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  • Date:30 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:44,372
  • Bellamy (29) Bellamy (28)
    Bellamy (66) Gerrard (77)
  • Daniel Agger - og (24) Daniel Agger - og (24)

Live Commentary

92:59 +2.59

Shot by Stewart Downing from a long way out goes over the target.


Glen Johnson has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.


Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance by Mike Williamson.


Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.


Sammy Ameobi is brought on as a substitute for Gabriel Obertan.


The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, comfortable save by Tim Krul.


Foul by Andy Carroll on Cheick Tiote, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Cheick Tiote.


Effort from the edge of the area by Glen Johnson goes wide of the left-hand upright.


Stewart Downing produces a cross, Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Skrtel on Demba Ba. Free kick crossed by Yohan Cabaye, clearance by Dirk Kuyt.


Steven Gerrard finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle.Assist on the goal came from Jordan Henderson.


Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Danny Simpson.


Steven Gerrard crosses the ball.


Dirk Kuyt comes on in place of Craig Bellamy.


The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, Andy Carroll takes a shot.


Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.


Foul by Jonas Gutierrez on Stewart Downing, free kick awarded. Stewart Downing restarts play with the free kick.


Demba Ba takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.


Craig Bellamy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.


Cheick Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Agger. Craig Bellamy finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle.Daniel Agger provided the assist for the goal.


Hatem Ben Arfa comes on in place of Haris Vuckic.


Centre by Steven Gerrard.


The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard.


A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance made by Daniel Agger.


Steven Gerrard replaces Charlie Adam.


Jay Spearing gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Haris Vuckic. Yohan Cabaye has an effort direct from the free kick.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Demba Ba. Jay Spearing restarts play with the free kick.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Craig Bellamy. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.


Davide Santon concedes a free kick for a foul on Stewart Downing. Craig Bellamy crosses the ball in from the free kick, free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Carroll on Mike Williamson. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.


Stewart Downing takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.

48:06 +3.06

Yohan Cabaye produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.


The ball is swung over by Haris Vuckic, Craig Bellamy manages to make a clearance.

46:23 +1.23

Haris Vuckic concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.


Inswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy, Martin Skrtel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.

45:41 +0.41

Centre by Craig Bellamy.


Craig Bellamy crosses the ball, Mike Williamson gets a block in.

45:21 +0.21

Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line to the near post, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.

45:09 +0.09

Jay Spearing takes a shot. Cheick Tiote gets a block in.


Davide Santon replaces Ryan Taylor.


The ball is crossed by Sanchez Jose Enrique. The assistant referee flags for offside against Stewart Downing. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.


Glen Johnson produces a cross, clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.


Centre by Stewart Downing, clearance by Haris Vuckic.


Stewart Downing decides to take a short corner.


The ball is crossed by Daniel Agger, clearance by Ryan Taylor.


The ball is sent over by Craig Bellamy, Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.


Effort on goal by Haris Vuckic from long range goes over the crossbar.


Demba Ba challenges Jay Spearing unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.


Jordan Henderson produces a cross, clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.


Stewart Downing fouled by Ryan Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Taylor goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Glen Johnson.


Yohan Cabaye concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.


Cheick Tiote fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Cheick Tiote.


Corner taken by Craig Bellamy played to the near post, Close range headed effort by Martin Skrtel misses to the right of the goal.


Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheick Tiote. Tim Krul takes the free kick.


Danny Simpson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Bellamy. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Bellamy, clearance by Mike Williamson. Stewart Downing takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.


Assist on the goal came from Charlie Adam.


Craig Bellamy scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-1 Newcastle.


The ball is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance made by Ryan Taylor. A cross is delivered by Daniel Agger, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.


Yohan Cabaye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Spearing. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.


Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, Haris Vuckic manages to make a clearance.


Jonas Gutierrez goes into the book.


Jonas Gutierrez challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Adam crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, blocked by Jonas Gutierrez.


The ball is swung over by Ryan Taylor, Yohan Cabaye takes a shot. Daniel Agger heads into his own net. Liverpool 0-1 Newcastle.Assist by Yohan Cabaye. Daniel Agger gets a block in.


The ball is delivered by Danny Simpson, clearance made by Glen Johnson.


Centre by Demba Ba, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.


Stewart Downing delivers the ball, save by Tim Krul.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Ryan Taylor. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.


Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.


Effort on goal by Charlie Adam from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.


Andy Carroll takes a shot. Craig Bellamy gets a block in.


A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Cheick Tiote.


Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique.


The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.


