FT: Liverpool 1 Newcastle 1

It featured two sparkling goals but it's another home game that passes by for Liverpool without victory, while Newcastle will no doubt be delighted after frustrating the hosts with a solid performance at Anfield. Thanks for your company and I'll see you all soon.

FULL TIME. Liverpool 1 Newcastle 1.

Newcastle are given a huge slice of luck as Shelvey's header is tipped on to the bar before bouncing over. That should be it now.

Sterling breaks past Santon from Suarez's pass, but play is pulled back for a tug by the Newcastle defender, resulting in a Liverpool free-kick.

Ameobi battles valiantly with Wisdom but loses out, until he is joined by back-up as Newcastle look to hold up the ball in the corner.

Four minutes of added time to be played.

Brilliant stuff from Downing, who forces a stunning delivery into the path of Shelvey who can only aim a tame header into Krul's arms.

Newcastle are well and truly boxed in here as the 10-men look to hold on to this scoreline, Simpson making the umpteenth clearance away as Liverpool press for a late winner.

Gerrard wins a free-kick from Santon's foul, and Gutierrez's clearance falls only at the feet of Shelvey who forces a solid save from Krul.

There are claims for a penalty that is never going to be given as Sterling simply misses a shot. Liverpool do win a corner though.

A majestic cross from Enrique finds Sterling, but neither he nor Suarez can fashion a chance and Newcastle have a goal kick.

It's a horrible, cynical hack at Suarez from the Newcastle captain, and one that leaves his team in a tough position with six minutes left to play.

Coloccini is sent off!

Ameobi draws a fine save from Jones, before Coloccini incredibly makes a headed clearance while falling over. Quite impressive.

Another good chance goes begging as Enrique crosses in with Suarez marginally missing contact with a header from close range.

Suarez reaches into his back of tricks, but Coloccini and Taylor block him off before Krul scrambles to claim a loose pass from Sterling.

The action is relentless now as Newcastle break, with Ben Arfa letting a shot away that sees Jones make a good save at the near post.

It's another corner for Liverpool after good work from Downing. Agger and Skrtel come up, but a brilliant jump sees Cisse win the header.

Simpson prevents Enrique's progress down the line, before the ball is switched to the other side where Gutierrez fouls Sterling.

Skrtel dispossesses Anita, but Ben Arfa picks up the ball again as Cisse attempts an overhead kick that isn't too far away from becoming a third wonderful goal of the match.

What a chance for Liverpool. A wonderful counter attack results in Suarez playing in Sterling, whose fierce shot is expertly deflected behind after a crucial challenge from Taylor.

Gutierrez finds Cisse but Agger's initially poor defending ends up with a good recovery to lead the ball away from the striker.

Sahin is hauled off with Downing coming on for the Reds.

The momentum is with Liverpool for the time being as Sterling lashes a volley away and earns his side another corner.

Ben Arfa goes for goal but it was always swerving wide after good pressure from the Liverpool wall.

The Liverpool fans are incensed as play is pulled back for a foul by Sahin on Ben Arfa, earning Newcastle a free-kick 25 yards from goal.

Good work from Santon, earning Newcastle a corner after a strong run towards the byline. Wisdom gets his head to Ben Arfa's delivery though as the danger comes to an end.

Ben Arfa is away after Sterling's run comes to an end. He is dispossessed though, and the hosts break with Suarez pulling back to Shelvey who pokes at an open goal with Krul gathering.

Cabaye's game comes to an end as he is replaced by Ferguson.

What a goal. A contender for goal of the season as Enrique's long ball is controlled wonderfully by Suarez, his second touch taking the ball round Krul, and his third is a simple pass into the net. 1-1 and game on again!


Liverpool make a change as Shelvey comes on to replace Suso.

Cisse gets his head to the corner, and a deflection carries it out of play but perhaps justifiably so, no second corner is given.

Ameobi takes on Wisdom but a poor touch is incredibly awarded as a corner to Newcastle, a decision which the striker is happy to see the funny side of.

The referee waves play on as Cisse is felled under Enrique, but eventually brings it back as there was clearly no advantage to be had by Newcastle.

Simpson gives away a clumsy free-kick as he clatters into the back of Sterling. Gerrard's delivery is ironically cleared strongly by Simpson in the end though.

Cabaye breaks away for Newcastle, with Ameobi taking on Skrtel and claiming a penalty when it looked like he just tripped over the ball.

A wonderful move involving Suarez and Suso results in Sahin shooting wide, with the Reds starting to look much more comfortable now on the ball.

Much like the start of the first half, it's all Liverpool, but Newcastle continue to defend well and they do look quite menacing on the counter attack.

