Premier League

December 30, 2011



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.


    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.


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


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


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


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


    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.


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


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


    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.


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


    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.


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