LIVE: Newcastle v Liverpool - follow all the Premier League action from St James' Park as it happens

By Sunni Upal


Newcastle v Liverpool (12.45pm)

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Newcastle host Liverpool at St James' Park to begin the weekend's action. 

The Reds can go top for at least a couple of hours by avoiding defeat in the North East, while the hosts, languishing mid-table, will target three points to drag them towards the top six and out the clutches of the bottom three.

The Toon will also have revenge on their mind after suffering a humiliating 6-0 home defeat at the hands of Brendan Rodgers' outfit last April.

We want to hear your thoughts, comments and opinions so get in touch throughout the match. Email or contact me via Twitter @RSUpal.

Sunni Upal

Host commentator

That's a wrap

Four goals, five bookings, a sending off and a penalty... the Premier League is back alright! It was a brilliant game to get the weekend started, and you can join Dan Ripley now for updates from all the 3pm games, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United HERE.

I'll leave you with our report from the game at St James' Park, available HERE.

Full-time: Newcastle 2-2 Liverpool

Krul denies Suarez with the last kick of the game and unfortunately this match ends here. What a cracker.

Newcastle will probably settle for a point having played 50 minutes with 10 men, but Liverpool will be disappointed. They conceded a sloppy goal from a set-piece, but still had chances to win.

Still, a point is probably what Newcastle deserve from this. Anything less would have been harsh on them.


Remy isolated Cissokho there on the break, but the Liverpool defender made an excellent full-stretch tackle as the Frenchman cut inside onto his right foot. That was a sniff for Newcastle.

Back to that Sturridge chance, and Colin Young wonders how the Liverpool man missed..

Sturridge should have won the game with four to go.

Wonderful pass over the top from Gerrard on to Sturridge’s stronger foot and he taps harmlessly wide from inside the penalty area.

The England striker has just been booked for a trip on Gouffran as he stretched for loose ball and he is quickly joined by Debuchy for a foul on Moses.

SAS: Suarez and Sturridge celebrate after combining for Liverpool's second goal

What a ball from Gerrard in behind to Sturridge, and the Liverpool striker should really be celebrating his second goal.

The ball dropped over his shoulder and Sturridge was caught in two minds whether to head or volley it. It was on his favoured left foot, but Sturridge didn't connect at all and the ball finished up closer to the corner flag. Liverpool should have been ahead after that.


And Sterling does now replace Johnson for Liverpool with eight minutes to play.


Double change for Newcastle as Cabaye and Ben Arfa make way for Anita and Sammy Ameobi.

Meanwhile, Colin Young writes: 'The world’s loudest firework has gone off among the travelling support. Around a dozen police and stewards have been checking the area round the explosion but to no avail it seems..

From Colin Young at St James' Park:

SAS combine just as Raheem Sterling was being prepped to come on.

Moses played the ball into the area to suarez who got behind the Liverpool back four and slotted the ball neatly on to the head of Sturridge who could not miss from on the goal-line.

Sterling was quickly sent back to the bench by an apologetic Brendan Rodgers.

Too late for the stadium PA man though who announced the substitution (Glen Johnson was due to come off) as the re-start was taken.

Diving in: Sturridge heads in Suarez's cross to draw Liverpool level again at 2-2

Excellent cut back from Cissokho to find Suarez on the penalty spot and he swings his right foot at it and watches the ball skim the crossbar on it's way over. That would have been a brilliant goal, and Rodgers has is head in his hands on the sidelines. That was close.

GOAL! Newcastle 2-2 LIVERPOOL (Sturridge)

The SAS deliver for Liverpool when they needed it most!

Suarez again on the move gets in behind, this time it was down the left channel and as Krul rushed out to him, the Uruguayan crossed for Sturridge, who headed in from one yard to level for Liverpool.

All-square with 18 minutes to play.


First-time shot from Suarez and Krul had to be alert to that. It was a lovely ball from Johnson down the side of the centre back and Suarez went with the early shot, which was spilled by Krul but no Liverpool players were on hand to capitalise.


Colin Young has more on the Liverpool sub, and thinks it could have been injury forced.

Not sure the injury was that serious but Mamadou Sakho signalled to the Liverpool bench he was ready to call his afternoon to a halt.

Brendan Rodgers has sent on Luis Alberto to play on the right of a four-man midfield, with Victor Moses moving to the left. Liverpool have gone to four at the back.

Still plenty of Liverpool possession but they are not hurting Newcastle who continue to look a threat on the counter attack. Pardew has called Ben Arfa over for a pep talk as he struggles to make much impression up the middle.


Rodgers takes off one of his three centre backs and Alberto is the man who replaces Sakho. It makes sense, Liverpool need to push more men forward to break Newcastle down.