Krul is drawn into action again as a curling effort from Suarez is parried wide for a corner. Taylor clears the delivery as Anita hacks away the second ball.

Santon cuts across the penalty box but runs into trouble when Skrtel steps in as the defender wins back possession for Liverpool.

Suarez is forced away from goal, with Enrique attempting another delivery that is much better this time, but it's met by the head of Coloccini anyway.

Suarez backs into Krul, and a promising attack ends with a Newcastle free-kick, the whistle blowing just as Agger was presented with an open goal.

The free-kick comes in from Cabaye, and it's Coloccini in the end who attempts a half-volley from a tricky position which lands some way over.

Gerrard fumes as Cisse is hacked down by Sterling, with a discussion taking place that results in the latter being reprimanded by the referee.

A delivery from Gerrard sees Agger arriving at the far post but he agonisingly fails to make contact as Krul calmly sees it out of play.

Ba trotts off after a disappointing shift, with Sammy Ameobi the man taking his place.

Good work from Sterling near the byline as the Liverpool wins his side a corner. It's played short but Simpson anticipates and makes the tackle on Suarez.

Suarez nips the ball round Coloccini but Taylor sweeps in to rid the danger after good work initially from Allen.

Liverpool restart the match, with a section of the fans left wet during the break after a rather comical sprinkler malfunction.

Gary Constantine writes: "It's sad that some folk think Gerrard is "past it" when he's still amongst the most skilled and athletic players in world football. I feel for him at LFC because he deserves more and this team is one in transition that may, or may not, yet work. The simple truth is that LFC were cautious in the last transfer window, reluctant to build in past mistakes and exacerbate costly errors. I think they'll buy reasonably priced quality in January to add to the attack but I tend to think that any major signs of restructure will only occur next summer, and that will be influenced by our final position at the end of this season. LFC show quality all over the park but fluctuate between dithering in the final third and looking for that additional player who can finish, but that sadly hasn't actually arrived yet! 2-1 Newcastle I reckon."

A tremendous strike from Cabaye is the difference at the break. Send your second half predictions to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or tweet @JWoodfield365

HALF TIME. Liverpool 0 Newcastle 1.

Allen is careless, and Newcastle pick up the ball looking for an opening in the final third, before good hussling sees them forced back into their own half.

Two minutes of injury time to be played.

Cabaye nearly scores a second as he catches Gerrard unaware, ignoring Ba and going for goal with a shot that swerve wide.

Ben Arfa sets up the goal after leaving Enrique in his wake, before crossing into the back post where Cabaye's simply exquisite finish gives Newcastle the lead!


A Liverpool corner results in Suso taking aim on the volley, but he stabs the ball over the bar. Admittedly it was a very difficult chance though.

Suarez makes progress up to the byline but plays a curious cross that lands near the corner flag with no team-mate anywhere near.

Gerrard looks to lop Krul with a free-kick from 40 yards out but Krul resumes a good position as he watches the ball sail over anyway.

A scrappy passage of play leaves both teams frustrated, before Allen gets the ball and his pass to Sterling sees him floored by Cabaye.

Ben Arfa battles with Enrique, who ends up triumphant as he leads Liverpool forward. Suarez's skill continues the move, but Gerrard can't find Sahin and Krul clears.

Simpson goes for the one-two with Cabaye, but Allen shows great anticipation to read the return ball and cut out Newcastle's attack down the right.

Sterling plays in Enrique, but not the first time today his cross is dreadful and Newcastle earn a respite as Cabaye takes control.

Santon makes strides forward but is crowded out by Liverpool bodies. As Suarez picks up the ball on the attack, he is far too selfish in taking on the whole Newcastle defence when Sterling and Sahin were in space.

Ba is nearly given a rare touch of the ball, but a delivery over the top is dealt with well by Skrtel, who takes a knock to the face in the process.

Newcastle continue to defend well as Ben Arfa storms away to lessen the danger and draws a naive challenge from Suso.

Skrtel plays an extraordinary ball out to Enrique, whose initial cross is poor before Gerrard's persistence wins his side a corner.

Newcastle's forwards are having no luck at the moment as Cisse looks to break but takes a clattering from Allen. From the free-kick, Taylor is caught offside after winning a header.

Suarez beats Taylor at the far post but his header from Gerrard's ball doesn't carry any power and floats wide.

Enrique crosses in but Taylor calmly clears away as Liverpool begin to take a firmer charge of possession in Newcastle's half.

Perch still looks to be hobbling after that injury, and indeed his game is over as Simpson replaces him.

