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Liverpool   3 - 0   Newcastle

Luis Suarez (right) scores for Liverpool
Suarez (right) scores his third goal for Liverpool in Sunday's 3-0 win

By Phil Dawkes
BBC Sport

Liverpool are up to fifth in the Premier League table after recording a comfortable victory over Newcastle.

The Reds dominated the early exchanges and took a 10th-minute lead through Maxi Rodriguez's deflected volley.

United competed until the 59th minute when Mike Williamson fouled Luis Suarez for a penalty that Dirk Kuyt converted.

Suarez's neat close-range finish sealed the win for the hosts, for whom former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll came off the bench for the final 20 minutes.

Inevitably, the build-up to the game was dominated by talk of Carroll, who the Reds recycled £35m of the £50m fee they received from Chelsea for Fernando Torres on, when they purchased him from Newcastle late in the January transfer window.

Having spent the last few weeks sidelined with a knee injury, the big number nine was an ominous presence for his former side on the Liverpool bench and sparked an entertaining vocal war of attrition between opposing fans every time he appeared on the touchline for a warm-up and during his late cameo.

Dalglish hails Suarez influence

Newcastle, though, had enough to worry about prior to that, having to cope with a Liverpool attack that has given the Reds a very realistic chance of qualification for the Europa League following a run that has seen them take 30 points from their last 14 games.

Suarez again demonstrated the predatory instincts and creativity that persuaded the Reds to part with £22.7m to sign him from Ajax in January, while Dirk Kuyt extended the richest goalscoring form of his Liverpool career by scoring in his fourth successive game.

In Liverpool's previous game, eight days ago, winger Rodriguez scored three of his side's five goals in a hammering of struggling Birmingham and it was the Argentine winger who again gave his side the lead on Sunday.

The home side had already threatened through Raul Meireles's miscued sixth-minute shot before going ahead in the 10th.

Teenage full-back John Flanagan provided a testing cross from the right which Mike Williamson only partially headed clear, allowing Rodriguez to volley a shot from 12 yards that took a crucial deflection off Danny Simpson past keeper Tim Krul.

It was the high-point of a 25-minute opening period in which Liverpool dominated possession but created few real goalscoring chances.

Second goal crucial - Pardew

Impressive teenage midfielder Jay Spearing was involved in their two other best attacking moves of the half, firstly forcing keeper Krul into a low save with a 25-yard shot and then later provided a superb pin-point cross from the right which Lucas headed straight at the United keeper from 10 yards out.

As the half wore on the visitors grew as a presence, but barring some well-delivered Joey Barton free-kicks, they only had Kevin Nolan's miscued effort from a corner to show for their efforts.

However, they did fashion the first opportunity of the second half when Nolan crossed for Barton, but his shot flew past the post and with it went their best chance of forging a first away win since February.

Instead, Liverpool reasserted their authority and extended their lead just before the hour.

Williamson misjudged an attempt to shepherd the ball out at the byline, allowing Suarez to nip and knock it past him. Realising the threat the Uruguayan now posed, the defender dragged him down for a penalty that Kuyt stroked home for his eighth goal in seven games.

The Dutchman should have added another minutes later when Meireles's cross found him unmarked six yards out, but he failed to connect properly with his header and put it wide.

However, he did play a pivotal role in his side's third goal, flicking a superb short pass through a crowd of defenders to find Suarez, who neatly finished from eight yards out.

To rub salt into Newcastle wounds, Liverpool used the final 20 minutes to parade Carroll.

The 11 goals he scored for his former side earlier in the season have played a major part in securing them a second successive season in the Premier League and he may well yet play a significant role in helping his new side into Europe next campaign.

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Sunday, 1 May 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Maxi 10
  • Kuyt (pen) 59
  • Suarez 65

