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Newcastle vs Liverpool player ratings: Ten-men Liverpool floor the Magpies

Newcastle vs Liverpool player ratings: Ten-men Liverpool floor the Magpies

  • Liverpool beat Newcastle 2-1 courtesy of two late goals from Darwin Nunez.
  • The Reds had played the majority of the match with ten men following Virgil van Dijk’s red card in the first half.
  • Newcastle took the lead through Anthony Gordon but couldn’t find the all-important second goal.

Newcastle player ratings: Howe’s men lose from winning position

Nick Pope 5/10 – Two shots on target against him after van Dijk’s red card and two goal conceded.

Kieran Trippier 6/10 – Did okay both offensively and defensively but wasn’t in the game enough.

Fabian Schar 6/10  – Did better than Botman but still should have organised the defence better in that chaotic final ten minutes.

Sven Botman 5/10 – Made a mess of things for Nunez’s equaliser. Needed to sort his feet better.

Dan Burn 5/10 – Looked slow and struggled against Salah everytime the Egyptian ran at him. Defended terribly for the winner.

Bruno Guimaraes 6/10 – Didn’t have a huge impact on the game.

Sandro Tonali 7/10 – Was everywhere and imposed himself on the Liverpool midfield.

Joelinton 5/10 – Looked like the least technically proficient midfielder on the pitch.

Miguel Almiron 7/10 – Ratteld the post in what would have been a wonder goal and played pretty well.

Alexander Isak 5/10 – Got van Dijk sent off but didn’t do a great deal.

Anthony Gordon 8/10 – Deserved his goal and it was a great finish. Alexander-Arnold couldn’t cope with him and should never have been subbed off.

Substitutes

Callum Wilson 6/10 – Didn’t do much after his introduction.

Harvey Barnes 5/10 – Made a mess of a great chance to kill the game.

Sean Longstaff 5/10 – Was a passenger which helped Liverpool to come back into the game.

Elliot Anderson N/A

Matt Targett N/A

Liverpool player ratings: Nunez the match winner off the bench

Alison 8/10 – Made more saves than he ever has done for Liverpool, including a blinder off an Almiron shot.

Trent Alexander-Arnold 4/10 – Was at fault for Gordon’s goal and should have been sent off.

Virgil van Dijk 5/10 – Might feel unlucky to have been sent off but it was a rash challenge that he probably didn’t need to make.

Joel Matip 6/10 – Struggled with runners but held things together reasonably well in van Dijk’s absence.

Andy Robertson 7/10 – Worked incredibly hard down the left flank and kept Tripper quiet.

Wataru Endo 6/10 – A decent enough full debut given the circumstances.

Dominik Szoboszlai 7/10 – Worked hard and showed a bit of quality at times.

Alexis Mac Allister 6/10 – Liverpool improved after he was taken off – perhaps lacked the legs for a game like this.

Mo Salah 7/10 – A constant threat and his presence alone ensured Liverpool were always in the game at 1-0.

Luis Diaz N/A

Cody Gakpo 5/10 – An anonymous display and should have been taken off earlier.

Substitutes

Joe Gomez 7/10 – Was brought on for Diaz due to the red card and did well.

Harvey Elliott 6/10 – Showed some nice touches.

Diogo Jota 7/10 – Was far brighter than Gakpo and played the pass for Nunez’s equaliser.

Darwin Nunez 10/10 – Two emphatic finishes that could turn his Liverpool career around.

Jarell Quansah 6/10 –  Didn’t look out of his depth.

Newcastle vs Liverpool Match Summary and Highlights

Newcastle took on Liverpool on Sunday afternoon in a game that promised goals, excitement and plenty of fire and it certainly lived up to the billing. Newcastle have been excellent at home under Eddie Howe and took the lead via Anthony Gordon halfway through the first half when Trent Alexander Arnold’s miscontrol allowed the ex-Everton man to run through on goal.

Gordon finished through Alison’s legs and not long after, Newcastle’s advantage was increased when Virgil van Dijk was sent off for a challenge on Isak just outside the Liverpool penalty area. It wasn’t a foul worthy of a red card but the fact Isak would have otherwise been through on goal made it a decision that VAR couldn’t overturn.

Liverpool hung on and stayed in the game despite having a man less on the pitch, while Newcastle squandered several good opportunities to kill the game. Then, Darwin Nunez was introduced with 15 minutes on the clock and turned the game on its head. Firstly, he fired past Pope following some clumsy defending from Sven Botman before rifling in the winner in stoppage time after a through ball from Mo Salah.

The win will give Jurgen Klopp’s men huge belief that they can kick on and challenge for the league title once again while the result will perhaps serve as a reality check for Eddie Howe and his team.

Player of the match: Darwin Nunez

Darwin Nunez has been prematurely labelled a flop by many football fans and pundits after his indifferent debut season in England last year. His 15-minute cameo at St James Park, however, could turn his fortunes around entirely and will live long in the memory. Both goals were finished with clinical precision and should give him the confidence he needs to kick on and establish himself as Liverpool’s starting centre-forward.


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