Liverpool came back from a goal down to salvage a point against Newcastle on Sunday on the strength of a stunning Luis Suarez strike, extending the Magpies' 18-year wait for a win at Anfield and giving captain Steven Gerard something to take away form his 600th-career appearance for the Reds.
After the opening stages the smart money would have been on a home win, with the Reds controlling proceedings with ease, but after they took their foot off the gas pedal, Yohan Cabaye opened the scoring just before the break in wonderful style. An equally, if not more so, spectacular effort from Suarez earned the hosts a point in the second half, though.
Raheem Sterling was the main protagonist in a bright start from the hosts, with the winger nipping past Vurnon Anita on two occasions in the opening 10 minutes. The away side held firm, though, with the Reds failing to actually pose any real goal threat despite continuing to dominate possesion. Suarez was denied a good chance when Fabricio Coloccini slid in to block, though the striker believed he should have had a penalty.
Tim Krul was finally tested with 20 minutes gone. Nuri Sahin played in Suarez with a neat ball with the striker's low effort forcing the Magpies' keeper into a fine save with his feet. The Uruguayan went close again 10 minutes later when he headed just over after a magnificent diagonal ball from Gerrard.
Pardew's men offered barely any resistance as the Merseyside outfit were comfortable yet uninspiring, aside from the odd moment of brilliance from Suarez and one skilful run and shot from Suso, which deflected over for a corner. However, with 43 minutes elapsed, Cabaye gave the visitors the lead in superb fashion. Hatem Ben Arfa beat former Magpie Jose Enrique with a lovely piece of skill before clipping a cross to the Frenchman, who controlled well then slammed a half-volley past Brad Jones - the move starting when Andre Wisdom surrendered possession with a foul throw.
Mirroring the first half, the Reds came back out on top after halftime. Ten minutes in Suarez forced Krul into diving save with a curling effort, the forward then turning provider as he slotted in Sahin whose shot deflected wide. Rodgers' men showed no signs of halting their dominance in possession, shots corners et al, but still struggled to find a way through the opposing defense.
A moment of magic from Suarez finally put the Reds level. Enrique sent a long, hopeful ball up field with the attacker lurking by Coloccini's side, and the 25-year-old outpaced his man before bringing it down with his shoulder in breathtaking style, then rounding Krul and passing into the empty net.
More persistence and determination saw the forward break free of Coloccini on the right flank, before somehow getting the ball across to Jonjo Shelvey. The substitute had the goal at his mercy but just couldn't connect properly.
The atmosphere at Anfield launched into full flow with 20 minutes left. After the explosion of action, the game also livened and became more open. Sterling was denied a sure goal by a brilliant recovery tackle from Taylor, with Ben Arfa then seeing his effort saved by Jones.
The drama wasn't isolated to chances alone, with around five minutes left Coloccini saw red for a very late challenge on Suarez, with the defender sending his studs into his opponent's leg well after he had shifted the ball on.
The Reds tried to take advantage of the extra man, with Shelvey wasting two good chances to win it late on and a deflected Suarez free kick nearly evading everyone in comical style, but just bouncing over as the two sides settled to share a point.
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