Perch hobbles back on to the pitch, before Sahin clashes with Gutierrez and Newcastle are awarded a free-kick.

Perch appears to have taken a knock, and play halts momentarily as he is attended to by medics.

Suarez turns away from Perch superbly, but a mix-up with Sahin ends up with the latter deflecting the goal out of play for a Newcastle goal kick.

Ba is penalised for backing into Skrtel, and as Liverpool look to counter, Taylor makes a timely tackle on Suarez to concede a corner.

Krul is called into action after a mazy run from Suarez results in a fierce shot coming in that the Newcastle keeper parries away well at the near post.

Suarez's effort is impressive, swerving frantically towards the near post but it clips only the side netting as Newcastle fans breathe easier.

Suarez charges forward and Perch lunges in, catching Suarez as well as the ball and Liverpool have a free-kick in a dangerous position.

Enrique carelessly passes straight to Cabaye, but Cisse is marshalled well by Wisdom after trying to break down the left.

Newcastle probe the Liverpool penalty box, but after good work from Gutierrez, Anita can only find Skrtel and the Liverpool defender clears.

Sahin is penalised for a trip on Allen, conceding a free-kick and possession as Newcastle start to settle on the Anfield turf.

Ba specualtively drills an effort from range but it continues to rise and Jones sees it comfortably sail over.

Wisdom displays divine skill to knock the ball past Gutierrez, but Newcastle win back posssession as Cabaye steps in on Allen.

Newcastle play their way out a crowded midfield, but Cisse looks for Ben Arfa with a heavy ball down the right and the Newcastle man fails to retrieve it.

Sterling has a pop from 25 yards, but his curling effort ends up drifting wide of goal, after a nice link-up initially with Gerrard.

A miscommunication between Sahin and Sterling sees a move break down, but the Liverpool fans will be more than satisfied with the efforts of their team so far.

Suarez looks for Sterling but plays a poor through ball into the path of Taylor who calmly leads Newcastle away.

Krul is at full stretch to palm away the delivery - with Newcastle firmly on the back foot in these early stages.

Gerrard has started excellently, displaying a lovely deft flick to Suso, the forward coming in from the left and earning a corner with a deflected shot.

Suso finds Wisdom sublimely, before the full-back loses his composure at the vital time and blazes a cross into the stand.

Suarez takes a tumble under Colocicini in the box and the referee is quite rightly having none of it as play continues.

A battle for the ball ensures from a short corner, with Gerrard tackling Ben Arfa to regain control. Suarez ends up losing possession though after a good tackle from Perch.

Krul punches away Gerrard's delivery but Liverpool resume possession and look threatening, with Sterling winning a corner off Coloccini.

Gerrard attempts a spectucularly ambitious drive from range, which clips the back of Anita, before the Newcastle man floors Sterling and concedes a free-kick 20 yards from goal.

Newcastle get the game underway.

Sky Bet punters are ploughing into Newcastle at 15/4 with little faith shown in Liverpool at 8/13. Demba Ba's passed fitness test has seemingly prompted expectations of the Magpies picking up all three points, with plenty backing the league's leading scorer to open the scoring at 7/1.

Jem Sharp writes: "Liverpool being a mid-table side at best are a bit of a one track pony these days with Gerrard being past it and other players not up to scratch. They need Suarez to perform and nick one or two otherwise this hard working Newcastle side will keep them at bay quite easily. If Newcastle perform from the off (unlike against Man Utd and Chelsea) I can see them winning 2 or 3-1."

After a couple of e-mails asking who the referee is today, I can reveal that it is the one and only Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

Newcastle fan George tweets: "For the first time since 1994 I can see Newcastle winning at Anfield. I'm going for a 3-1 win to Newcastle."

Steven Cooke writes: "Great game in prospect, rarely has this fixture thrown up not only a scoreless game but an uneventful meeting, looking forward to it with enormous anticipation - I feel a 2-1 score line to Liverpool sounds about right."

Newcastle team: Krul; Anita, S Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Ben Arfa, Perch, Cabaye, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse. Subs: Harper, Williamson, Ferguson, Bigirimana, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.

Liverpool team: Newcastle: Jones; Wisdom, Agger, Skrtel, Enrique; Sahin, Gerrard, Allen, Suso; Sterling, Suarez. Subs: Gulacsi, Henderson, Assaidi, Carragher, Shelvey, Downing, Coates.

Good afternoon and welcome to the Premier League clash between Liverpool v Newcastle at Anfeld. Team news will appear here soon, if you'd like to drop me a line today you can send an e-mail to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or tweet @JWoodfield365 and I'll publish the best messages.

Kick-off is at 1600 GMT.

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