutes.

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38 min: Henderson is on the receiving end of plenty of pantomime booing, incidentally, his Sunderland background never to be forgotten by the denizens of the away end. Petty rivalry, it’s what football is all about.

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36 min: Another corner for Liverpool, Salah causing all sorts of problems out on the right. Alexander-Arnold takes ... But for once his delivery is no good. Newcastle breathe a little sigh of relief, but this is relentless.

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35 min: It should be three. Oxlade-Chamberlain volleys a pass down the middle for Salah, who gets ahead of Ritchie and steers a shot inches wide of the bottom left, with only Dubravka to beat. He reacts with a smile, but there’s a little frost around the teeth. A big opportunity spurned.

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34 min: Konate creams a pass wide right for Salah, who hits a wonderful first-time cross with the outside of his left foot. With Mane lurking, Schar does extremely well to extend a telescopic leg and divert the dangerous ball out for a corner. From the set piece, Oxlade-Chamberlain blazes wildly over.

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32 min: Liverpool ping it around in a pretty style. Suddenly, Henderson cushions a header towards Jota, who screeches a first-time volley over the bar from the edge of the D. That’s a very decent effort.

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30 min: Probably also worth saying that Eddie Howe was far from happy about the first goal. He seemed more unhappy with the referee’s decision not to stop the match, rather than Liverpool’s failure to roll the ball out of play, if his railing at the fourth official is anything to go by. But we’ll hear more about that after the game, I guess.

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