Premier League

May 1, 2011



3 - 0

Newcastle United

Premier League

11:00 +00:00, May 1, 2011

Anfield, England

Referee: Peter Walton

  • 94'

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  • 94'

    FULL TIME A comfortable 3-0 victory for Liverpool through goals from Maxi, Kuyt and Suarez. The Reds are into fifth.

  • 93'

    Johnson heads clear at the near post and that should be that.

  • 93'

    One last corner for Newcastle, can they grab a goal for their travelling fans?

  • 92'

    Shane Ferguson on for Jose Enrique

  • 91'

    Still all-square in the closing stages between Birmingham and Wolves. That result not enough to lift Wolves out of the bottom three.

  • 90'


  • 89'

    It seems to have vanished now as play continues. At least nobody gave it the same treatment that poor owl received...

  • 88'

    Looks like a bird has fallen onto the pitch at Anfield. Not sure how they'll deal with that.

  • 87'

    Glen Johnson is down with cramp for Liverpool. It has been a solid return to the team for the England man.

  • 85'

    Joe Cole on for Luis Suarez

  • 84'

    A worthy strike from Nolan, who curls an effort just over the bar from the edge of the area after Ranger's knock back.

  • 83'

    Newcastle's lack of attacking options displayed with the introduction of Kuqi. A new striker is a must for the Toon army next season.

  • 82'

    Shefki Kuqi on for Shola Ameobi

  • 81'

    Jonjo Shelvey on for John Flanagan

  • 80'

    A penalty appeal from Newcastle! Ameobi controls the ball before moving past Skrtel. The Slovakian stretches out a leg and trips Ameobi, but nothing is given!

  • 79'

    Reina comfortably catches Barton's delivery.

  • 78'

    The free kick is taken short to Gutierrez, who earns another corner for Newcastle.

  • 77'

    Newcastle free kick on the edge of the area after Johnson trips Ameobi.

  • 76'

    The corner is clear as far as Tiote, who hits a decent volley wide of Reina's goal.

  • 75'

    Gutierrez wins a corner, will there be a consolation goal for Newcastle?

  • 74'

    Close from Raul Meireles. An excellent, deep cross from Johnson, and a lunging header from Meireles is only just wide.

  • 73'

    Nile Ranger on for Peter Lovenkrands

  • 72'

    Newcastle fans will be disappointed with their team today. Liverpool have barely had to get out of second gear to secure a comfortable win.

  • 70'

    Carroll has already scored in this fixture once this season, for Newcastle in a 3-1 win at St Jame's Park.

  • 69'

    Andy Carroll on for Maxi Rodriguez

  • 68'

    The crowd come to life as Andy Carroll gets ready to make his bow...

  • 66'

    Newcastle look entirely deflated. They can get out the deck chairs, their season is over.

  • 65'

    Not sure what happened to the seemingly imminent introduction of Nile Ranger. Alan Pardew clearly had a change of heart.

  • 64'

    GOAL Luis Suarez makes it 3-0!!! Suarez has the ball on the edge of the area. He gets lucky when his pass deflects to Kuyt, but the Dutchman's through ball is perfect. Suarez has a clear sight of goal and makes no mistake from 10 yards.

  • 62'

    A bit of team news ahead of the Arsenal v Manchester United clash later. Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas misses out after picking up an injury in training.

  • 61'

    Kuyt has now scored in the last four matches. Is it fair to say the Dutchman is flying?! I'll get my coat.

  • 60'

    It should have been 3-0!!! Meireles with a free kick on the left, Kuyt is all alone in the centre and can only guide his header wide!

  • 59'

    Mike Williamson in the book for his foul on Suarez.

  • 58'

    GOAL Dirk Kuyt sends Krul the wrong way!

  • 57'

    PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! Suarez tugged down by Williamson after shrugging off the defender. A clear spot-kick.

  • 56'

    Maxi makes a break down the left, his looping cross drops onto the top of Krul's crossbar as Meireles and Suarez try to get on the end of it.

  • 55'

    Nile Ranger is set to be introduced for Newcastle...

  • 54'

    Johnson wins the header, but Maxi with a complete air-shot from the knock-down and the danger passes.

  • 53'

    A jinking run from Suarez, who takes on Simpson and earns a corner...

  • 52'

    Ameobi adjudged to have fouled Carragher as they tussle in possession. A harsh decision from referee Peter Walton.

  • 51'

    A low-key start to the second half. This match, at least from Newcastle's performance, has a distinctly end-of-season feel to it.

  • 50'

    Cheikh Tiote picks up his 13th yellow card of the season. If he gets to 15 he will start next season with a three-match ban.

  • 49'

    To give you an idea of the task now facing Newcastle, the last time they scored on this ground was through Patrick Kluivert in 2004. How times have changed.

  • 48'

    The corner is wasted. Coloccini taking a risk when he challenged Suarez prior to his last shot. The referee could have easily given a penalty had he gone down.

  • 47'

    Now a Liverpool corner, Mike Williamson blocking Suarez's shot and watching it go narrowly wide of the post.

  • 46'

    Immediately a chance for Newcastle and it's their best of the match! Barton meets a low cross at the far post and side foots a half-volley into the side-netting.

  • 45'


  • 45'

    As things stand, Liverpool are moving into fifth place and above Spurs on goal difference. European football is still a distinct possibility for the Reds.

  • 45'

    Andy Carroll sat on the bench for Liverpool, surely his introduction would liven up proceedings?

  • 45'

    Don't forget to stick around for the big one later. Manchester United's trip to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal is coming up at 14:05 BST.

