Newcastle United vs Liverpool summary: Nuñez double, score, goals, highlights | Premier League 2023-24
Premier League 2023-24: Newcastle United vs Liverpool as it happened
Full time: Newcastle 1-2 Liverpool
Soccer, eh? How on earth did Liverpool win that game?
They had a horrible first half, it's fair to say. Trent Alexander-Arnold could quite easily have been sent off inside the first five minutes and then let the ball slip under his foot into the path of Anthony Gordon, who raced in on goal and fired past Alisson to put Newcastle in front after 25 minutes.
Seconds later, Gordon had skipped past Trent again and played the ball through for Isak, who was clipped by Virgil van Dijk, denying the Magpies striker a clear and obvious goalscoring opportunity.
Down to 10, Liverpool were under the cosh for the next 10 minutes or so and only a wonder save from Alisson prevented Almirón from double the hosts’ lead before half-time.
Gordon continued to torment Alexander-Arnold and The Reds in the second period, delivering a number of dangerous-looking crosses and managing a couple of efforts on goal himself, one of which flew inches wide. Miguel Almirón and Sven Botman also passed up big chancesto double The Magpies’ advantage, which proved costly.
Jürgen Klopp’s men had offered little attacking threat throughout, but the introductions of Diogo Jota, and then Darwin Nuñez, made a difference. The Uruguayan striker isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and wasted a couple of decent counterattacking opportunities after coming on. The flip-side of the coin, however, is that he can be a clinical finisher, which he proved with two superb strikes in the final moments, which allowed Liverpool to snatch all three points against the odds.
What next for Liverpool?
Liverpool have managed two take four points from away games at Chelsea and Newcastle despite probably deserving none. Next weekend, they host Aston Villa, who have recovered from their opening-day thrashing by winning two in a row.
What next for Newcastle United?
After thumping Aston Villa on the opening day, Newcastle have lost back-to-back games and are sure to face a tough test away to Brighton next weekend. After consecutive 4-1 wins, The Seagulls lost at home to West Ham on Saturday, however,
Darwin Nuñez double wins the game for Liverpool at Newcastle
Nuñez is, at times, pretty wasteful and, seconds before his equalising goal, he killed a promising counter-attack stone dead with a poor first touch. But Liverpool paid big bucks for him because he's a constant threat, and his knack of always being in the thick of the action and getting into the right positions mean he'll get goals in a functioning team. That's exactly what happened at St James' Park, allowing The Reds to get three points they didn't really deserve, but will be delighted to escape with.
Newcastle tumble down the table in the last few minutes
By contrast, Newcastle thought they were going to end the weekend two points clear of their opponents, but now find themselves down in 13th, four points worse off.
Liverpool climb up into joint-second place in the Premier League
Liverpool had looked almost certain to end the weekend in the bottom half of the table. Two Darwin Nuñez goals later, and they are up into fourth place (joint second), two points behind Manchester City, who are already looking strong.
Full time: Newcastle United 1-2 Liverpool
Newcastle will be scratching their heads at this one, even Liverpool might be. Jürgen Klopp's side have stolen all three points at St James' Park!
Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope got his head on it but the ball goes wide. That could be that...
A free-kick for Newcastle, a chance to get the ball into the box.
Seconds before that Nuñez goal, Longstaff almost managed to prod the ball past Alisson at the other end!
Five minutes additional time. For once, that seems quite like not enough.
Wilson has a glimpse of goal but he scoops it well over Alisson's goal. Just a half-chance.
Almirón claims for a penalty!
Newcastle are back on the attack and Almirón smashes one goalwards. The winger thinks Robertson blocks it with his handbut he doesn't.
A bit of a break in play as Botman goes down. He won't be able to continue, so Targett comes on in his place.
Somehow, Liverpool are now looking to win this. That hasn't looked on the cards at all for pretty much all of this game.
Nuñez is such a puzzling player. But for all his faults, he's a constant menace.
Nuñez and Barnes waste big chances!
Elliott plays a brilliant ball over the top for Nuñez, whose poor touch kills a very promising attack. At the other end, Barnes breaks free and has Wilson all alone in the middle but can't find an angle for a pass.
Jarell Quansah makes Liverpool debut
Changes for Liverpool. Your new favourite number 78 Jarell Quansah comes on for his first appearance for the club, along with Darwin Nuñez. Matip and Mac Allister go off.
Almirón hits the post!
