Premier League

December 30, 2011

Full-time

Liverpool

3 - 1

Newcastle United

Premier League

19:45 +00:00, December 30, 2011

Anfield, England

Referee: Lee Probert

  • 90'

    The result means Liverpool climb to 5th in the Premier League table, ahead of Arsenal.

  • 90'

    Full-time at Anfield and Liverpool run out 3-1 winners. A brace from Bellamy and a third from Gerrard ultimately made it a comfortable victory for the home side.

  • 90'

    Krul's clearance hits Carroll and presents Downing with a chance to chip home from 40 yards. His effort is over the bar.

  • 90'

    Gerrard's ball is too high for Carroll.

  • 89'

    Liverpool fans in full voice as the game plays out.

  • 89'

    Enrique does find Carroll this time, but he's dispossessed before he can get a shot away.

  • 87'

    Enrique's low cross is aimed at Carroll, but Williamson cuts it out.

  • 86'

    Gutierrez stretches to keep a ball in play, but he can only pass straight to a red shirt. That and crash into the hoardings.

  • 84'

    Obertan is replaced by Sammy Ameobi for Newcastle.

  • 83'

    Newcastle's one real chance this half was the Ba shot cleared off the line.

  • 81'

    Liverpool are looking for a fourth here, and you wouldn't bet against them getting it.

  • 80'

    Downing's cross is cleared as far as Johnson...whose shot is dragged low and wide.

  • 79'

    Encouraging for both Liverpool and England fans that goal.

  • 77'

    GOAL Great finish from Gerrard! The Liverpool captain breaks into the box and slots a composed finish under Krul to put the game to bed.

  • 77'

    Corner comes in from Liverpool's left. Cleared at the near post.

  • 76'

    Gerrard again into Carroll, but this time his ball is too high for him.

  • 74'

    Kuyt enters the fray to replace Bellamy for Liverpool.

  • 73'

    Carroll hits the bar! Gerrard's cross picked him out and the big man rises six yards out to crash one against the woodwork.

  • 72'

    Downing fouled by Gutierrez on the touchline. Liverpool have a free-kick.

  • 71'

    Great effort from Ba, who beat the offside trap and shot first-time under Reina from a tight angle.

  • 70'

    So close to an equaliser for Newcastle! Ba's shot is miraculously cleared off the line by Skrtel!

  • 68'

    Simpson was on the line for Newcastle and Bellamy shot straight at him. Krul couldn't get his hands in front of him.

  • 67'

    GOAL Bellamy goes for goal and somehow squeezes a shot between Simpson and Krul.

  • 66'

    Tiote penalised for a foul on Agger, 30 yards out and central.

  • 65'

    Ben Arfa replaces Vuckic for Newcastle.

  • 64'

    Great chance for Carroll, who's found inside the box by Gerrard. But the striker's first touch is woeful and Krul collects easily.

  • 63'

    Ben Arfa getting stripped off for Newcastle.

  • 62'

    Gerrard with a whipped ball in from the right towards Carroll. Just in front of the striker.

  • 61'

    Newcastle have had 58% of possession in this second half.

  • 60'

    Gerrard's first contribution is a forceful defensive header clear.

  • 60'

    Ladies and gentleman, Steven Gerrard. He comes on to replace Adam, and to a huge ovation.

  • 59'

    Cabaye's effort from 30 yards is a long way over the bar.

  • 58'

    Still Newcastle keep the ball. Wonderfully controlled stuff from the visitors. It takes a foul to break the run of passes.

  • 57'

    Newcastle enjoying some good possession.

  • 56'

    Ba caught offside trying to break the Liverpool line.

  • 55'

    Bellamy's free-kick in from the right is met by Carroll. His header is off target, and he's penalised for a push to boot.

  • 54'

    Vuckic breaks and tries to play Gutierrez in, but Reina reads the ball and cuts it out.

  • 53'

    Scrappy start to the second half so far.

  • 52'

    Coloccini tries to find Ba, but Liverpool clear on the edge of their box.

  • 51'

    Spearing in hard on Cabaye, who appears to leave a foot in. Both men are OK. No cards required.

  • 50'

    Downing with a weak shot wide for Liverpool.

  • 49'

    Santon to Vuckic in the Liverpool box. His clipped cross is aimed at Ba, but doesn't find him.

  • 47'

    Bellamy taking all kinds of abuse from the Newcastle fans by the corner flag. In comes the delivery - free-kick for a foul in the box.

  • 47'

    Bellamy picks up where he left off, winning his team a corner with a surge down the left.

  • 46'

    And away we go with the second half. One Newcastle change to report - Santon for Taylor.

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    Newcastle's goal looks to have been attributed as an own goal to Agger now. Almost certain that's the right decision. Ba certainly didn't celebrate it.

  • 45'

    The half-time whistle goes and the two teams go in at 1-1.

  • 45'

    Spearing tries a shot from 35 yards. Wildly optimistic, but he wins his side a corner.

  • 43'

    Downing cuts in from the left and looks for a disguised pass to Carroll. It doesn't reach its target.

  • 41'

    Bellamy's cross is headed clear at the far post.

  • 40'

    Vuckic tries his luck from 30 yards. Reina is not troubled.

