Match Report: Liverpool FC 3-0 Newcaste United FC 01/05/2011
I Called It!
Another convincing victory for the mighty Reds at Anfield. We are now fifth overtaking Spurs on goal difference. Although Spurs have a game in hand Liverpool’s quest for an European spot is back in their own hands as Spurs still have to come to Anfield.
Liverpool were in control in the opening minutes of the match and Miereles had the first chance with a half volley that went wide. Then the hat trick hero of the previous week Maxi found the back of the net for the Redmen via a deflected volley on 10 minutes. The shot was deflected off the arm of Newcastle defender Simpson if the ball didn’t go in a pen surely would’ve been given.
Spearing who is playing for the injured Gerrard was again proving why he’s become a first team regular. He drove a powerful 25 yard shot that tested Newcastle’s goalkeeper Krul and crossed in a lovely ball into the box that found Lucas who could only manage a header straight at the keeper.
Newcastle started to gain control over the game which resulted in a number of corners that they failed to take advantage of. Barton was a threat for Newcastle from set pieces but his good deliveries where wasted. He played the villain in front of the Kop. After the Kop reminded him while taking a corner that the ball should be in the segment he deliberately put the ball over the line while taking another corner which resulted in another round of jeers from Kop. After half time Newcastle’s best chance fell to Barton. Nolan crossed into the box but Barton’s shot was wide. However the Kop would have the last laugh thanks to a cheeky nutmeg from Lucas on Barton in the closing minutes of the game that left him stranded.
Then on the 59th minute Reina had the vision to pass a long ball up front to the impressive Suarez. Suarez broke through and looked to have beaten Williamson but Williamson frustrated brought down Suarez in the area and a penalty was rightly awarded. Kuyt stepped up to take the spot kick. He showed great composure on the ball as he did against Arsenal and converted the pen. That makes it seven goals out eight games for the Dutchman who is the best goal scoring form of his career in a Red shirt. He should’ve added to his pen when Meireless cross found his head at the edge of the six yard box but Kuyt who was unmarked glanced his header wide he knew he should’ve done better.
Kuyt did well for Liverpool’s third goal. Suarez tried a nutmeg in the box but it deflected to Kuyt. Suarez continued his run and Kuyt played a lovely ball for Suarez to hit home from eight yards. Suarez always looked a threat for Liverpool and deserved a goal for his work which is his third since his move to Merseyside.
Now with the points wrapped up Dalglish subbed Maxi for Carroll. As expected the Toon Army booed their former striker but those boos where downed out by the Anfields faithfuls chants of ‘There’s only one Andy Carroll’.
Liverpool’s undefeated home record under Dalglish stay intact and now have a real chance to play in Europe next season. For me Europa League is better than nothing and it would let Dalglish gain more experience as a manager in Europe not to mention the younger players too.