Unlikely: Paul Dummett celebrates after giving Newcastle the lead again from a free-kick
Colin Young on Dummett's goal

Paul Dummett gave a little signal to the bench if he should go forward for a free-kick. He got the thumbs up from Alan Pardew.

Cabaye floated a lovely ball into the area and as the Newcastle boss appealed for a foul on Williamson by Skrtel, the ball landed at the feet of Dummett who handsomely dispatched it out of Mignolet’s reach.

The free-kick, given for a Skrtel foul on Remy, was ironically applauded by home fans unhappy with Marriner’s performance, and by Pardew.

GOAL! NEWCASTLE (Dummett) 2-1 Liverpool

Would you believe it? The youngster brought on by Pardew as a reaction to the red card has ghosted in around the back from a free-kick and the 10 men are back ahead.

Rodgers will be furious with Liverpool's defending from that set-piece, an area in which they continue to struggle this season.

Still, it's another welcome twist in this frenetic game.


Liverpool probing in possession just outside the Newcastle penalty area and Moses gets his shot in from 20 yards which sailed harmlessly over. Good effort from the on-loan Moses, but he couldn't keep it down.


Skrtel with an excellent challenge on Remy... but it was dangerous. On another day that could have been a penalty as the Slovakian wrapped his foot around the striker and prodded the ball away with Remy set to unleash at goal.

Newcastle fans screamed for a penalty, but Marriner was well placed to turn down the appeals.


Johnson cuts inside onto his left foot and forces a smart, low save from Krul at his near post. It looked to be creeping in at the near post, but good work from the Newcastle goalkeeper.

Gone: Yanga-Mbiwa shakes hands with Pardew as he makes his way off the pitch
We're back underway...

Half-time has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and we're back playing again.

Joe Kinnear

Some 'essential' reading as you enjoy your half-time snack.

Colin Young has an update on Joe Kinnear's activity.

Joe Kinnear seems to have swallowed an accountancy book during the international break.

The Newcastle United director of football has explained the gulf in financial terms between the likes of Liverpool and Spurs.

In a counter comment piece to the protesters who marched through the streets of the city centre to St James’ Park to call for an end to owner Mike Ashley’s reign, Kinnear has warned fans the club is suffering from `financial disparity within this league’.

He writes: `Their last published accounts show turnovers of £169million and £144 million respectively, compared with our £93million.

`While that gap is striking enough, it is in respect of commercial turnover where the real gulf is evident.

`Liverpool reported a commercial turnover for 2011/12 of £64million while Spurs reported £53million. Ours, in contrast, was just shy of £14million, increasing to £17million for 2012/13.

`In terms of our turnover and commercial strength, we compare with the likes of Everton and Aston Villa and experience the same challenges as they do to compete every season against clubs with far greater financial resources.

`The astonishing commercial income of the six clubs puts them in a an incredibly advantageous position when it comes, in particular, to building, retaining and strengthening their squads. The extra revenue translates to the quality and depth of the squads at their disposal.’

This, of course, was all Kinnear’s own work.

Level: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates his goal just before half-time
Half-time: Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool

This match promised entertainment, and that was a fairly eventful first half. The penalty decision was spot on, but Liverpool are fortunate to be level after a poor first-half display. 

Here are some more thoughts from Colin Young on the penalty decision and some bad news for Newcastle.

Unless the Newcastle players thought Suarez was offside, it was hard to see what the argument with the officials was about.

Judging by the boos from Newcastle fans, they thought Suarez dived but it looked a clear pull from Yanga-Mbiwa on the TV replays.

Linesman Scott Ledger was adamant that there was no offside, and the foul on Suarez were correct. The dismissal of Yanga-Mbiwa is bad news for Newcastle ahead of next week’s Wear-Tyne derby too.

Alan Pardew has already said captain Fabricio Coloccini is out of next week’s game too while Steven Taylor is not expected to return to training because of his hamstring problem until Monday.

Mathieu Debuchy could fill in at centre-back as an emergency but for now Paul Dummett gets the honours.

Cheick Tiote briefly filled in at centre-back but as the clock ticks past 45 minutes, former Academy left-back Dummett is on for Moussa Sissoko and he moves in alongside Mike Williamson.

That is three red cards in three Newcastle games from Andre Marriner following previous dismissals of Debuchy and Taylor.


What a blow for Newcastle. They were on top and looking good, but one moment has completely turned this game on it's head.

Pardew brings Dummett on for Sissoko for a tactical change as Newcastle adjust to life with 10 men.

Century: Steven Gerrard slots home a penalty for his 100th Premier League goal, and Liverpool's equaliser
GOAL! Newcastle 1-1 LIVERPOOL (Gerrard pen)

Premier League goal No 100 for Steven Gerrard. He had to wait an age for Yanga-Mbiwa to leave the pitch, but kept his cool and slotted into the bottom corner.

