skip to content
Joey Barton takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Glen Johnson. Corner taken short by Joey Barton. Joey Barton takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Raul Meireles.
Shane Ferguson replaces Sanchez Jose Enrique.
The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Jay Spearing makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Jonjo Shelvey manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line.
Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
Joe Cole replaces Luis Suarez.
Shot by Kevin Nolan from outside the box goes over the target.
Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball, Jose Reina makes a save.
Jonas Gutierrez concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson. Shola Ameobi leaves the field to be replaced by Shefki Kuqi. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Jonjo Shelvey replaces John Flanagan.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Carroll. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, blocked by Jay Spearing. Corner from the left by-line taken by Joey Barton, Jose Reina makes a save.
Glen Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Shola Ameobi. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
Shot from long distance by Cheik Tiote goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, Dirk Kuyt manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Suarez on Jonas Gutierrez. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, save by Jose Reina.
Jonas Gutierrez crosses the ball, Jay Spearing manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Danny Simpson.
Corner taken by Luis Suarez, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. Blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
Nile Ranger is brought on as a substitute for Peter Lovenkrands.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Suarez on Joey Barton. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Raul Meireles crosses the ball, save by Tim Krul.
The ball is swung over by John Flanagan, clearance by Danny Simpson.
Andrew Carroll comes on in place of Rodriguez Maxi.
Jamie Carragher is penalised for a handball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton.
Goal scored by Luis Suarez from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle.Assist on the goal came from Dirk Kuyt.
Cheik Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Kevin Nolan. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton from left channel, Jay Spearing makes a clearance.
Luis Suarez produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Rodriguez Maxi fouled by Cheik Tiote, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is sent over by Raul Meireles, Close range header by Dirk Kuyt misses to the right of the target.
The assist for the goal came from Luis Suarez.
Mike Williamson challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Mike Williamson goes into the book. Dirk Kuyt scores a placed penalty. Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle.
Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross, save made by Jose Reina.
Luis Suarez produces a cross.
The ball is delivered by Rodriguez Maxi. Jay Spearing delivers the ball, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
The official flags Luis Suarez offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Leiva Lucas concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Lovenkrands. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles, clearance by Joey Barton.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shola Ameobi on Jamie Carragher. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Dirk Kuyt. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Cheik Tiote shown a yellow card.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Blocked by Mike Williamson. Raul Meireles takes the outswinging corner, Joey Barton manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Shola Ameobi. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Raul Meireles on Joey Barton, free kick awarded. Sanchez Jose Enrique has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Rodriguez Maxi gets a block in. Corner from right by-line taken by Joey Barton.
Martin Skrtel challenges Peter Lovenkrands unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton, Leiva Lucas makes a clearance.
Leiva Lucas takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
Joey Barton takes a short corner. Shot on goal by Kevin Nolan from just inside the area goes over the target.
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by John Flanagan results in a free kick. Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line.
Jonas Gutierrez produces a cross, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance. Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by John Flanagan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Jay Spearing. Indirect free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Joey Barton, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Leiva Lucas manages to make a clearance.
John Flanagan challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee books John Flanagan for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joey Barton from left wing, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Kevin Nolan fouled by Dirk Kuyt, the ref awards a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
Jay Spearing takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher by Kevin Nolan. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
Danny Simpson sends in a cross, clearance by Jay Spearing.
Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick crossed by Joey Barton.
Glen Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Shola Ameobi. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson.
Rodriguez Maxi gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Newcastle.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Suarez on Cheik Tiote. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Effort from the edge of the area by Raul Meireles goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Reina. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Joey Barton, Jose Reina makes a save.
Carroll in fitness race
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is hopeful striker Andy Carroll will be fit to face former club Newcastle on Sunday.
The #35million club record signing, who left the Magpies in January, missed Saturday's victory over Birmingham with a knee injury but will be assessed over the weekend to see whether he has recovered.
Teenage full-back Jack Robinson came off with cramp against Blues but is fit to retain his place in the starting line-up.
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina is confident the improvements made under Dalglish will continue to be made next season and that bodes well for his own future.
There has been much speculation about the Spain international, with reports suggesting he was likely to be next big star out of the door after compatriot Fernando Torres' departure to Chelsea in January.
It seemed an entirely possible outcome during the turbulent six-month tenure of Roy Hodgson, during which time the 28-year-old admitted he feared the club's form was so bad they would not even be contending for a European place at the end of the season.
However, the remarkable turnaround under Dalglish, plus the renewed optimism provided by Fenway Sports Group's sanctioning of the signings of Carroll and Luis Suarez with the #50million proceeds of the Torres sale - and the promise of more to come - has given Reina a different perspective.
Now he is looking forward to the rebuilding of the squad as they bid to regain their Champions League status and ultimately become Barclays Premier League title challengers again.
Reina was one of the senior players who, prior to FSG's purchase of the club, publicly called for significant investment in the playing staff.
Under previous owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett that was merely a pipe dream but it seems Reina will now get his wish and that may be all that is required to quash talk of a summer exit.
"I definitely could not see (Europe) it five or six months ago," said the goalkeeper.
"But we kept fighting and turned the situation around. Now we need to do more to be even higher.