  • 39'

    Ba with a clumsy lunge on Spearing, but he gets away without a booking.

  • 38'

    Finally a spell of possession for Newcastle, who've looked vulnerable after conceding the equaliser.

  • 36'

    Taylor booked for a tug on Downing.

  • 36'

    Cabaye penalised for a foul on Adam. Newcastle are losing the central battle right now.

  • 35'

    So close to 2-1 for Liverpool! Bellamy's corner is met by Skrtel at the near post. His flick-on is just too high for Adam a yard out.

  • 34'

    Williamson leaves Krul a little short with a header, and he's forced to rush out a slice away for a throw-in.

  • 33'

    Both sets of fans in fine voice at Anfield. Cracking atmosphere.

  • 32'

    Johnson's fizzing cross is just too high for Henderson to make a telling contact.

  • 31'

    Liverpool deserved that goal, they've been the better side so far. 4-3 anyone?

  • 29'

    GOAL Liverpool equalise! Adam's persistence sees a cross blocked into the path of Bellamy...who blasts into the bottom corner to make it 1-1. Fine finish.

  • 29'

    Adam's ball is cleared. He gets another chance and wins a corner. Again Newcastle clear.

  • 28'

    Gutierrez goes in the book for a foul on Johnson. Liverpool have a free-kick in advanced position on their right.

  • 26'

    Completely against the run of the play that. It was Cabaye's flick-on, but replays appear to show the final touch came off Agger for an own goal.

  • 25'

    GOAL Newcastle lead! Taylor's cross from the left takes two deflections and goes past Reina to put the visitors ahead. It's been given to Ba.

  • 24'

    Ba with chance to cross, but he can't find Cabaye with a low cut-back.

  • 22'

    Krul comes to punch under a high ball, and only manages to parry the ball a few feet. Fortunately for him, Newcastle clear their lines.

  • 22'

    Johnson tries to find Downing, but this time Taylor is alert to the danger and intercepts.

  • 21'

    Newcastle have barely had the ball so far. Ba isolated upfront.

  • 20'

    Downing runs at Taylor and cuts in from the left. His low shot is saved by Krul, down to his left.

  • 18'

    Carroll first to react to a dropping ball 15 yards out, but his volley is blocked. Soon after Adam blasts one over the bar from 30 yards.

  • 17'

    Downing goes long, looking to find Carroll. Straight through to Krul in the Newcastle goal.

  • 16'

    Liverpool are just about edging the contest so far.

  • 15'

    Bellamy finds Enrique on the left. His low cross zips dangerously across the six-yard box. Nobody gets a touch.

  • 14'

    Coloccini with a well-timed tackle to block Adam on the edge of the Newcastle box.

  • 13'

    Johnson's cross from the right is easily dealt with by Coloccini.

  • 12'

    Adam goes for a Hollywood pass to Bellamy on the left. Straight out for a throw-in.

  • 11'

    Good play from Carroll, who takes a high ball on his chest and does well to find a team-mate under pressure.

  • 10'

    Taylor tries a sweeping cross-field pass for Obertan, but it's just too strong. Nice idea.

  • 9'

    Tiote seeing a lot of the ball earlier on for Newcastle in midfield.

  • 8'

    Bellamy looks for a one-two with Adam, but Adam's pass asks too much of him.

  • 7'

    Bad pass from Obertan, which runs straight out for a throw-in.

  • 6'

    Agger finds a gap through midfield and drives towards the edge of the Newcastle box. His shot is pulled wide.

  • 4'

    Bellamy and Carroll are of course facing their former club tonight.

  • 3'

    Newcastle clear Downing's corner. Ba is then caught offside trying to run in behind Liverpool's back four.

  • 2'

    Johnson tries to cross from the right, but his ball in is deflected behind for a corner.

  • 1'

    And away we go. Liverpool in all red, Newcastle in black and white. But you knew that already.

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    Rain in Liverpool has made for a slick playing surface tonight. Perfect for attacking football.

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    Tonight naturally brings up memories of the famous 4-3 game in 1996.

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    Liverpool have won 14 of 17 meetings between these two teams at Anfield.

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    Newcastle look to be going with five across midfield. Teenager Haris Vuckic makes his second start for Alan Pardew's team tonight.

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    It looks like Bellamy will play in support of Carroll for Liverpool, with Luis Suarez serving a one-game suspension for the gesture he made to Fulham fans.

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    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Vuckic, Ba // Subs: Elliot, Santon, Ben Arfa, Perch, Best, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.

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    Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Spearing, Adam, Downing, Carroll, Bellamy // Subs: Doni, Gerrard, Maxi, Kuyt, Carragher, Shelvey, Kelly.

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    The big team news for you. Free-scoring Demba Ba starts for Newcastle. Not-so-free-scoring Andy Carroll starts for Liverpool. Steven Gerard is on the bench. Full line-ups to follow.

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    Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of Liverpool v Newcastle at Anfield. The game kicks of at 7.45pm.

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    In the meanwhile, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted he will be pleased to see the back of 2011. You can read the full story here.

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    ESPNsoccernet will bring you live commentary of Liverpool's Premier League match against Newcastle, which kicks off at 1945 GMT.