That would've been a fantastic goal! Almirón picks up possession on the right, drifts inside several players and curls a fine effort off the Liverpool post! Alisson was well beaten.
Jota somewhat hopefully claims for a penalty as Tripper barges into him as he waits for a high ball. Nothing doing.
Two of the subs combine immediately! Longstaff whips a cross in from the right onto the head of Wilson, who can't get it on target.
Newcastle had slowed up a little, the changes might do them good.
Goalscorer Gordon goes off
Wilson, Barnes and Lonstaff come on for Isak, Barnes and Tonali.
Liverpool will be glad to see the back of Gordon.
Liverpool are having a decent little spell here and stuck a few balls into the box and have won a few corners. No joy from any of them yet, though.
Huge intervention from Botman!
That's huge from Botman at the other end! For the first time, Salah has space in the box and is ready to pull the trigger, only for the defender to slide in and make a superb block!
Big chance for Botman!
Trippier's curls a lovely free-kick into the box and it looks perfect for Botman, but it skews off the defender's head and wide.
Just wide from Anthony Gordon!
Liverpool just can't cope with Antony Gordon. He cuts inside, and inside again, and inside again, and shoots just past Alisson's post!
Gomez has rare Liverpool effort on goal
A slight threat to the Newcastle goal there as Gomez gets his head to a Robertson free-kick. When I say "slight", I mean "slight", as his header flies well over.
Jota has an instant impact and finds himself in space on the left but Joelinton gets back to tidy up the danger. The Brazilian has been everywhere for Newcastle.
Jota and Elliott on for Liverpool
Klopp has to do something. Jota and Elliott replace Gakpo and Endo.
Trent Alexander-Arnold makes crucial intercreption!
Much better from Trent this time! Tonali gets away down the right and tries to pick up Gordon at the back post, but the right-back is well-positioned to clear.
Another cross from the left from Gordon, Tonali almost gets on the end of it in the box but seems to be caught out by Matip's failed attempt to clear.
Alisson saves from Gordon
Gordon gets the ball out on the left and - guess what - turns inside Alexander-Arnold and shoots. It's easily held by Alisson though.
Liverpool boss Klopp goes mad on the touchline
Jürgen Klopp is not happy with somebody, not quite sure who. But he's giving it both barrels to someone out there.
Trippier sees yellow
Trippier presses Mac Allister with a bit too much oomph and is the first Newcastle player in the book.
Almirón should score but blazes over!
Trent is having a nightmare out there. This time its Joelinton who runs him ragged and picks out Almirón all alone at the back post. He takes it first time and blazes wildly over. A huge chance!
Superb run from Gordon!
Wow, Gordon is right up for this! A brilliant slaloming run takes him past Trent and two others and towards the goal line. This time his cross does find Isak, but the striker's touch takes the ball through to Alisson.
Gordon cross almost leads to second Newcastle goal!
Gordon was decisive in the first half and very nearly tees up Isak for a simple second just after kick off! Gomez just nips in ahead of the Swede to clear.
Second half of Newcastle vs Liverpool underway!
The Magpies get us going again!
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk sent off against Newcastle
As ever, VAR did check referee John Brooks' decision to send off Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk but the match officials agreed that he had clipped Newcastle attacker Alexander Isak.
How do you say "off you pop" in Dutch?
Former Everton winger Anthony Gordon scores against Liverpool
Newcastle's Anthony Gordon left Everton under a big, black rain cloud, it must be said, although scoring a goal against The Reds will no doubt have special significance to the Liverpool-born winger.
The anguish on Alexander-Arnold's face in this snap says it all, that was all his fault. No other way to dress it up.
Half time: Newcastle United 1-0 Liverpool
Let’s be honest, that’s been a horrible first half for Liverpool. Trent Alexander-Arnold could quite easily have been sent off inside the first five minutes and the Reds right-back was culpable for the only goal of the first half, allowing Mohamed Salah’s touch to slip under his foot into the path of Anthony Gordon, who raced in on goal and fired past Alisson.
Within two minutes, Gordon had skipped past Trent again and played the ball through for Isak, who was clipped by Virgil van Dijk, denying the Magpies striker a clear and obvious goalscoring opportunity. An early bath for the Dutch defender.
Down to 10, Liverpool were under the cosh for the next 10 minutes or so and only a wonder save from Alisson prevented Almirón from doubling the hosts’ lead. Things did settle down a bit towards the end of the half but Jürgen Klopp has to get his thinking cap on if his team are to have any chance of coming back into the game.
