One Man's Brilliance Sends The Magpie's Home Wanting
That man of course was Luis Suarez who scored one of those goals that only he can score.
But it could have turned out differently for Liverpool who after playing at a fantastic tempo for the first twenty minutes of the game, seemed to tire and lose their way completely. Why that is, only they can answer and if the truth be known, they need too, because if not we are going to witness another season of draws and loses rather than the wins that we need.
The football as I have said for the first twenty minutes was wonderful to watch, with the players finally beginning to look at home with the pass and move style of play. Within six minutes of the start it looked as though fate might finally have been on Liverpool's side when Luis Suarez was brought down in the penalty area. Then followed the usual calls for a penalty but referee Anthony Taylor waived play on.
Seventeen year Old Raheem Sterling was the man of the match at this point in the game, picking up shot after shot and linking up well with fellow youngster Suso to send several shots towards the goal. Unfortunately Newcastle goalkeeper Krul was on form and if the shots did not go wide they went straight into his hands, as Suso Sterling and Sahin found out after making a wonderful move.
Luis Suarez also registered his intent at this point after taking a free kick which curled and ended up going wide.
Stevie who was presented with a RED Liverbird to mark his 600th appearance for the club, did a Xabi Alonso and sent a wonderful kick just over the bar, as the whole of Anfield held its breath - if it had gone in the noise would have been deafening.
Suddenly, though the tempo dropped and Newcastle found themselves able to take control of the game. They gained more and more of the possession but it took a mistake by young Andre Wisdom for them to put them on the front foot.
Andre Wisdom was penalised for a foul throw-in and Newcastle picked up the ball, sent it toward Ben Arfa, who in turn sent it towards the far post where it was met by Cabaye and volleyed past Brad Jones. Newcastle was now in the lead and it remained that way until the end of the first half.
Now every game has some sort of entertainment or presentation at half time but the supporters in the main stand along with quite a few of the people in the Director's box got an expected soaking when the head of sprinkler became loose and water was sent their way.
Now fate has a wonderful way of interrupting the proceedings and it must have seemed to Newcastle that it was suddenly against them when Demba Ba - a player that Liverpool are believed to be interested in - was substituted five minutes into the second half.
Whist Newcastle took their time to re-group and change formation, Liverpool suddenly found the momentum once again and it was just a matter of time before the breakthrough came. Luis Suarez and Sahin suddenly found that space was beginning to open up in the penalty area and sent shots towards the goal. Unfortunately it was the same old story with one going over and the other going wide.
Newcastle tried to regain control by staging several counter attacks and appealing for a penalty, when it looked to them as though Martin Skrtel had challenged Ameobi, but referee Anthony Taylor judged it as fair challenge and play continued.
Shortly afterwards came the moment that everyone had waited for. A moment of pure genius that came from a long ball, rather than the pass and move style of play. Jose Enrique sent a ball 50 yards out of the defence which Luis Suarez chased, met and controlled with his shoulder, bringing it down and side-stepping Krul before sending it into the net.
Liverpool was now level and the noise around Anfield was deafening. We had just witnessed the master of brilliance at work and Liverpool suddenly realised that perhaps they could after all win the game.
Jonjo Shelvey who had come on to replace Suso, nearly scored within moments of coming onto the pitch but did not hit the ball hard enough.
Newcastle of course, were not going to give up that easily and a mistake by Enrique sent Ameobi racing down towards Ben Arfa, who having picked up the ball, sent a shot tamely towards Brad Jones. Then panic or indeed stupidity took over when Coloccini having chased Luis Suarez decided to send his studs into Suarez's legs. The resulting red card was rightfully given by Anthony Taylor, because if Suarez's speed had not been what it was, our only striker could well have joined the injury list this evening.
With the Newcastle down to ten men and the minutes ticking down, Liverpool did all they could to control the game and score, but even though Luis Suarez could not snatch the winner after a strange free kick and bounce failed to find the back of the net.
The game finished as score draw and I guess on a different day, the six clear chances that we missed may well have found the back of the net. For that to happen of course, Liverpool must add at least two new strikers to the playing staff when the window opens in January.