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Andrew Carroll fouled by Paul Konchesky, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Smith restarts play with the free kick.
(Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Wayne Routledge coming on for Joey Barton.
Shot by Raul Meireles from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
Andrew Carroll grabs a goal from outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 3-1 Liverpool.Assist by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Glen Johnson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Alan Smith is brought on as a substitute for Kevin Nolan.
Rodriguez Maxi leaves the field to be replaced by Milan Jovanovic.
Leiva Lucas fouled by Andrew Carroll, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Taylor. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Raul Meireles, Andrew Carroll makes a clearance.
Cheik Tiote goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres. Raul Meireles takes the direct free kick.
Danny Simpson fouled by Ryan Babel, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Joey Barton fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 2-1 Liverpool.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Leiva Lucas takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Jonas Gutierrez receives a caution. Foul by Jonas Gutierrez on Glen Johnson, free kick awarded. Raul Meireles delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Dirk Kuyt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joey Barton from left wing.
Effort on goal by Cheik Tiote from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Carroll on Glen Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Nile Ranger. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan Babel on for David Ngog. Free kick awarded for a foul by Dirk Kuyt on Cheik Tiote. Steven Taylor takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Leiva Lucas. Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Jose Reina.
Nile Ranger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball, Paul Konchesky makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Dirk Kuyt. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
The ball is swung over by Nile Ranger, save by Jose Reina.
Effort from deep inside the area by Nile Ranger misses to the right of the target.
Nile Ranger replaces Shola Ameobi.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Fernando Torres. Sol Campbell takes the free kick.
Fernando Torres produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
The ball is swung over by Joey Barton, Header from deep inside the area by Andrew Carroll goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Shola Ameobi is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Centre by Dirk Kuyt, David Ngog takes a shot.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Leiva Lucas. Free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton.
Dirk Kuyt scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool.
Joey Barton challenges Sotirios Kyrgiakos unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sotirios Kyrgiakos restarts play with the free kick.
Joey Barton produces a cross, Jose Reina makes a save.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Raul Meireles, Header from close range by Sotirios Kyrgiakos misses to the right of the target.
The ball is sent over by Paul Konchesky, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Ngog on Steven Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Leiva Lucas. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by David Ngog.
Shola Ameobi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sotirios Kyrgiakos on Andrew Carroll. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt. Sotirios Kyrgiakos restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Konchesky delivers the ball, clearance by Steven Taylor.
Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sotirios Kyrgiakos by Andrew Carroll. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Raul Meireles.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Carroll on Raul Meireles. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the direct free kick.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. Clearance by Steven Taylor.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles, clearance by Andrew Carroll.
David Ngog takes a shot. Blocked by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by David Ngog from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Sol Campbell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres. Fernando Torres has an effort direct from the free kick.
Steven Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Raul Meireles. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.
Rodriguez Maxi has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Glen Johnson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Glen Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick crossed by Joey Barton, save by Jose Reina.
Glen Johnson fouled by Shola Ameobi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
Kevin Nolan finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Liverpool.Assist on the goal came from Andrew Carroll.
Andrew Carroll fouled by Sotirios Kyrgiakos, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Corner taken by Raul Meireles from the right by-line.
The ball is crossed by Kevin Nolan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos manages to make a clearance.
David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Simpson. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
Sanchez Jose Enrique challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Raul Meireles delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Danny Simpson.
Leiva Lucas fouled by Kevin Nolan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
Fernando Torres is ruled offside. Sol Campbell takes the indirect free kick.
Andrew Carroll concedes a free kick for a foul on Raul Meireles. Free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
The referee blows for offside against Shola Ameobi. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, save by Jose Reina.
Effort from just outside the area by Rodriguez Maxi goes over the bar.
Foul by Cheik Tiote on Rodriguez Maxi, free kick awarded. Martin Skrtel takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
The referee gets the second half started.
The game gets underway.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
Pardew monitoring Barton fitness
New Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will hope for a major fitness boost as he prepares for his first game in charge against Liverpool.
Midfielder Joey Barton missed last weekend's 3-1 defeat at West Brom with a slight groin injury which delayed his return from a three-match ban, while skipper Kevin Nolan is expected to be fit following the ankle problem which has sidelined him for the last two games.
Danny Guthrie was stretchered off at the Hawthorns with an ankle injury, but the damage is not as serious as was first feared and he could yet retain his place in the squad.
Steve Harper played a reserve-team game in midweek on his return from shoulder surgery and is continuing his quest for full fitness, and Leon Best (ankle) is also on the comeback trail.
But Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson serve the final leg of their own three-match bans and Dan Gosling (knee), Ryan Taylor (ankle ligaments) Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) are still out.
Meanwhile, Pardew insists he fully understood the responsibility he took on when he accepted the Newcastle job.
Chris Hughton's sacking on Monday has re-opened the wounds for fans who have spent much of Mike Ashley's three-and-a-half year reign railing against the way he has run the club.
His transfer policy, Kevin Keegan's treatment, the decision to sell the naming rights to St James' Park and Alan Shearer's second coming, which was quickly followed by his second departure in the wake of relegation from the Barclays Premier League, have all prompted furious responses.
But the reaction to Hughton's dismissal after leading the club through straitened times back into the top flight and, most notably, to a 5-1 thrashing of derby rivals Sunderland, has been as ferocious as anything the sportswear magnate has experienced to date.
It may have little effect on the famously thick-skinned Ashley, but Pardew finds himself in the unenviable position of having to placate players and supporters alike while at the same time dealing in the hard currency of Premier League points.
However, it is a challenge he readily accepted and one he is determined to overcome.
Pardew said: "The attraction of a club like this is the love the fans have for the club. At West Ham, it was a similar kind of love.
