Newcastle 0-6 Liverpool – Reds Run Riot

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By Jonathan Carroll

In a week where Liverpool found themselves issuing statements for the conduct of Luis Suarez. The English media then decided to blow the incident out of all proportion with over the top coverage. Make no mistake, what Suarez done was wrong. It has no place on the pitch. He is however a footballer, not a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. There are more heinous acts carried out on the football pitch. The FA needs an overhaul as Kenny Dalglish wrote during the week.

There was a game of football to be played and Liverpool got a dream start from Daniel Agger after he headed in Stewart Downing’s cross. Newcastle were playing a high line and when Philippe Coutinho picked up the ball in midfield his inch perfect ball set Daniel Sturridge racing through who then selflessly played in Jordan Henderson to make it two nil.

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Coutinho was leading Newcastle a merry dance. His ability to maintain possession, play passes that seem non existent and his intelligent movement has been quite impressive. The Brazilian dispossessed Ben Arfa on the half way line at the startof the second half and then played in Sturridge with a delightful outside of the foot pass. Sturridges finish was clinical. His celebration dance however was less impressive. Sturridge was again on the score sheet following a great ball from Steven Gerrard to Henderson down the left and Henderson then returned the compliment to Sturridge for a tap in.

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The fifth goal delighted every Liverpool player and supporter alike. Fabio Borini shortly after coming on collected Downings cross, swiveled and toe poked home. It was great to see a player whose season has been ravaged by injury get back to where he belongs. Henderson would soon get his brace following a disgraceful tackle by Debuchy on Coutinho. The in swinging free kick from the left evaded everyone and went in untouched. Liverpool were cruising. Newcastle were awful but they still needed dismantling and Brendan Rodgers’ side went about it in ruthless fashion.

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Liverpool and Rodgers seem to have made an astute acquisition in Coutinho. The little Brazilian continues to impress with every game. Jordan henderson is also continuing his development as a midfielder. With the absence of Suarez, more and more players will be looked upon to step up and contribute. This could be a blessing in disguise. After a week which saw Liverpool FC take a battering from a press that seems hell-bent on making Luis Suarez the most hated figure in English football, it was a relief for the clubs supporters to get back to seeing their team make the headlines on the pitch. Next up is Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday. A win is a must to ensure the other half of Merseyside knows their place.

Match Statistics

Newcastle                                  Liverpool

Possession                          46%                                             54%

Shpts                                     5                                                 11

Shots on Target                     1                                                 10

Corners                                 5                                                  7

Newcastle United

  • 21 Elliot – 6
  • 13 Yanga-M’Biwa – 4
  • 14 Perch – 4 (Ben Arfa – 46′ ) – 5
  • 19 Haidara – 4
  • 26 Debuchy – 4 (sent off)
  • 27 S Taylor – 6 (Booked)
  • 04 Cabaye – 5
  • 07 Sissoko – 4
  • 18 Gutierrez  – 3Booked (Gouffran – 46′ ) – 3
  • 24 Tiote  – 4(Anita – 65′ )
  • 09 Cisse – 6

Substitutes

  • 37 Harper
  • 06 Williamson
  • 08 Anita
  • 10 Ben Arfa
  • 15 Gosling
  • 11 Gouffran
  • 23 Sh Ameobi

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina – 6
  • 02 Johnson – 5 (Booked)
  • 03 Jose Enrique – 6
  • 05 Agger – 7
  • 23 Carragher – 7
  • 08 Gerrard – 7 (Borini – 72′ )
  • 10 Phillippe Coutinho – 9 (Suso – 84′ )
  • 14 Henderson – 8
  • 19 Downing – 7
  • 21 Lucas – 8
  • 15 Sturridge – 9 (Booked) (Shelvey – 84′ )

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 16 Coates
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 47 Wisdom
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 29 Borini
  • 30 Suso
Referee: Andre Marriner
Att: 52,351
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