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2RMAT2A Liverpool's Darwin Nunez celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match at St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Picture date: Sunday August 27, 2023.

Newcastle 1-2 Liverpool: Super-sub Nunez saves 10-man Reds

A late intervention from substitute Darwin Nunez saved 10-man Liverpool from an embarrassing evening in Newcastle, with his goals sealing a 2-1 win.

Newcastle 1-2 Liverpool

Premier League (3), St James’ Park
August 27, 2023

Goals

Gordon 25′
Nunez 81′ (assist – Jota)
Nunez 90+3′ (assist – Salah)


It took less than six minutes for the weekend’s marquee clash to become about the referee, with Trent Alexander-Arnold booked for rolling the ball away after a foul on the touchline.

The incident seemed the affect the right-back – operating closer to his natural role in a 4-3-3 – as he struggled to hit his passes, and Newcastle piled pressure on his flank.

A woeful mistake from Alexander-Arnold handed Newcastle the opener, missing the ball completely and allowing Gordon to drive through and finish.

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 27, 2023: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold reacts after being shown a yellow card during the FA Premier League match between Newcastle United FC and Liverpool FC at St James' Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Then it went from bad to worse for Liverpool as Virgil van Dijk was adjudged to have brought down Alexander Isak as the last man, with the controversial red card seeing tensions boil over.

Another game to settle into with 10 men, the Reds looked more secure in their rejigged setup, but it was a fraught half at St James’ Park.

HT: Newcastle 1-0 Liverpool

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 27, 2023: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Newcastle United FC and Liverpool FC at St James' Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Newcastle were unsurprisingly confident after the break and kept the pressure on a hapless Alexander-Arnold, with Joelinton setting up a big chance for Miguel Almiron which he should have done better with.

It was before the hour mark when Jurgen Klopp turned to his substitutes’ bench, with Harvey Elliott and Diogo Jota replacing Wataru Endo and Cody Gakpo.

Despite the numbers disadvantage, Liverpool still had opportunities to level, with the guile of Jota on the left flank key, the Portuguese laying on a chance for Mo Salah that was blocked.

2RMAT24 Liverpool's Darwin Nunez celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match at St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Picture date: Sunday August 27, 2023.

Almiron produced a moment of brilliance only to strike the post with his effort, while Klopp shuffled his pack with a debut for Jarell Quansah and the introduction of Nunez.

Fired up and with a point to prove, Nunez was the man who brought Liverpool back, latching onto an error at the back, taking the ball into his path and blasting in for 1-1.

Then another. A ball lost, a Salah through ball, a Nunez burst and a sumptuous finish. 2-1. Heroic.


TIA Man of the Match: Darwin Nunez

Referee: John Brooks

Newcastle: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman (Targett 87′), Burn; Guimaraes, Tonali (Longstaff 72′), Joelinton (Anderson 82′); Almiron, Gordon (Barnes 72′), Isak (Wilson 72′)

Subs not used: Dubravka, Lascelles, Livramento, Murphy

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip (Quansah 77′), Van Dijk, Robertson; Endo (Elliott 58′), Szoboszlai, Mac Allister (Nunez 77′); Salah, Diaz (Gomez 33′), Gakpo (Jota 58′)

Subs not used: Kelleher, Tsimikas, Bajcetic, Doak

Next match: Aston Villa (H) – Premier League – Sunday, September 3, 2pm (BST)