Half time: Newcastle United 1-0 Liverpool
A horrid first half for The Reds! Anthony Gordon punishes Trent's mistake and van Dijk is sent off moments later!
Premier League soccer or NFL?
That last passage of play resembled NFL, or rugby, more than Premier League soccer. A swarm of players around the ball, all trying to elbow opponents out of the way. Tonali escapes with it.
Salah thinks he's pulled back in the box from the corner by Tonali, the match officials don't agree, however.
A chance for Liverpool to level here from a corner. What can Trent devlier?
Four minutes of stoppage time.
A free-kick for The Reds from all of 35 yards out. Szoboszlai shoots but fires well wide.
Liverpool waste promising counterattack
Liverpool are a man down but Alexander-Arnold has acres of space on the right to drive into. He players the ball infield to Salah but the momentum of the attack has gone.
A really nice-looking ball into the box from Guimarães almost picks out Almirón but Gomez does just enough to clear.
A brief moment of promise for The Reds as Gakpo breaks into the box, but a poor touch means the chance is gone. Newcastle race up the other end but a mistimed pass from Almirón kills the counterattack.
Endo has hardly been on the ball at all and he's rapidly closed down by Guimarães, who commits a foul. The epitmose of Newcastle pressure.
One-way traffic at the moment. Trippier picks out Almirón at the edge of the box but the winger slices high and wide.
WHAT A SAVE BY ALISSON!
That is honestly one of the best saves I've seen in a long, long time. Almiron's smashes a volley goalwards and Alisson somehow reacts to touch it onto the bar! Unbelievable!
Liverpool's first attack for a while. Robertson has it out on the left but lofts a harmless cross into the hands of Pope.
Díaz off, Gomez on for Liverpool
Luis Díaz is the next victim of Liverpool's day to forget (so far). He's hooked for centre-back Joe Gomez.
Schär fires the free-kick into the wall and Tonali's follow-up is deflected wide.
To make maters worse, they have a free-kick to defend in a VERY dangerous position...
Oh dear, what do Liverpool do here?
VAN DIJK RED CARD STANDS!
An early bath for big Virgil. He got a touch on the ball but clipped Isak to get it.
Gordon has his tail up after scoring, skips past Trent again and players the ball through for Isak, who's wiped out by Van Dijk before he can go through on goal.
We might have a VAR intervention, mind you...
VAN DIJK SENT OFF!
This is falling apart for Liverpool!
Salah's first moment of danger!
Salah has been quiet so far but he picks the ball up in the "Salah position" and curls one goalwards. It's right down Pope's throat, though.
Pope uses his head
Pope was sent off last season after rushing from his goal and inexplicably handling the ball outside his box. There was almost a deja-vu there as he came sprinting out of his box, you could hear the fear among the fans. The goalkeeper used his head, rather than his hands, this time, though, and the danger was cleared.
The absolutely frantic pace continues. This is the Premier League at its seat-of-your-pants best.
Well, maybe not quite "best best". Some more goalmouth action would be nice, although it's coming.
Superb run and shot from Díaz!
We've not seen much of Díaz but he looks in the mood all of a sudden. An excellent jinking run infield takes him all the way into the box and his near-post strike is beaten away by Pope!
And Newcastle waste little time in getting a second shot away, although Gordon's effort from distance is deflected and Alisson can throw his cap on it.
Joelinton first to test Alisson!
Almost a quarter-of-an-hour in and we have our first shot at goal! Isak shuffles the ball out left to Joelinton, whose first time shot from the edge of the box is straight at Alisson.
It looked as if Mac Allister might be next in the book there for pulling back Guimarães, who took a loose touch then majestically floated the ball over the Argentine's head. Just a free-kick.
Plenty going on although not a single shot a goal so far.
A very feisty start! Salah shoves Tripper after losing possession to the defender.
A second Liverpool corner and Pope is flapping at the cross again. He again gets away with it, but that'll be a bit of a worry for Eddie Howe.
I would say if he hadn't already been booked, Trent would definitely got a yellow for that "challenge". He stuck his arm out and caught Gordon high.
Alexander-Arnold flirting with a red card!
Oooooh, and another immediately foul from Trent on Gordon down on the touchline. The home fans are already baying for a red card! Nothing doing though.
An early yellow card for Alexander-Arnold, who's quite clearly pushed over by Burn but doesn't get a free-kick and throws the ball away.
Little to shout about after that early scare for Newcastle. Most of the play taking place in the hosts' half, so far.