"It is down to all of us. Kenny Dalglish, Steve Clarke (the coach appointed when Dalglish took over), Sammy Lee (assistant manager) and all the staff have done a great job from January onwards.
"I think we want to grow and we have to grow. The owners and the people in command of the `boat' see we have to bring in some players.
"We have to be right in those transfers and the players that we already have can be important for the new project.
"I'm very optimistic and I believe we are going to be better."
Goalkeeper Steve Harper returns to the Newcastle squad.
The 36-year-old, who has missed the last two games, will travel to Anfield, although whether or not he replaces deputy Tim Krul remains to be seen.
Skipper Kevin Nolan has recovered from a slight muscle strain, but loan signing Stephen Ireland has been ruled out for the rest of the season by an ankle injury after making just two appearances as a substitute.
Hatem Ben Arfa continues his rehabilitation after returning to training from a double leg fracture, but Danny Guthrie (shin), Leon Best (ankle), Dan Gosling (knee) and Alan Smith (ankle) remain on the sidelines.
Cheick Tiote is targeting a charge towards the upper reaches of the Premier League table next season after helping to steer Newcastle to the brink of safety.
The 24-year-old midfielder has been a key figure in the Magpies' bid to secure their top-flight status and they head for Liverpool with 41 points already banked to rubber-stamp their place for the new campaign.
However, having announced himself in the English game in some style, the former FC Twente enforcer is looking for bigger things next time around.
Tiote said: "My dream is for next season to play for the top four or five.
"But if we want to compete against top teams like Manchester United, we need to buy some new players, some good players, to be able to do that."
Reds up to fifth
Goals continue to flow at Anfield under Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool strengthened their claim for European football next season with a 3-0 victory over Newcastle.
The Reds, who have scored 14 in their last three home matches, moved above Tottenham into fifth place having rarely been troubled by the Magpies.
Dirk Kuyt's eighth in his last seven Barclays Premier League matches was sandwiched between another for Maxi Rodriguez, who hit a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Birmingham last week, and one for the impressive Luis Suarez.
Only a goal for Andy Carroll, the subject of incessant abuse from the travelling fans, against his former club would have capped off the performance.
The #35million striker came on for the final 20 minutes but made little impact save for increasing the vitriol from the large away contingent.
Their anger at the way Carroll left them in January, with the club claiming he handed in a transfer request when made aware of Liverpool's interest, was understandable but he was never going to be a major player in this game having missed last week's victory with a knee injury.
The man who was the main reason Newcastle's record of just two wins at Anfield in their last 39 visits was not improved was Suarez.
Carroll's fellow deadline day signing has made a much greater impression and his inventiveness and workrate were a constant problem to the Magpies.
But it took even him a long while to get things going as, having played their best football of the season in demolishing Birmingham, the first half failed to reach anywhere near those heights despite taking a 10th-minute lead.
Raul Meireles had already bundled a shot wide from a cross by Glen Johnson, returning at left-back after a three-match absence with a hamstring injury, before the hosts went ahead.
Even then they required a slice of luck. Teenager John Flanagan's deep cross was only half headed clear by Mike Williamson and Rodriguez's follow-up volley took a big deflection off Danny Simpson.
It went downhill from there for Dalglish's side as they conceded too much territory to their opponents, who enjoyed a sustained period of possession without really threatening.
It was briefly broken by Jay Spearing's dipping shot, which Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul claimed at the second attempt with Meireles bearing down on him.
The home side were fortunate, however, that for all their time on the ball Newcastle struggled to carve out a decent opportunity.
Liverpool-born midfielder Joey Barton was the Magpies' main culprit as his delivery from set-pieces was poor.
The one time he did put a free-kick into a dangerous area Johnson headed behind for a corner, from which Kevin Nolan subsequently ballooned a shot over.
Liverpool's only other chance of the half saw Lucas Leiva's looping header easily caught by Krul, while Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique, a summer target for the Reds, had the final opportunity with a free-kick deflected behind off the wall.
For the second half Liverpool's full-backs switched sides, with Flanagan having been given a difficult time by Jonas Gutierrez.
But the youngster was almost caught napping within seconds of the restart as Nolan's low cross was side-footed wide by Barton at the far post.
Luck was certainly on Liverpool's side as Suarez almost scored with a deflected shot which hit the side netting and Rodriguez hit the crossbar as he tried to centre from the left.
There was a hint of fortune about Liverpool's 59th-minute second when Suarez isolated Williamson wide on the left from Jose Reina's kick and was sent tumbling by the defender right on the edge of the penalty area close to the byline.
Referee Peter Walton, who had frustrated the home crowd with a number of decisions, had no hesitation in pointing to the spot to allow Kuyt to score.
The Holland international should have doubled his tally with a free header seven yards out minutes later but missed the target.
Suarez made no such mistake in the 65th minute when he exchanged passes with Kuyt to sidefoot under Krul from 10 yards.
With the game safe Dalglish sent on Carroll for Rodriguez with 20 minutes to go, just before Meireles' diving header was deflected behind by Fabricio Coloccini.
Carroll barely touched the ball as his side ran out comfortable winners and, despite having played one match more than Tottenham, Liverpool are strong contenders to take the Europa League berth.
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk