Skip to content

Newcastle 1-2 Liverpool: Darwin Nunez's late double completes stunning comeback after Virgil van Dijk red card

Report and free match highlights as Liverpool complete stunning comeback to beat Newcastle; Darwin Nunez scores two late goals after Virgil van Dijk's first-half red card; Anthony Gordon gave hosts lead after Trent Alexander-Arnold controversially avoided early sending off

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s win against Newcastle in the Premier League.

Darwin Nunez's late double completed a stunning comeback as Liverpool overcame Virgil van Dijk's red card to beat Newcastle 2-1 in a chaotic and controversial encounter.

The Magpies have not beaten Liverpool in the Premier League in nearly eight years and they will surely see this as a wasted opportunity to end that barren run given the visitors saw Van Dijk dismissed for a foul on Alexander Isak in the first half.

The Liverpool captain's red card came just minutes after Anthony Gordon punished an error from Trent Alexander-Arnold to put the hosts ahead.

The Liverpool right-back was lucky to avoid an early red card after referee Jon Brooks declined to show him a second yellow card for bringing down Gordon as he surged past him - leading Gary Neville to tell Sky Sports that the decision was "too big" for the official.

But Newcastle rested on their one-goal advantage in the second half and were punished by Nunez, who drew the scores level in the 81st minute when he robbed Sven Botman before lashing the ball beyond Nick Pope.

Worse was to come for the shell-shocked hosts when Nunez again finished emphatically in stoppage time to hand Jurgen Klopp a record-breaking 11th consecutive league victory over Eddie Howe.

Player ratings

Newcastle: Pope (5), Trippier (6), Schar (6), Botman (5), Burn (6), Tonali (7), Guimaraes (7), Joelinton (6), Almiron (5), Isak (6), Gordon (8).

Subs: Wilson (6), Barnes (6), Longstaff (6), Anderson (n/a), Targett (n/a).

Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (4), Matip (6), Van Dijk (4), Robertson (6), Szoboszlai (6), Endo (6), Mac Allister (6), Salah (7), Gakpo (6), Diaz (6).

Subs: Gomez (6), Jota (6), Elliott (6), Nunez (9), Quansah (6).

Player of the match: Darwin Nunez

How Liverpool produced dramatic turnaround

Liverpool's Darwin Nunez celebrates after scoring his goal
Image: Darwin Nunez came off the bench to stun Newcastle and claim a valuable three points for 10-player Liverpool

Newcastle may have finished above Liverpool last season but the recent history in this fixture pointed to an away win, with the Magpies' last league victory over their opponents coming in December 2015.

Also See:

Klopp had also racked up 10 consecutive Premier League wins over Howe and knew an 11th would create a new Premier League record.

Team news

  • Newcastle named an unchanged team from their 1-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend, with Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon preferred to Callum Wilson and Harvey Barnes
  • Liverpool brought in Wataru Endo for Diogo Jota as the midfielder made his first start, while Joel Matip replaced the injured Ibrahima Konate

Newcastle would have been forgiven for thinking the luck in this fixture was continuing to favour Liverpool when Alexander-Arnold avoided a second yellow card when he pushed Gordon to the floor as he broke down the wing in the seventh minute.

The right-back had already been booked for throwing the ball away as Newcastle tried to take a throw-in minutes earlier, although he should have been awarded a free-kick after being pushed by Gordon - a decision Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports was “absolutely unbelievable”.

But Alexander-Arnold continued to struggle and his failure to control a pass in the 25th minute allowed Gordon - the former Everton forward - to slide a finish past Alisson.

The St James' Park crowd were eyeing a rare win over their top-four rivals and they were further boosted when Van Dijk - who Carragher branded "lazy" - made a clumsy challenge on Isak, with Brooks deeming him to have denied a goalscoring opportunity.

What does the FA rulebook say?

According to FA Law 12, section 5, a player is sent off and shown the red card if he denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player's goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick.

But Newcastle appeared to lower their intensity in the second half, with a Miguel Almiron effort that came back off the post and volley from the Paraguayan that Alisson pushed onto the crossbar their only notable opportunities after the break.

Liverpool sensed the points were still there to be won and Nunez, who has struggled to justify his £85m transfer fee since signing last summer, stepped up to produce his finest moments for Klopp’s side.

The forward pounced on some Botman hesitancy to score his first and Newcastle could not reclaim the momentum, with Nunez again afforded too much space as he rifled in a dramatic 93rd-minute winner.

Klopp: I've never experienced anything like that

Reflecting on his side's miraculous comeback, Klopp suggested the result was even harder than their famous 4-0 home win over Barcelona in 2019, that saw them overturn a three-goal deficit on aggregate to reach the Champions League final.

"It was much more difficult than the Barcelona game as that was at home and we played a sensational first game that was lost 3-0 but learned a lot about ourselves and knew we could hurt Barcelona if we defended them properly," Klopp told Sky Sports.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool’s hard-fought 2-1 win against Newcastle was one of his greatest wins as a manager and felt it was more difficult than their famous 4-0 win against Barcelona in 2019

"This was completely different. We didn't start well, conceded a goal and a red card. We actually played better from that moment on with much more control. Newcastle struggled to create as we were more compact and fought really hard.

"At half-time, the feeling was there for a special performance with a super attitude, passion and desire and a bit of luck.

"We calmed the game down and brought on Darwin. He was fired up as he wasn't starting and put all his energy with his two shots. It was a super performance with two top-class goals.