Pope cross with himself
Pope misjudges Trent's right-wing corner and is relieved to see the ball fly well over the bar off Matip's head.
A first attack and a first corner for Liverpool...
Underway at St James' Park!
Here we go! Liverpool get us going in Newcastle!
Liverpool team to play Newcastle United
And here's how Liverpool line-up at St James' Park. A first start for Wataru Endo!
Alisson: Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson: Endo, Mac Allister; Szoboszlai; Salah, Gakpo, Díaz.
- 26A. Robertson
- 66Trent Alexander-Arnold
- 4Virgil Van Dijk
- 3Wataru Endo
- 10Alexis Mac Allister
- 8Dominik Szoboszlai
- 7Luis Díaz
Newcastle team to play Liverpool
Already ready to go! A little reminder of the today's teams. Newcastle first up:
Pope; Tripper, Schär, Botman, Burn; Guimarães, Tonali, Joelinton; Almirón, Isak, Gordon.
- 22Nick Pope
- 4Sven Botman
- 33Dan Burn
- 8Sandro Tonali
- 39Bruno Guimarães
- 10Anthony Gordon
- 24Miguel Ángel Almirón
Newcastle and Liverpool involved in Premier League's greatest ever game?
You can ignore the 'on this day' bit, but those of you of a certain vintage may remember Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle in April 1996, which is widely regarded as being the greatest game in the history of the Premier League. The Magpies were well ahead of Manchester United at the top of the table earlier in the season but saw their lead whittled down and eventually overturned, not helped by twice surrendering the lead at Anfield.
Incredibly enough, the teams met again less than 12 months later with the same scoreline at the same venue. Newcastle came from 3-0 down to level but were again beaten by a last-minute goal, this time by Robbie Fowler.
Same again today please, lads.
Liverpool's Diogo Jota left out after illness
Speaking to UK broadcaster Sky Sports, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has revealed that attacker Diogo Jota didn't train on Saturday because of illness. The Portuguese makes way for Wataru Endo to make his first start for The Reds, although he is named amongst the substitutes.
Newcastle United vs Liverpool: 20 minutes to go!
20 minutes to go until play gets underway at St James' Park!
Who've you got for this one?
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp responds to Mohamed Salah transfer rumours
In his pre-match press conference before today's game, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was asked about Salah's potential move to Saudi Arabia and played down reports that he would be losing his talisman.
“We don’t have an offer, Mo Salah is still a Liverpool player, obviously for all the things we do, he’s essential and will be. There’s nothing there. If there would be something, the answer would be no.
“My life philosophy is I think about a problem when I have it. At the moment, there’s absolutely nothing. I said already if there is something, the answer would be no.”
To say that Mohamed Salah has been a key player for Liverpool in recent seasons would be a massive understatement. The Egyptian has scored 187 goals in 307 games for the club, helping them win the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League in 2020. This week, however, he has been at the centre of transfer speculation linking him with a move to the Saudi Pro League (where else?) and Al Ittihad (Karim Benzema's team).
You will not be surprised to hear they were prepared to throw big wads of cash in his direction, which would have seen earn even more than Cristiano Ronaldo, the man who started all this. Salah's agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, addressed the rumours on social media.
How have Liverpool started the 2023-24 season?
When Luis Díaz put Liverpool ahead in the opening game of the Premier League season away to Chelsea, it looked as if Jürgen Klopp's side might run away with that game at Stamford Bridge. But The Blues hung in there and fought their way back into things, and will probably feel they should've taken all three points rather than just one.
There was trouble brewing last weekend when Bournemouth took a shock lead at Anfield, but The Reds turned the game around despite Mac Allister being sent off just before the hour-mark, with the score at 1-1. Díaz, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota were on target in a 3-1 victory.
Newcastle United vs Liverpool team sheet
And for you team sheet aficionados (yes, that is a thing), here are the line-ups...on paper (that still exists)!
Haven't been able to find them hand-written, though, I'm afraid.
Newcastle team to play Liverpool: Joelinton fit to start, Wilson benched
As we also thought would be the case, Joelinton is fit to take up his usual spot in the Newcastle midfield. Last season's top scorer, Callum Wilson, is again left on the bench.
Pope; Tripper, Schär, Botman, Burn; Guimarães, Tonali, Joelinton; Almirón, Isak, Gordon.