The ball is crossed by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance made by Ryan Taylor.


Shot from long range by Daniel Agger misses to the right of the target.


The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.


Fabricio Coloccini delivers the ball, Glen Johnson makes a clearance.


Corner taken by Stewart Downing, Haris Vuckic makes a clearance.


The ball is delivered by Daniel Agger.


Centre by Craig Bellamy, clearance by Mike Williamson.


The offside flag is raised against Craig Bellamy. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Dalglish won't change Reds' philosophy Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has not been tempted to try something out of the ordinary in an attempt to rouse his side from their goalscoring slumbers. The Reds have scored just 21 goals in 17 Barclays Premier League matches and that has cost them dear, particularly at Anfield where they have drawn six of nine matches. Even bottom side Blackburn left with a point on Boxing Day despite having just one shot on target, conceding masses of possession and relying on Charlie Adam to score an own goal to put them in front. They will be tested again at home to Newcastle, but the Reds boss will send out his players with exactly the same instructions as before. "If you want to be really positive you could say we are undefeated at home but we've said before we don't want to set our standards that low," the Scot said. "We want to be winning our home games as often as we possibly can and we've certainly given ourselves opportunities to have won every home game. "We haven't done that but we will keep going and we believe we will do. "I suppose every change you make can be termed drastic; we have changed formations, we've changed players, but the one thing we won't change is our philosophy so we'll keep going with that. "I am sure confidence plays a huge part in everything that you do so there will be some people more confident in front of goal than others. "But there is nothing a goal for any individual - and the team - wouldn't help. "They have been really strong so far in the fact they have got in there and continue to do so. "The other night there were 27 chances, which is massive. We'll keep plugging away there. We just need the Kop to blow one in for us or the goalkeeper to throw one in." They face Newcastle, just a point below them, without striker Luis Suarez as he serves a one-match ban, but are likely to have captain Steven Gerrard in the squad again. Meanwhile, Alan Pardew will travel confident Newcastle have made significant progress since he first went into battle with the Reds. Pardew stepped into the home dug-out at the then St James' Park for the first time on December 11 last year with the club once again in turmoil in the wake of Chris Hughton's controversial dismissal. The fans were in open revolt after Hughton, the man who had guided the Magpies back to the Barclays Premier League, was summarily dispatched with his side making a fist of life in the top flight and replaced by, in the eyes of the most disgruntled locals at least, a new member of the so-called `Cockney Mafia' in control of the club. However, the players Pardew had inherited did him proud as they secured a 3-1 victory, and despite a transfer policy which has since seen four of the men who started that day - Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton - all leave, the curve has been largely upward ever since. The 50-year-old said: "The biggest progress we have is stability at the football club because the results and the way we have conducted ourselves here at the training ground have suggested that hopefully we can have a period where the manager stays in place and we can build the team. "We have brought young players to the club - Davide Santon, Haris Vuckic, Hatem Ben Arfa, people like that, young players who we can build on." Just as he did in his first match at the helm, Pardew will go into the game with a striker in form and causing people to sit up and take notice. Last year, it was Carroll who marked his rapid development with a superb long-range strike to seal victory with his 10th goal of the campaign. This time around, Carroll will be wearing the red of Liverpool having secured a #35million move just weeks later. The man who has assumed his mantle in the black and white stripes of Newcastle, free signing Demba Ba, has been a revelation, scoring his 14th goal of the campaign in the 2-0 Boxing Day victory at Bolton which ended a six-game wait for a league win. Pardew, who is bracing himself for the Senegal international's departure on African Nations Cup duty next month, said: "He's just one of those players who has everything, really, as a striker. "There's not much to his game that he hasn't got, and that stands you in good stead. When any chance comes your way, you are going to have a good armoury to get a goal."

Formation:442Manager: Kenny Dalglish


Formation: 442Manager: Alan Pardew


  • Jose Reina
  • Glen Johnson
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Daniel Agger
  • Sanchez Jose Enrique
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Jay Spearing
  • Charlie Adam
  • Stewart Downing
  • Andy Carroll
  • Craig Bellamy
  • SUBS
  • Alexander Doni
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Rodriguez Maxi
  • Dirk Kuyt
  • Jamie Carragher
  • Jonjo Shelvey
  • Martin Kelly