"It is passionate, almost bordering on religious, and you have to understand that.
"We carry a huge responsibility, the management team and the playing staff, to try to fulfil that criterion.
"It's a pressure and you have to perform every week, so I am hoping we can play a brand of football and in a style that the fans enjoy and love, and get them behind the team.
"Hopefully, that will start on Saturday."
Striker Fernando Torres returns to Liverpool's starting line-up for the game.
The Spain international missed Monday's victory over Aston Villa to be at the birth of his second child but comes straight back into the team, with Ryan Babel most likely to make way.
Captain Steven Gerrard is still a week away from making his comeback from a hamstring injury, so manager Roy Hodgson is likely to retain all but one of the side who comfortably beat Villa.
Hodgson believes the confidence within the club is typified by the performances of the likes of Maxi Rodriguez and Lucas.
The pair have not always been the most celebrated of players at Anfield but both have been heavily involved in the team's recent recovery from a poor start to the season.
Lucas, mainly because he attracted so much criticism in his first three seasons, has won many plaudits but Rodriguez, who has found a home on the left of midfield, is enjoying his best spell since arriving from Atletico Madrid in January.
Hodgson has been mightily impressed by the contribution made by the diminutive Argentina international, who in his first five months often allowed the game to pass him by.
"People have not spoken much about Maxi but he has been a revelation," he said.
"He is a bit of an unsung hero at the moment, he's not getting a lot of credit but he's doing a great job at the moment.
"He has taken on board the work we have tried to do and embraced the role I have given him and interpreted it so well both offensively and defensively.
"Suggestions that he goes missing in a game are very harsh and I can produce statistics to prove he doesn't go missing.
"His positional play is very good, his technical ability is very good and, at the moment, with three goals he is right up there."
Pardew starts with a win
Andy Carroll and Joey Barton combined to hand Alan Pardew a winning start to his Newcastle reign as jeers turned to cheers following a 3-1 victory over Liverpool at St James' Park.
The 21-year-old England international Carroll's 10th goal of the season cemented a priceless victory for the Magpies after Barton's 80th-minute strike had restored their lead.
Skipper Kevin Nolan, like Barton a native Liverpudlian, had got the Magpies off to the perfect start with a 15th-minute opener, but Dirk Kuyt looked to have snatched a point for the visitors when his 50th-minute shot was deflected past keeper Tim Krul by the unfortunate Steven Taylor.
Many of the crowd of 50,137 had arrived determined to voice their fury at owner Mike Ashley's decision to sack Chris Hughton, and they did just that.
However, they left delighted with what they had seen as Pardew's charges responded in the only fashion they could.
As traumatic weeks go - and Newcastle have had a few in recent times - the last one on Tyneside has been right up there with the most trying, and there was a rebellious air around St James' once again in the run-up to kick-off.
The Toon Army made their feelings abundantly clear outside the stadium before the game, and they did so in greater numbers once it was under way.
There were repeated choruses of "Stand up if you hate Ashley", "Get out of our club" and "There's only one Chris Hughton" among some less savoury offerings, while one banner read simply, "Thank you, Chris".
Indeed, as Pardew made his way to the dug-out for the first time, he did so almost unnoticed.
But both he and Ashley, sitting alongside managing director Derek Llambias, were on their feet within 15 minutes as the focus turned to what was happening on the pitch rather than off it.
The opening goal may have been fashioned on Merseyside, but it did not go to the men in red as two Scousers combined to open the door.
Barton's free-kick was floated perfectly to the far post for Carroll to win a muscular challenge with Sotirios Kyrgiakos and head down for Nolan to fire home his eighth of the season from close range.
The sense of unity fostered by Hughton during his tenure was there for all to see as Nolan was mobbed by his team-mates with the Toon Army celebrating.
Krul had earlier had to palm away a Kyrgiakos snapshot after referee Lee Mason, whose display was at times mystifying, awarded the visitors a soft free-kick for Jose Enrique's challenge on Glen Johnson.
But in an open encounter, both goalkeepers had to remain alert throughout with Liverpool moving the ball well in an attempt to create space for the returning Fernando Torres, while Newcastle relied largely upon the physical presence of Carroll and strike partner Shola Ameobi.
The pair combined to great effect on the half hour when Carroll blasted in a low drive from Ameobi's lay-off which forced Jose Reina into a smart save, and the latter saw a 36th-minute effort fly just wide after it clipped Martin Skrtel's heels with the keeper already committed.
Enrique had been in the right place at the right time to keep out Raul Meireles' shot after it had been deflected towards goal by David Ngog, and Kyrgiakos headed a Meireles corner across the face of goal in first-half injury time with Liverpool making a big push.
That trend continued after the restart and the visitors were level within five minutes, thanks in part to a slice of good fortune.
Kuyt did well to trick his way past Sol Campbell, but his shot was deflected past Krul by the unwitting Taylor and crept inside the far post.
Liverpool flexed their muscles and could have taken the lead twice within a few seconds as Torres first headed straight at Krul and then failed to beat him one-on-one after getting in behind a ragged home defence.
However, the Magpies responded and went close themselves when Barton crossed from the left for Carroll to dive in and head over as the ball dropped just over Skrtel's head.
Substitute Nile Ranger, on for the injured Ameobi, nearly announced his arrival in style when he ran on to Carroll's 64th-minute knockdown and eased Skrtel off the ball, but his shot from a tight angle flew wide of the far post.
But the Magpies took the lead once again with 10 minutes remaining when Carroll and Ranger both helped on Krul's clearance and Barton stole in to snatch all three points.
The stage was set for a nervy conclusion, but Carroll prompted a collective sigh of relief when he crashed home a superb left-footed strike from 25 yards to wrap up a vital win.
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