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Newcastle

    Substitutes

    Ref: WaltonAtt: 44,923
    LIVERPOOL
    NEWCASTLE

    Possession

    • Liverpool 46%
    • Newcastle 54%

    Attempts on target

    • Liverpool 5
    • Newcastle 3

    Attempts off target

    • Liverpool 4
    • Newcastle 4

    Corners

    • Liverpool 3
    • Newcastle 12

    Fouls

    • Liverpool 15
    • Newcastle 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:07 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+3:16 Joey Barton takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance. Short corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line. Joey Barton takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Raul Meireles manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+2:31 Substitution Sanchez Jose Enrique goes off and Shane Ferguson comes on.
    • 90:00+2:26 A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Jay Spearing manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:44 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, Jonjo Shelvey makes a clearance.
    • 88:31 Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton.
    • 88:24 A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
    • 86:04 Substitution Joe Cole on for Luis Suarez.
    • 84:44 Effort from just outside the area by Kevin Nolan goes over the bar.
    • 83:16 The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, save by Jose Reina.
    • 81:26 Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 81:26 Substitution Shefki Kuqi is brought on as a substitute for Shola Ameobi.
    • 81:26 Jonas Gutierrez concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson.
    • 80:16 Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Jonjo Shelvey coming on for John Flanagan.
    • 79:58 The offside flag is raised against Andrew Carroll. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the indirect free kick.
    • 78:33 The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez, Jay Spearing gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the left by-line, save by Jose Reina.
    • 78:06 Glen Johnson challenges Shola Ameobi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:34 Shot from long range by Cheik Tiote goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 76:05 Corner taken by Joey Barton, clearance made by Dirk Kuyt.
    • 75:47 Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Luis Suarez results in a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.
    • 75:28 Danny Simpson crosses the ball, Jose Reina makes a save.
    • 75:19 Jonas Gutierrez crosses the ball, Jay Spearing manages to make a clearance.
    • 75:08 A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson.
    • 74:06 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Suarez, clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 73:54 Raul Meireles takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
    • 72:53 Substitution Nile Ranger replaces Peter Lovenkrands.
    • 72:47 The ball is crossed by Danny Simpson.
    • 70:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Suarez on Joey Barton. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
    • 70:33 Raul Meireles sends in a cross, save by Tim Krul.
    • 70:19 John Flanagan crosses the ball, clearance made by Danny Simpson.
    • 68:55 Substitution Andrew Carroll joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rodriguez Maxi.
    • 67:35 Handball decision goes against Jamie Carragher. Joey Barton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
    • 64:10 The assist for the goal came from Dirk Kuyt.
    • 64:10 GOAL - Luis SuarezLiverpool 3 - 0 Newcastle Luis Suarez finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle.
    • 63:36 Cheik Tiote challenges Leiva Lucas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
    • 62:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Kevin Nolan. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joey Barton from left channel, Jay Spearing makes a clearance.
    • 61:15 Shot from just outside the area by Luis Suarez misses to the left of the target.
    • 59:29 Rodriguez Maxi fouled by Cheik Tiote, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is swung over by Raul Meireles, Dirk Kuyt produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 58:33 GOAL - Dirk KuytLiverpool 2 - 0 Newcastle Placed penalty scored by Dirk Kuyt. Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle.
    • 58:19 Luis Suarez provided the assist for the goal.
    • 57:57 Booking Mike Williamson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 57:45 Mike Williamson challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
    • 57:29 Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball, save by Jose Reina.
    • 56:23 Centre by Luis Suarez.
    • 56:03 Rodriguez Maxi produces a cross. Centre by Jay Spearing, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
    • 55:25 The assistant referee flags for offside against Luis Suarez. Indirect free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
    • 54:36 Leiva Lucas concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Lovenkrands. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
    • 53:57 Corner from the left by-line taken by Raul Meireles, Joey Barton manages to make a clearance.
    • 52:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher by Shola Ameobi. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
    • 52:05 The official flags Dirk Kuyt offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
    • 50:06 Booking Booking for Cheik Tiote.
    • Correction - 46:15 Luis Suarez takes a shot. Mike Williamson gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles, clearance by Joey Barton.
    • 46:15 Luis Suarez takes a shot. Mike Williamson gets a block in. Corner taken by Raul Meireles from the right by-line, clearance by Joey Barton.
    • 45:37 A cross is delivered by Kevin Nolan, Effort from deep inside the area by Joey Barton misses to the right of the goal.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:15 The referee blows for half time.
    • 44:44 Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
    • 43:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Shola Ameobi. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 40:20 The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance by Glen Johnson.
    • 38:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Raul Meireles on Joey Barton. Sanchez Jose Enrique has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Rodriguez Maxi gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line.
    • 37:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Lovenkrands by Martin Skrtel. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton from right wing, clearance made by Leiva Lucas.
    • 37:00 Leiva Lucas takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
    • 34:54 Joey Barton decides to take a short corner. Shot on goal by Kevin Nolan from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 33:54 Jonas Gutierrez fouled by John Flanagan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton.
    • 33:01 Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line.
    • 32:03 Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Joey Barton, John Flanagan manages to make a clearance.
    • 30:59 Jay Spearing gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
    • 29:51 Corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Clearance by Leiva Lucas.
    • 28:27 Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
    • 28:27 Booking The referee shows John Flanagan a yellow card.
    • 28:16 John Flanagan concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez.
    • 26:41 Foul by Dirk Kuyt on Kevin Nolan, free kick awarded. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheik Tiote on Luis Suarez. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
    • 23:46 Cheik Tiote challenges Rodriguez Maxi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:00 Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
    • 22:19 Jay Spearing takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
    • 21:13 Foul by Kevin Nolan on Jamie Carragher, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 19:29 Danny Simpson delivers the ball, Jay Spearing makes a clearance.
    • 18:49 Leiva Lucas challenges Cheik Tiote unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
    • 16:27 Foul by Leiva Lucas on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Joey Barton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
    • 14:43 Glen Johnson challenges Shola Ameobi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
    • 12:47 The assistant referee signals for offside against Dirk Kuyt. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the indirect free kick.
    • 11:19 Glen Johnson sends in a cross.
    • 9:10 GOAL - Rodriguez MaxiLiverpool 1 - 0 Newcastle Rodriguez Maxi finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Newcastle.
    • 8:21 Luis Suarez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
    • 6:10 Effort from the edge of the box by Raul Meireles goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 6:01 Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Nolan on Jose Reina. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:17 Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, save made by Jose Reina.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    1 May 2011 23:59 UK


    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 1 May 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 35 38 73
    2 Chelsea 35 38 70
    3 Arsenal 35 32 67
    4 Man City 34 22 62
    5 Liverpool 35 15 55
    6 Tottenham 34 7 55
    7 Everton 35 5 48
    8 Bolton 35 0 46
    9 Fulham 35 7 45
    10 Stoke 35 0 43
    11 West Brom 35 -14 43
    12 Newcastle 35 -2 41
    13 Aston Villa 35 -13 41
    14 Sunderland 35 -13 41
    15 Birmingham 35 -17 39
    16 Blackburn 35 -14 38
    17 Blackpool 35 -22 35
    18 Wigan 35 -23 35
    19 Wolves 35 -23 34
    20 West Ham 35 -23 32

    see also
    Premier League as it happened
    01 May 11 |  Football
    Sunday's football photos
    01 May 11 |  Football
    Injured Gerrard eyes pre-season
    01 May 11 |  Liverpool



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