Goal Videos and Fans’ Photos: Magical Coutinho sparkles in LFC 6-0 rout at Newcastle

Newcastle Utd 0-6 Liverpool
Saturday, 27th April 2013
Premier League
St James’s Park

BI3vWm9CIAIbVaQ (1)Courtesy of This Is Anfield’s Craig Rimmer.

Match Summary

Liverpool swept aside a Newcastle side lacking in confidence, in an absolute rout at St James’s Park on Saturday evening on Tyneside, showing that there is life without Luis Suarez after another week of controversy for the club.

Daniel Sturridge lead the attack, supported by Philippe Coutinho, and Stewart Downing, Lucas, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson making up the midfield. Fabio Borini returned from injury to make the bench.

After a wave of very early pressure from Liverpool, Downing’s bobbed cross from the right side found Daniel Agger onside and in acres of space to glance the ball home for a third minute lead.

On sixteen minutes, a great move from Liverpool in which Coutinho played the ball forward to Sturridge, who selfishly laid the ball off to Henderson to slot home from the edge of the area doubled the Reds lead.

Tempers flaired as Newcastle began to come back into the game towards the end of the first half. The Magpies’ Cheick Tiote first purposely standing on Sturridge, before Johnson grabbed a hold of the Newcastle number 24’s leg.

Coutinho’s magic continued as he looked lively, strong and intelligent on and off the ball as the game progressed.

BI3-bKGCEAAZV2SCourtesy of This Is Anfield’s Craig Rimmer.

The traveling Kop showed their support for under fire Suarez with chants of “He bites who he wants”, causing a party in the furthest top point of the stadium.

On 54 minutes, the Brazilian shrugged off X on the half way line, wriggled forward with precision control and played a plomb of a ball through to Sturridge, who’s sweetly struck left-foot strike smashed into the host’s top right hand corner for 3-0.

Just before the hour mark, Newcastle‘s demise continued as Henderson slipped through their defence, in the penalty area with enough time and space to slip the ball to Sturrdige for his second of the game and Liverpool’s fourth, as the Geordies made their way to the exits.

Borini came on to replace Gerrard for the final twenty minutes, making his first appearance since dislocating his shoulder in February and immediately made his mark.

Coutinho slid the ball to the right side of the area to Downing, who put a low cross into Borini who hit a lovely finish with the outside of his foot, just seconds after coming on the pitch.

It went from bad to worse for the hosts minutes later when Mathieu Debuchy was sent off for a second yellow card, putting Alan Pardew’s already deflated men down to 19 men.

From the resulting free kick, Henderson’s free kick from the left hand side was crossed into a busy area, evaded everyone and went straight through and in for Liverpool’s sixth and Henderson’s, the former Sunderland midfielder, second of the game.

Sturridge and Coutinho were given an ovation by the loud traveling Reds late on when they were replaced by Jonjo Shelvey and Suso with six minutes to play.

A fantastic attacking display from Liverpool, helped largely, it must be said, by a terrible home performance from the Magpies.

The result keeps Liverpool seventh in the Premier League table, still some good five points off Everton in sixth place, whom they play next weekend at Anfield in the Premier League.

Line-ups and Substitutions

Newcastle United: Elliot, Yanga-M’Biwa, Perch (Ben Arfa – 46′), Haidara, Debuchy, S Taylor, Cabaye, Sissoko, Gutierrez Booked (Gouffran – 46′), Tiote (Anita – 65′), Cisse.

Substitutes: Harper, Williamson, Anita, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Gouffran, Sh Ameobi.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Carragher. Gerrard (Borini – 72′), Coutinho, Henderson, Downing, Lucas, Sturridge.

Substitutes: Jones, Coates, Skrtel, Wisdom, Shelvey, Borini, Suso.

Ref: Marriner
Att: 52,351


Daniel Agger, 3mins 0-1

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Jordan Henderson, 16mins 0-2

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Daniel Sturridge, 54mins 0-3

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Daniel Sturridge, 59mins 0-4

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Fabio Borini, 72mins 0-5

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Jordan Henderson, 75mins 0-6

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