A scrimmage on the touchline, a ruckus in the stands and something between early-season relief and ecstasy for those sprawling in red celebration on the turf. It already looks like a huge moment in the Liverpool campaign.
Failing to win this game would have left Liverpool seven points behind Manchester City. If Manchester United took anything from Leicester tonight, Jurgen Klopp’s side would have been in the bottom half of the Premier League. They deserved to be there too, as their football was strangely banal.
But with 98 minutes on the clock, Liverpool substitute Fabio Carvalho scored from below the bar after an almighty run from a corner and the home side secured a win that could yet propel them to the top. In an instant they moved from ninth to fifth and will head into Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Everton in better spirits.
That things spilled over between the members of the respective coaching teams was no surprise. Newcastle, as they had played in the lead thanks to Alexander Isak’s opening goal in the first half, had also lost time in the second half to the extreme once Roberto Firmino equalized for Liverpool just after the game. hour of play.
Fabio Carvalho, who turned just 20 on Tuesday, won the game for Liverpool eight minutes into stoppage time at Anfield
Carvalho (left) reacted fastest at the back post as his final effort fired over the crossbar and past Nick Pope
Carvalho’s winner came just a day after his 20th birthday and sparked a throw-in scrum between the two benches at Anfield
This is why referee Andre Marriner had let the game reach the eighth minute of added time when only five had been signaled. Those who complained about this clearly didn’t watch the game properly. As the Newcastle players – including goalkeeper Nick Pope – continued to drop and stay on the ground, referee Marriner took notice and added the extra minutes. In doing so, Marriner set an example for other match officials.
It was still a terribly overlooked goal. Klopp called him ‘perfect’ and it was easy to see what he meant. There will have been few uglier things at Anfield over the years, although it will have meant the world for the 20-year-old Liverpool replacement who already looks like a real asset following his summer signing from Fulham.
A corner from the other side at Anfield Road End was to be the last play of the game. Newcastle had defended very well all night and all they had to do was deal with one final bump in the box. But when James Milner’s corner was hit by Joe Gomez, a period of far post chaos ensued before Carvalho’s instinctive shot hit the underside of the bar and entered.
Eddie Howe’s side saw their four-game unbeaten run end in defeat as they succumbed to a spectacular late winner
Jurgen Klopp and his team couldn’t contain their joy after the late drama, which came after a heated contest
The Newcastle players left the field looking like those who had lost a cup final. It was understandable. They had put a lot into it and the lead they held at half-time was deserved. Liverpool, flat and out of ideas, failed to get a shot on target as Newcastle scored a great goal.
Isak, a Sweden international, was only cleared by the Home Office to play at lunchtime but fit in perfectly with a Newcastle squad that lacked other attacking players.
His goal has its roots in defensive errors and Liverpool are no stranger to those at the moment. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross pass was hit straight past Joe Willock in the 39th minute and as Newcastle built up their right side, a heavy touch from Jordan Henderson then gave Sean Longstaff the chance to play a neat ball through a Liverpool’s defensive line which was far from straight.
The dramatic victory gives Liverpool their eighth victory in 12 meetings between the two sides and puts them fifth in the table.
Liverpool lost several corners throughout the game but succeeded with their 13th and final as Carvalho scored through the bar
Isak had a lot to do as Alisson, the Liverpool goalkeeper, had anticipated the move and advanced quickly. Isak’s right-footed shot was hit fair, however, and flew high towards the goal.
The big striker’s move troubled Liverpool all night. It will be interesting to see how dangerous he becomes when another attacking player, Allan Saint-Maximin, returns to form.
In the second half he had the ball in the Liverpool net again after bursting down the left and leaving Andrew Robertson and Joe Gomez on their backs with an inside turn. Ruled offside, the call was shown by VAR as hopelessly close.
Roberto Firmino scored his 101st goal for Liverpool to level the hosts after half-time
The Magpies had defended resolutely in the second half before the heartbreaking late winner through Carvalho
Alexander Isak had opened the scoring in the first half on his debut for Newcastle with a well conceded goal that flew past Alisson
Had that goal been achieved, Liverpool might not have found their way back. Firmino’s goal came shortly after and was nice as the Brazilian side clipped Mo Salah’s foot through Pope and into the far corner with his right instep.
But despite Newcastle coming under late pressure, they didn’t particularly work Pope. The Newcastle keeper, having a good season, hit a shot from Luis Diaz then lined up a volley from the same player. Midfielder Fabinho also hit a shot over the top.
A third league draw in five games for Liverpool looked likely as time ticked away. However, there must have been a few more than we thought and it was this, more than anything, that ultimately defeated Newcastle.
The 20-year-old Swede was denied a second after half-time following an extremely tight offside.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson 6; Alexander-Arnold 5.5 (Carvalho 71min, 6), Gomez 6, Van Dijk 5.5, Robertson 6 (Tsimikas 71, 6); Elliott 7, Fabinho 6, Henderson 6 (Milner 71, 6); Salah 6, Firmino 6.5, Diaz 6.
Scorers: Firmino 61, Carvalho 90+8.
Administrator: Jürgen Klopp 5.5.
NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-5-1): Pope 6.5; Trippier 6, Lascelles 7, Burn 7, Targett 6; Almiron 6.5 (Anderson 84), Willock 7, S Longstaff 6.5, Joelinton 6.5, Fraser 6 (Murphy 64, 6); Isak 8 (Wood 64, 6).
Scorer: Isaac 38.
Reserve: Lascelles, Trippier.
Administrator: Eddie Howe 7. Referee: Andre Marriner 6.
Fabio Carvalho’s 98th-minute goal snatches victory after goals from Roberto Firmino and Alexander Isak