Over the Premier League years, games between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James’ Park have produced plenty of goals and great entertainment. Ahead of Saturday’s latest, here is a look at some past meetings:
Newcastle were in patchy form heading into the game in October 2013, but battled hard to earn a deserved draw. Yohan Cabaye opened the scoring with a shot from distance, but the game seemed to swing in favour of the visitors when Mapou Yanga Mbiwa was sent off for bringing down Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard netted the resulting penalty.
But half-time substitute Paul Dummett stunned the Reds by scoring his first Premier League goal from a free-kick to the far post to put his side back in front. It was not enough for victory, however, as Daniel Sturridge nodded in from close range to make it 2-2.
Steven Gerrard had endured a difficult week when he took to the pitch in November 2007, with England having failed to qualify for Euro 2008. He responded by netting a ferocious 30-yard free-kick to set his Liverpool team on their way to an easy 3-0 win.
Manager Rafael Benitez’ position was also in doubt at the time, but his side won at a canter and added further goals through Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel as the home supporters voiced their discontent.
Head in Hands Moment
Liverpool were playing their first game since the takeover of George Gillett and Tom Hicks in March 2007, and it ended in a disappointing defeat. While Magpies goalkeeper Steve Harper has at fault for the Craig Bellamy goal which put the visitors in front, the equaliser came in even more generous fashion.
Harper’s opposite number Jose Reina smacked his clearance into defender Daniel Agger and left Obafemi Martins with a simple finish. From that moment on, Liverpool lost their grip on an enthralling game and ended up losing thanks to a penalty from Nolberto Solano.
Most Emphatic Victory
The Newcastle defence had an afternoon to forget back in April 2013 as the Reds ran riot. The deadlock was broken early as Daniel Agger beat the offside trap to head home, before Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge stamped their mark on the game by scoring twice each.
With Philippe Coutinho also causing problems with his creativity, Fabio Borini also found the net for his first Premier League goal, while Newcastle’s day was made worse by the sending off of Mathieu Debuchy for a second bookable offense.
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