What a game-changer that could be.

Excellent ball from Sturridge, by the way, to put Suarez through and Yanga-Mbiwa had to go.

PENALTY Liverpool!

No doubt about that one. Excellent refereeing from Marriner under huge pressure from the Newcastle players, who surrounded him.

Suarez was pulled down by Yanga-Mbiwa and it's a penalty for Liverpool.

The Newcastle man is sent off as well.

Here are Colin Young's thoughts on the penalty.

Can’t be any argument here for the foul surely.

Yanga-Mbiwa pulled Suarez from behind and Andre Marriner has shown the red card to the Newcastle defender. After some protests with the linesman, Marriner is sticking to his decision to dismiss the defender.

That came after the first real error from Newcastle. Cheick Tiote gifts possession near halfway with a terrible pass. Sturridge plays it through to Suarez but Krul saves easily.

Penalty: Luis Suarez wass pulled down by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa inside the area, who was sent off

Newcastle not frightened to have a go from distance and Sissoko's fierce drive forces a good save from Mignolet. That ball was travelling.

Seven minutes until half-time. Alan Pardew will be very happy with things so far.

Colin Young writes: 'Two more testers for Mignolet as a dipping shot from distance from Cabaye flies over his bar. The Liverpool keeper appeared to have that one covered, however.

'Moussa Sissoko then drilled in a left shot which flew through several pairs of legs, resulting in a very good two-handed stop at his near post for Mignolet.

'For all their possession and slick passing on a damp pitch, Liverpool have yet to seriously test Tim Krul.


That goal has really lifted Newcastle. This is a really bright spell for them. Liverpool struggling to get out at the momemt and the crowd are really up for this as well.

Colin Young on Newcastle's goal

Redemption possibly for Yohan Cabaye and not a great moment at St James’ Park for former Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet who is deceived by the France midfielder’s looping shot from outside the area.

Suddenly the Cabaye chorus rings out around the ground. I think he is officially forgiven.

GOAL! NEWCASTLE (Cabaye) 1-0 Liverpool

A beauty from Cabaye gives Newcastle the lead midway through the first half. He only seems to score screamers!

Cabaye wasn't pressured by the Liverpool defence and decided to have a go from over 30 yards which must have caught Mignolet out. It was an excellent strike which nestled into the bottom far corner, but the Liverpool goalkeeper was nowhere near it.

Newcastle lead.

Ahead: Yohan Cabaye celebrates scoring the first goal to give Newcastle the lead

Suarez gets his head to Gerrard's corner but Santon was on hand to head it off the line. It looked to be floating wide of the far post anyway, but Santon made sure.

From Sportsmail's Colin Young at St James' Park:

Newcastle are experimenting with an intriguing formation to counter Liverpool’s efficient three centre-backs.

Hatem Ben Arfa, recalled in favour of the benched Papiss Cisse, is virtually playing as the centre forward with Loic Remy supporting from the left and Yoan Gouffran from the right.

Moussa Sissoko is sitting behind Ben Arfa with Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote in the deep central midfield positions.

Interestingly, following the loss of injured captain Fabricio Coloccini, Alan Pardew has given the captain’s armband to Tiote. Last season Cabaye was the stand-in match day captain for Coloccini’s absences.


First effort at goal for Sturridge is a tame one. Moses played him through and it was on the striker's unfavoured right foot. Even if it was on his left side, Sturridge would have had a hard time scoring from there. Krul dives on the weak shot.


A feature of Liverpool's play with this system is for both wing-backs to get high up the pitch and we've seen that from Johnson and Cissokho in the early stages here.

Still 0-0 after 10 minutes.

Tied up: Newcastle's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard battle for the ball

Debuchy has a crack from distance which forces the first save from Mignolet, a rather comfortable one admittedly.

Newcastle have looked to go very direct to Ben Arfa in these early stages.


First signs of Liverpool's quick passing there and they had half a shout for a penalty when Johnson went down in the box. Nothing given and rightly so.


An early look at the way both teams are lining up and Newcastle seem to be in a 4-3-3 formation with Ben Arfa very central.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are in the 3-4-1-2 set-up that Brendan Rodgers has been trying of late.

Fairly sedate start to proceedings.

We're underway at St James' Park

Sturridge and Suarez kick off for Liverpool.

Teams are out...

The teams have just made their way onto the pitch, here's a nice stat from OptaJoe on Newcastle's French presence...

7 - Newcastle today are the first team to have 7+ Frenchman starting a PL game since Fulham (v Boro) in Aug 2003. Château.