"At half-time, we said if we can turn this around it would be something to tell the grandkids - I see mine in 10 days, so I will tell them.

"With my history of over 1,000 games, I've never had something like that in that way. At Newcastle, with that atmosphere - it's crazy. I've never had that. It is special."

Klopp was unhappy with the decision to send off Van Dijk, saying: "I don't think it's a red card. It's pretty much no contact and it's on the way to the ball, but what can I say? I cannot change it."

However, the Liverpool boss applauded the call not to dismiss Alexander-Arnold, saying: "It’s a foul on Alexander-Arnold, which is not given.

"The fourth official says to me: ‘Yes, it’s a foul.’ The ref doesn’t give it and then Trent kicks the ball away - his fault, yellow.

"The second one… if he gives it, he gives it, but I didn’t think it was. You have to have the space to keep a game going."

Howe: Alexander-Arnold deserved 'clear' red card

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Eddie Howe reflected on Newcastle’s dramatic 2-1 defeat to Liverpool and felt the game should have been more comfortable for them but they were not ruthless enough in front of goal

Howe insisted the blame for Newcastle's defeat lay at their own door but believes the officials made an error in not sending off Alexander-Arnold.

Asked whether the England international should have seen red, Howe told Sky Sports: "For me, yes. You don't want to see a player sent off but, for me, that's a clear red card.

"Two moments that are key in the game and the referee got the first one wrong. We're not looking at that as the reason we didn't win the game - that has to fall on our laps."

However, the Newcastle boss - who has now seen his team lose two of their opening three league matches - added: "We should have put the game to bed and that's the thing we're all kicking ourselves with. We have a lot of chances.

"Their goalkeeper made one of the best saves I've seen live. It just wasn't to be. We needed the second goal because Liverpool are dangerous.

"We're really unlucky - their first goal hits Sven's back and heel and then lands perfectly for Nunez.

"It wasn't our intention to not continue the momentum we had in the game. Liverpool became content for us to have the ball in front of them and there was less space. It was tough to break them down."

Carragher: Referee made rod for his own back

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Jamie Carragher says referee John Brooks made a rod for his own back with his decisions on the two Trent Alexander-Arnold incidents in the first half against Newcastle

Carragher said referee Brooks made "a rod for his own back" when he booked Alexander-Arnold for throwing the ball away in the sixth minute, saying: "Trent deserves a yellow card.

"We know the rules, he throws the ball away, but the referee makes a rod for his own back.

"How is the shove from Gordon not a foul in the first place? How the referee doesn't give a foul there is absolutely unbelievable.

"I think that's why he doesn't give him a second yellow moments later."

Neville criticised the official's decision not to dismiss Alexander-Arnold, saying: "The first booking is a needless one.

"We're still getting used to the new rules. He just throws it away, which is now a standard booking. He feels hard done by and is pushed and throws the ball away.

"The second incident is too big for him. He doesn't want to make the decision.

"Alexander-Arnold is lucky. He steps out to the left and puts his arm across Gordon. He knows one more and he's done. I'm convinced that if he wasn't on a yellow card, he would get one for that."

Neville: Van Dijk was 'so rash'

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Jamie Carragher believes Virgil van Djik should not have been sent off for his challenge on Newcastle's Alexander Isak

Neville believed Brooks made the correct call to dismiss Van Dijk, saying: "I think he just kicks through the centre forward.

"It wasn't Van Dijk's challenge to win from the angle he was coming in at. He had to just try and follow Isak's run but he tried to win it.

"He kicks his left leg. It's so rash from Van Dijk. He doesn't need to commit there.

"We've all been there. He just has to go off the pitch, take the medicine, as hard as it may be.

"But it's a Van Dijk who a few years ago would not have made that challenge. He would have let Isak take a touch and take it off him as he ran through the channel.

"He wellies through him. Isak has gone past him because Van Dijk has committed."

However, Carragher disagreed that Van Dijk had denied a goalscoring opportunity, saying: "Van Dijk does a lot wrong - being lazy coming across and the challenge is ill-advised, but I don't think there's a red card.

"How do you know that's a goalscoring opportunity?"

What's next?

Newcastle's next three matches are all live on Sky Sports, starting with Saturday's trip to Brighton - kick-off 5.30pm.

Live: SNF

The Magpies then host Brentford on Sunday September 17 - kick-off 4.30pm - before travelling to Sheffield United on Sunday September 24 - kick-off 4.30pm.

Liverpool's next game is at home to Aston Villa on Sunday - kick-off 2pm - before travelling to Wolves on Saturday September 16 - kick-off 12.30pm.

Win the ultimate Newcastle matchday experience!

Sky VIP and Newcastle are offering one Sky customer and three guests the chance to enjoy a matchday experience at St James' Park.

As well as experiencing hospitality in the new Rooftop Lounge, the winners will get pitch-side access to watch the pre-match warm-up, meet a club legend and walk away with a signed shirt. Travel and accommodation is also included.

To enter, just go to the My Sky app. All entrants must be Sky VIP customers aged 18 or over. Full Ts & Cs are available on the My Sky app. The competition closes on 16th September. Good luck!

Win £1,000,000 with Super 6!
Win £1,000,000 with Super 6!

The £1,000,000 jackpot is still up for grabs with Super 6! Play for free, entries by 3pm Saturday August 26.

Around Sky