  • 45'

    A fairly uneventful opening half. Newcastle with a plethora of set pieces, but they have not threatened at all.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Liverpool ahead after Maxi's deflected effort. Luis Suarez and Fabricio Coloccini swapping shirts as they depart? Very odd.

  • 45'


  • 43'

    Ameobi leaps to meet a cross and fouls Johnson in the process. Liverpool free kick inside their own penalty area.

  • 41'

    Lovenkrands shrugs off Skrtel and has some space behind the Liverpool defence. Curiously, he decides to head the bouncing ball and it runs through to Reina. The Spanish goalkeeper has had virtually nothing to do.

  • 40'

    Barton's corner is poor again and Tiote eventually gathers possession on the far touchline. So many set piece opportunities wasted by the visitors.

  • 39'

    Enrique's shot hits the wall, and Newcastle have their 7th corner...

  • 38'

    Barton's delivery is met by Lucas, but from the loose ball Meireles catches Barton with a high foot. A much-more dangerous dead ball...

  • 37'

    Skrtel clatters Lovekrands and it's the latest Newcastle set piece...

  • 36'

    A dangerous bending cross from Spearing which Lucas meets with his head. Unfortunately for Liverpool, it's straight at Krul.

  • 35'

    This time the corner is taken short to Kevin Nolan, a la Teddy Sheringham, and his shot is blazed over.

  • 34'

    Glen Johnson heads clear, but only for another corner!

  • 33'

    Another foul on Gutierrez from Flanagan. Another Newcastle set piece...

  • 32'

    Raul Meireles charges down Barton's corner and it's a throw. The Portuguese midfielder was never 10 yards away then.

  • 32'

    Gutierrez with another strong run and Carragher heads his cross behind for a corner...

  • 31'

    Having just equalised, Birmingham are down to 10 men at home to Wolves. Craig Gardner picking up a second booking with the score 1-1.

  • 30'

    Again Ameobi meets the cross, but again Liverpool can clear. Slightly better from Newcastle.

  • 29'

    Newcastle corner after an excellent run from Gutierrez...

  • 28'

    Ameobi rises to meet Barton's cross, but Spearing collects and clears.

  • 27'

    John Flanagan in the book for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Newcastle set piece...

  • 26'

    A second goal at St Andrew's, and it's gone to the hosts. Sebastian Larsson making it Birmingham 1-1 Wolves.

  • 25'

    Tiote with a late trip on Suarez near the halfway line. Liverpool free kick.

  • 24'

    Surely Kenny Dalglish will stay around next season if there is continental competition to look forward to?

  • 23'

    Liverpool would move above Tottenham and into fifth with this win. They have played a game more than Spurs, though.

  • 22'

    A well-hit shot on goal from Jay Spearing is spilt by Krul. The keeper recovers before Meireles can tap in.

  • 21'

    No threat on Reina's goal from Newcastle at all, can Alan Pardew changes things?

  • 20'

    A very slow tempo to the match at the moment, with Liverpool not having to do much to control the game.

  • 19'

    Newcastle's best move on the match, with Nolan involved. Possession is moved to Simpson out on the right, his cross is poor and cleared at the near post.

  • 18'

    Lucas with another foul, this time leaping late to challenge Tiote.

  • 17'

    It wasn't dangerous, Barton ballooned his cross straight into the Kop.

  • 17'

    Another mistake from Lucas, a clumsy trip Guitierrez gifts Newcastle a promising free kick...

  • 16'

    A poor attempted through ball from Lucas sees a Liverpool attack breakdown after patient build up.

  • 14'

    Newcastle free kick, Johnson tripping Ameobi on the halfway line.

  • 13'

    Suarez looks to find Maxi with a lofted ball over the top which is just about blocked by the head of Williamson. It's too easy for Liverpool at the moment.

  • 12'

    Newcastle have been left stricken by injuries to strikers, and certain number nines switching clubs, can they find a goal to level this contest?

  • 11'

    A big goal at St Andrew's, where a Steven Fletcher penalty has put Wolves 1-0 against Birmingham City. Mick McCarthy's side are out of the relegation zone, as things stand.

  • 10'

    A fourth goal in his last two games for Maxi, although it came via a sizeable slice of good fortune. A big ask for Newcastle now.

  • 9'

    GOAL Maxi Rodriguez is on fire!!! John Flanagan with a useful cross, which is only cleared as far as Maxi. His volley is poorly struck, but deflects off Danny Simpson and beyond Krul.

  • 8'

    Good footwork from Suarez, as he beats his man before setting up Jay Spearing. The pint-sized midfielder sees his shot well blocked.

  • 6'

    Raul Meireles with a scuffed half-volley from just inside the penalty area which trickles wide.

  • 5'

    Tim Krul almost gets himself into trouble, he comes to collect an overhit pass, but gets caught in possession by Maxi Rodriguez. Luckily for the Dutch keeper, the ball had rolled out of play for a Newcastle throw.

  • 4'

    A beautiful day on Merseyside, conditions perfect for an entertaining match. 4-3, anybody?

  • 3'

    Joey Barton's corner is driven hard into the box and Jose Reina collects.

  • 3'

    Newcastle corner as Jonas Guitierrez bursts forward...

  • 2'

    First forray forward from Luis Suarez, Jose Enrique does excellently to guide the Uruguayan out of play.

  • 2'

    James Perch picked up a knee injury for Newcastle in the warm up. As a result, young defender James Tavernier replaces him on the bench.

  • 1'

    Liverpool kick-off, and it's Newcastle who will play towards the Kop in the first 45 minutes.


    Andy Carroll is only fit enough for the bench but Jack Robinson is replaced by Glen Johnson.


    The teams are out in the sunshine and about ready to go.