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Newcastle stage comeback to grab point against Liverpool

Newcastle stage comeback to grab point against Liverpool

23/04/2016 at 16:46Updated 23/04/2016 at 18:56

Premier League, Anfield: Liverpool 2 (Sturridge 2, Lallana 30) Newcastle United (Cisse 48, Colback 66)

Newcastle United fought back from two goals down at the break to claim a vital point against Liverpool in their battle to avoid relegation.

Daniel Sturridge stunned the travelling support with a wonderful chest down and strike on the turn to put Liverpool ahead in only the second minute, his fourth goal in as many starts.

And the excellent Adam Lallana doubled the lead with an equally emphatic finish, curling an unstoppable shot into the top corner on the half-hour.

Newcastle looked dead and buried but another goalkeeping blunder from Simon Mignolet gifted Newcastle a goal back before Jack Colback fired the visitors level via a deflection off Dejan Lovren.

Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke in the stands

Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke in the standsReuters

The result means that Newcastle draw level with rivals Sunderland, who have two games in hand and are just a point behind Norwich City.

TALKING POINT

Salvation for Newcastle? That point means they’re level with rivals Sunderland, but more importantly the Black Cats have two games in hand to climb out of the drop zone.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Adam Lallana scores the second goal for Liverpool

Adam Lallana scores the second goal for LiverpoolReuters

PLAYER RATINGS

Liverpool: Mignolet 4, Randall 5, Toure 6, Lovren 6, Moreno 6, Stewart 6, Allen 7, Milner 6, Lallana 8, Firmino 7, Sturridge 7. SUBS: Lucas 6, Coutinho 6, Ojo 6.

Newcastle United: Darlow 6, Anita 6, Lascelles 6, Mbemba 6, Dummett 6, Tiote 6, Colback 7, Townsend 7, Sissoko, Perez 6, Cisse 7. SUBS: Wijnaldum 7, Shelvey 6, Mitrovic 6

KEY MOMENTS

2’ – GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Newcastle United: Daniel Sturridge chests down and volleys into the far corner score his seventh in seven games against Newcastle and fourth in as many starts.

30’ – GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle United: Adam Lallana curls an unstoppable shot into the top corner from Moreno’s pass.

37’ – PENALTY SHOUT! Randall dives to head the ball clear but only collects Perez, who falls under the challenge. Nothing given.

48’ – GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle United: Mignolet flaps at Anita’s cross and gets nowhere as Cisse heads into an empty net.

66’ – GOAL! Liverpool 2-2 Newcastle United: Townsend’s cross deflects to the feet of Colback, who fires home via a deflection off Lovren.

KEY STATS

Daniel Sturridge is the first player to score in four consecutive PL appearances since Sturridge himself scored in eight in a row between November 2013 and February 2014.

Adam Lallana scores his third PL goal against Newcastle United, which make The Magpies his favourite opponent. He also scored three against Swansea City.

Vurnon Anita has been involved in two goals (1 goal - 1 assist) in his last two PL appearances. He had been only involved in one goal in his previous 18.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezReuters

Liverpool have scored multiple goals in five consecutive matches in all competitions since a run of nine between February and April of 2014.

Jack Colback scores his first PL goal of the season. He had not scored in the PL since the 1-1 against Spurs on 19 April 2015 (3-1 loss).

Liverpool become the third team, after Everton (1,106) and Arsenal (1,036), to draw 1,000 top flight matches.

Newcastle remain unbeaten against Liverpool in the PL for the first time since 2003/04 when the teams drew twice.

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