Preparation: The Liverpool team warm-up prior to the match at St James' Park

Brendan Rodgers has just spoken to BT Sport as well. 

On the return of Glen Johnson, he said: 'We've had a number of injuries during the early part of the season but thankfully they're starting to come back. Glen is one of the best full-backs in the world and you don't realise how good he is until he is not in the team.'


Alan Pardew has just spoken on BT Sport. When asked about the 6-0 loss to Liverpool last season, he said: ''We weren't in a good place and Liverpool capitalised on that - we're in a better place today.

'I've tried to put a more attacking side out this year, we've paid a penalty defensively but I think it's what Newcastle fans want. We need to take risks. There's a good mood in the dressing room and we have a balanced team today, hopefully we can put in a performance.'

Broadcast: Former Newcastle and Liverpool striker Michael Owen talks to the BT Sport cameras

On the Newcastle United protest, Colin Young reports: 

Hundreds of Newcastle fans are heading to St James' Park in a march against owner Mike Ashley.
The protest 'March for Change' is a call for Ashley to quit the club.

Goals, goals, goals

As I said earlier, these two never fail to produce goals.

Of course we all remember the two 4-3 wins for Liverpool at Anfield during the 1990s, but there have been some high-scoring contests at St James' Park as well. Last year Liverpool won 6-0 here without Luis Suarez and they also won 5-1 back in 2008.

Let's hope we see more goals today.


Newcastle fans have been protesting outside St James' Park, more on that HERE

Change: Newcastle fans march in protest before the game against Liverpool
For the home side, Sportsmail's Colin Young reports:

Hatem Ben Arfa is back for Newcastle United.

The French midfielder, dropped for the win at Cardiff City, comes in for out of form striker Papiss Cisse.

As expected French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa comes in for captain Fabricio Coloccini who is out with a groin injury.

Liverpool changes...

Lucas became a father for the second time last night, which is why he is absent.

Jose Enrique, meanwhile will not line up against his former team due to injury. On-loan man Aly Cissokho replaces him making his first Premier League start.


The teams are in.

Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Williamson, Santon, Cabaye, Tiote, Sissoko, Gouffran, Ben Arfa, Remy.

Subs: Elliot, Dummett, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Cisse.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Cissokho, Toure, Skrtel, Sakho, Henderson, Gerrard, Moses, Suarez, Sturridge.

Subs: Jones, Agger, Kelly, Flanagan, Alberto, Sterling, Allen.

The Premier League is back!

And we kick-off the Premier League weekend with a game always delivers goals.

Liverpool travel north to Newcastle looking to move back to the top of the Premier League, at least for a few hours.

Alan Pardew's side, meanwhile, recorded an impressive 2-1 win at Cardiff last time out to after two defeats in a row.

We want to hear your thoughts, comments and opinions so get in touch throughout the match. Email or contact me via Twitter @RSUpal. 


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@Twenty20thChampions - Was you dropped on your head as a baby?

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@JamesRobbo - "Your a soccer expert" Haha haha, your a Tool. Firstly it's called Football. Your not even a football fan, you just come on here because you think your clever slating Liverpool. You would think after your comments during the England when Gerrard ended up scoring you would of learnt your lesson. If you think Suarez wasn't fouled then you know nothing and haven't ever played football.

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Aly Cissokho is Bloody Awful Haha

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Gerrrrriiin up yours you rabid gerbil!!!!!

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dnt u mean weeeclub from the north?

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Damn...what a game changer! Liverpool look poor. C'mon the Toon!!!

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JamesRobbo, New York, United States You try running full pelt and I'll grab your shoulder and see the results. Oh wait, your probably a fat layabout who spends his lifetime being jealous of Suarez's talent and money. You also give us genuine Man Utd fans a bad name.

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Click on the JamesRobbo username. It's not me. It's some guy from Belfast. I have no idea how my username is appearing in his account. Goal!!!!! Too easy for the 10 men.

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I've edited my username so not to get confused with the impostor. No idea if he'll change his. I've contacted the powers that be asking them to sort it. This is not funny. I have a following all around the world (and am particularly big in Brazil) and I don't need some wannabe damaging my reputation.

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Did you see it??? Did you see it???Another blatant dive by Suarez. He is bringing soccer into disrepute. Absolute disgrace! Newcastle will still trounce Loserpool though.

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So just to make it interesting, Newcastle have hobbled themselves by playing with only ten men. You'd better win, then. the Toon!

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I got up very early this morning to watch the soccer game. Loserpool will get battered 4-0. Mark my words, I'm a soccer expert. Watch out for Suarez's diving. - JamesRobbo, New York, United States, 19/10/2013 11:30 Shouldn't you be watching the Washington Foreskins. still your probably always rubbing yours you c&ck;

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