Liverpool team to play Newcastle: Endo makes first start, no Konaté
A first start in the Liverpool midfield for Wataru Endo, who came off the bench against Bournemouth last weekend. As we thought, Ibrahima Konaté isn't fit to play, with Joël Matip his replacement in central defence.
Alisson: Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson: Endo, Mac Allister; Szoboszlai; Salah, Gakpo, Díaz.
How have Newcastle United started the 2023-24 season?
Newcastle were handed a really tough-looking run of fixtures to start the season (at least on paper), with their first four games seeing them take on Aston Villa, Manchester City, Liverpool and Brighton, who all finished in the top seven last season.
However, they made a mockery of that in the opening game, taking Villa apart in a 5-1 win at St James' Park. They result did somewhat flatter The Magpies, although they were ruthless in front of goal.
They followed that up with a narrow 1-0 defeat to City in Manchester, which could happen to anyone, with Howe deeply disappointed by his team's lack of goal threat in that game.
Let's see how they go today.
How did Liverpool do in 2022-23?
Mainly because of Newcastle's huge improvement, Liverpool failed to reach expectations by missing on Champions League qualification, finishing in fifth spot, four points behind The Magpies. The Reds lost just one Premier League game at Anfield but were badly let down by their away form, suffering eight defeats compared to only six wins.
Jürgen Klopp's side also struggled in the cup competitions, losing in the fourth round of the FA and EFL Cups, as well as being eliminatinated at the round-of-16 stage of the Champions League, where Real Madrid were their conquerors.
How did Newcastle do in 2022-23?
Given that Newcastle have been pumped full of cash, it's come as little surprise to see their fortunes suddenly improve. That said, few thought they would show such huge progress so soon, with manager Eddie Howe due plenty of credit for guiding The Magpies back into the Champions League ahead of today's opponents, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, who have all been regulars in the competition in recent seasons.
No team lost fewer Premier League games last season than Newcastle (five), not even eventual champions Manchester City (also five). Similarly, The Toon also had the joint-best defensive record alongside Pep Guardiola's team (33 goals conceded in 38 matches). 14 draws prevented them from finishing higher than fourth, although little criticism can be levelled at How'e side, who overachieved.
St James' Park: one of England's best atmospheres?
St James' Park is the scene for today's clash and is often praised for its atmosphere. Newcastle is a big, one-club city and the club's fans have been starved of success, desperate as they are for it to happen.
Although good times could be just around the corner (chiefly thanks to Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund...they have their fingers in a lot of pies at the moment).
Newcastle arrive at St James' Park
Long sleeves and a couple of hoods up as Newcastle arrive at St James' Park. Nobody wants to play soccer when it's hot anyway, do they?
Early Liverpool team news: Mac Allister cleared to play
Meanwhile, Liverpool's big summer signing Alexis Mac Allister was shown what can only be described as a pretty dodgy red card against Bournemouth last weekend. Thankfully for him, common sense prevailed (for once) and it was overturned, which means the Scotsman...sorry, Argentinian is able to play today.
Early Liverpool team news: Konaté a fitness doubt, Alexander-Arnold ready to play
Central defender Ibrahima Konaté is Liverpool's main fitness concern and may not play. However, right-back-cum-playmaker Trent Alexander-Arnold has shaken off a knock and is expected to start.
Midfielders Thiago Alcántara and Curtis Jones won't feature due to injury.
Early Newcastle team news: Joelinton should be fit
There were fears Newcastle midfielder Joelinton had suffered a serious injury when he was forced off in last weekend's defeat to Manchester City but manager Eddie Howe has revealed the Brazilian is "fine" and trained in the latter part of the week.
Joe Willock is the main injury absentee, while new loan signing Lewis Hall, who has joined from Chelsea, is in contention to make his debut.
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What time does Newcastle United vs Liverpool kick-off?
The clash at in the north east of England gets underway at 4:30 p.m. local time, which makes it 11:30 a.m. ET and 8:30 a.m. PT. Nothing like a bit of Premier League to wake you up on a Sunday, isn’t that right, west coasters?
Over the next 90 minutes or so I’ll be bringing you build-up, team news and plenty more. Let's do this!
Hello and welcome to Newcastle United vs Liverpool!
Matchday three of the 2023-24 Premier League is about to come to a close and it’s about to come to a close with a bang! Nouveau riche Newcastle United, who will compete in this year’s Champions League, play host to Liverpool, who would’ve expected to qualify for Europe’a elite club competition but didn’t…mostly because of today’s opponents.
I’m Roddy and thanks for joining me for this one, which should be an absolute cracker!