Match Report

Bellamy returns to haunt Toon Liverpool's record signing Andy Carroll may have not made his mark against his former club but ex-Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy more than made up for it with two goals in their 3-1 victory at Anfield. Another for Steven Gerrard on only his second appearance after two months out with an ankle infection ensured the Reds' struggles at home were banished. Kenny Dalglish's side had drawn four of the last five at Anfield, where they have dropped 12 points so far this season, and for an hour it appeared that run would continue. However, Bellamy - who had scored in the first half to cancel out Daniel Agger's own goal - curled home a free-kick and Gerrard made sure of victory with an angled shot. It was the first time Liverpool had scored three goals in a match since the August 27 win over Bolton. The night was supposed to be all about Carroll, who was given the role of main striker in the absence of the suspended Luis Suarez, but the big centre-forward again came up short. Playing as a lone front man he struggled for support, especially in the first half, and was often found out of position as he chased the ball. His best chance came in the latter stages of the match when he crashed a header against the crossbar from close range. But, fortunately for Carroll, Bellamy's eye for goal was a lot sharper to ensure Liverpool - undoubtedly helped by a 31-minute cameo from Gerrard - came from behind to win a match which looked like a struggle at times. The story of Liverpool's six home draws this season has been one of failing to take chances and the first one created in the 15th minute was a typical example. Former Magpies left-back Jose Enrique drilled a cross through the six-yard area but Stewart Downing was moving away from goal rather than towards it and the ball rolled to safety. Charlie Adam fired a 35-yard shot over while Downing drew Tim Krul into a save low at his left-hand post. Newcastle took the lead in odd circumstances in the 25th minute. Haris Vuckic was walking towards the bench having been hit in the face by Glen Johnson's clearance but Newcastle played on and when Ryan Taylor swung in a cross from the left the ball just missed Yohan Cabaye only for Agger to inadvertently divert it past Jose Reina under pressure from Demba Ba. However, within four minutes Liverpool were level through Bellamy. Cheick Tiote made a poor attempt at clearing Adam's cut-back from the right of the penalty area and Bellamy drive through a crowd of players from 16 yards. The home side picked up the tempo and Downing's volley was blocked by Jonas Gutierrez while Martin Skrtel flashed a header just wide of the far post from Bellamy's corner. Early in the second half Cabaye was lucky to escape punishment after catching Jay Spearing halfway up his shin with a late tackle. Gerrard replaced Adam just before the hour and the captain's first involvement was to whip in a near-post cross which almost picked out Carroll. When the England midfielder did find the unmarked striker in five yards of space in the penalty area the #35million signing's first touch let him down badly. Carroll played a decoy role in Liverpool's second goal but the decisive move came from Danny Simpson. As Bellamy lined up a 67th-minute free-kick the Newcastle defender decided to back-track to the goalline, allowing Carroll to advance towards Krul. When the set-piece came in Simpson got in the way of his goalkeeper and the ball crept between the two of them. However, Newcastle would have equalised three minutes later when Ba clipped a narrow-angle shot over Reina - only for Skrtel to clear just inches from the goalline. Despite Carroll's best efforts he seemed destined not to score when his header rebounded off the crossbar. Bellamy departed, with blood pouring from a cut above his left eye after a clash with Fabricio Coloccini, to be replaced by Dirk Kuyt for the final 16 minutes. Not to be outdone Gerrard popped up with a trademark third goal in the 77th minute when he ran from deep to collect Henderson's through-ball and side-foot an angled shot past Krul from the left of the penalty area. It capped an improved second-half performance and helped ease some of the frustration which had been building up at Anfield. After their bright start Newcastle have now won one in eight and manager Alan Pardew needs to arrest the slide.

Form Guide

  • Liverpool
  • VS
  • Newcastle

Last Meetings

  • Liverpool
  • 3 - 0
  • Newcastle
  • 01/05/2011
  • Newcastle
  • 3 - 1
  • Liverpool
  • 11/12/2010
  • Liverpool
  • 3 - 0
  • Newcastle
  • 03/05/2009
  • Newcastle
  • 1 - 5
  • Liverpool
  • 28/12/2008
  • Liverpool
  • 3 - 0
  • Newcastle
  • 08/03/2008
  • Newcastle
  • 0 - 3
  • Liverpool
  • 24/11/2007

Top Scorers


  • L Suarez 5
  • C Bellamy 2
  • RR Maxi 2
  • M Skrtel 2
  • A Carroll 2
  • S Gerrard 1
  • G Johnson 1
  • C Adam 1
  • J Henderson 1


  • D Ba 12
  • L Best 3
  • R Taylor 2
  • S Ameobi 1
  • JM Gutierrez 1
  • H Ben Arfa 1
  • Y Cabaye 1
  • D Gosling 1



    • Total goals 35
    • Goals per game 21
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 39
    • Goals per game 25
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins