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Late Darwin Nunez goals gives Liverpool unlikely win at Newcastle after Virgil van Dijk red card


A late double by Darwin Nunez gave ten-man Liverpool an unlikely 2-1 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park.

It appeared it was going to be a very long afternoon for Jurgen Klopp’s side when they found themselves a goal and a man down at half time.

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Things looked very bleak when Van Dijk was sent off on 28 minutesCredit: Getty
But Nunez's late double saw Liverpool claim the three points

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But Nunez’s late double saw Liverpool claim the three pointsCredit: Getty

But the visitors showed plenty of grit to stay in the St James’ Park contest before Nunez’s 81st minute strike from an acute angle levelled the scores.

And they were rewarded even more for their resolve in stoppage-time when Nunez swept home the winner to send the travelling Reds fans wild.

Earlier, former Liverpool academy player Anthony Gordon opened the scoring as he took advantage of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s mistake.

Virgil van Dijk was then sent off for swiping Magpies forward Alexander Isak.

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The Magpies were left to reflect on missed chances – Alisson produced a stunning first-half save to deny Miguel Almiron, who later hit a post – but Jurgen Klopp’s men scrapped impressively to ensure their unbeaten run against the Tyneside club extended to 14 games.

Klopp celebrated wildly in front of the home dugout and on the pitch after the final whistle as the home fans among a crowd of 52,214 trudged away barely able to believe what they had witnessed.

The visitors made a lively start amid a raucous atmosphere as former Magpies target Dominik Szoboszlai forced an early corner, and it was they who set the tempo as the game unfolded.

However, Trent Alexander-Arnold left himself walking a tightrope after picking up a needless sixth-minute booking for kicking the ball away, and he was perhaps fortunate to escape further punishment after Gordon went down under his challenge seconds later.

Alexander-Arnold was booked for time-wasting early on

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Alexander-Arnold was booked for time-wasting early onCredit: sky sports
And he could have received a second yellow for fouling Gordon

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And he could have received a second yellow for fouling GordonCredit: sky sports

Newcastle keeper Nick Pope, who was sent off in the corresponding fixture last season, endured a testing start and he came for, but failed to connect meaningfully with two early corners, although as Bruno Guimaraes, Sandro Tonali and Almiron gradually worked their way into the game, the traffic towards his goal became less congested.

Joelinton mustered the first attempt on Alisson’s goal, a reward for Guimaraes’ persistence, although the keeper was more than equal to the task, but opposite number Pope was extended much further to repel Luis Diaz’s near-post strike after a mazy 17th-minute run.

Pope comfortably claimed Mo Salah’s curled 24th-minute effort after the striker had cut inside full-back Dan Burn, but Liverpool’s game-plan was torn apart seconds later.

Alexander-Arnold mis-controlled Salah’s pass, allowing Gordon to steal in and race away before sliding a shot past the advancing Alisson, and worse was to come for the Reds when skipper Van Dijk felled Alexander Isak on the edge of the box three minutes later and was dismissed.

Gordon broke the deadlock against the side that released him as a boy

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Gordon broke the deadlock against the side that released him as a boyCredit: Getty
It came after Alexander-Arnold's costly mistake

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It came after Alexander-Arnold’s costly mistakeCredit: sky sports

Only Alisson’s brilliance prevented Newcastle from doubling their advantage nine minutes before the break when he somehow managed to claw Almiron’s stinging volley onto the underside of his crossbar.

With defender Joe Gomez having replaced the sacrificed Diaz before the break, the Reds returned knowing they needed something special to force their way back into the game, but Gordon continued to terrorise Alexander-Arnold, and it was the Magpies who looked more likely to add to their tally.

Almiron skied high over after Joelinton had surged into the penalty area before crossing, but with the ten men largely sitting deep, Newcastle found themselves having to unpick the most steadfast of locks with midfield pair Guimaraes and Tonali the main protagonists.

Szoboszlai and substitute Diogo Jota helped to ease Liverpool back into the contest as the home side were forced to defend, and although Gordon blazed a 64th-minute drive just wide of Alisson’s left post, it took a superb intervention by Sven Botman to prevent Salah from making the most of a delicious exchange with Jota.

Almiron was unfortunate to see a 76th-minute shot come back off a post with Alisson beaten, and the Reds capitalised on that stroke of good fortune with nine minutes remaining when Nunez seized on Botman’s error to fire past Pope.

With Newcastle pushing for a winner, the Uruguay international repeated the dose deep into injury time, running on to Salah’s through ball to snatch an unlikely victory with a similar finish.

Nunez struggled for goals last term but was Liverpool's hero on Tyneside

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Nunez struggled for goals last term but was Liverpool’s hero on TynesideCredit: Getty
A fantastic three points for Liverpool

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A fantastic three points for LiverpoolCredit: Getty





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