An injury-time goal from Fabio Carvalho gave Liverpool a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at Anfield this evening.
It appeared as though Jurgen Klopp’s team would lose points for the fourth time in five games this season until Carvalho’s injury-time winner with practically the final kick of the game. Bournemouth had just been thrashed 9-0, tying the record.
The Reds once again had to come from behind, as has been the case in recent games, as Alexander Isak, a rookie for Newcastle, scored the visitors’ dream first goal.
Seven minutes before halftime, the Magpies’ record signing successfully beat an impotent Alisson Becker. This happened by latching onto Sean Longstaff’s deft through-ball that exposed Liverpool’s haphazard defence.
Isak believed he had a second goal after the break as well, but after another successful finish, the goal was disallowed for offside, and the ruling was upheld by a close VAR review.
Soon after the hour mark, Roberto Firmino of Liverpool equalised, breaking his goalless streak at Anfield by sweeping Mohamed Salah’s assist into the far corner. The perceived time-wasting by Newcastle caused tempers to flare both on and off the field, and as the clock continued to run well past the allotted five minutes of extra time, Liverpool was awarded a late corner.
The late drama at Anfield as the game ends Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle
After a skirmish in which Salah was unable to score from close range, the ball fell to Carvalho, who sent a powerful volley from inside the six-yard box off the underside of the crossbar, marking Liverpool’s first Premier League goal since April 2011.
Prior to Carvalho’s victory goal, Liverpool was in danger of sliding 9 points behind leaders Arsenal and 7 points behind champions Manchester City, both of whom won on the day.
Newcastle is two points behind Klopp’s team, which has eight points after five games, as they suffered their first loss of the new season.
In a Premier League season that has not reached the heights that took Liverpool within striking distance of four titles last season, Carvalho, the Fulham summer transfer who turned 20 on Tuesday, has emerged as an instant Liverpool wildcard.
Every time he has appeared this season, he has had an impact, but none as dramatic as when, in the 98th minute, he rose from the crowd to capitalise on Newcastle’s failure to clear a corner and complete Liverpool’s comeback from behind to win 2-1.
Anger that had been building all night, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in an almost constant rage, erupted in dramatic scenes on the field, in the Anfield stands, and in the technical area.
Carvalho was the hero, and the celebration and relief that erupted around Anfield as a result of the victory were evident. Liverpool had been under pressure after Manchester City received word of their 6-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forest, knowing that if they lost, they would fall seven points and nine points behind league leaders Arsenal in the Premier League.
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