Liverpool welcome Newcastle to Anfield on New Years Day, as 2024 gets off to a cracking start. The two teams regularly serve up entertaining and memorable clashes, so fans will be hoping for another festive treat. Here, LFC - Back On Our Perch takes a look back at five of the best matches between the two teams.
3rd April 1996 - Anfield
Liverpool 4 - 3 Newcastle
The first game on our list, and probably the most famous, is the original 4 - 3 victory for Liverpool, at Anfield in 1996. With Liverpool, Newcatle and Manchester United all fighting for the title, Newcastle visited Anfield on a poor run of form. The Magpies had been 10 points clear at Christmas, but by the time they visited Anfield, Mancheser United were three points clear at the top of the table. Both teams had lost the previous game, and both knew they needed to win to stand any chance of catching United.
The game started in entertaining fashion, with Robbie Fowler giving Liverpool the lead in just the second minute. Newcastle hit back quickly though, with goals from Les Ferdinand and David Ginola giving them the lead in the 14th minute. It stayed that way until the second half, when Fowler again scored to make it 2 - 2. Newcastle hit back straight away through Tino Asprilla to make it 3 - 2, before Stan Collymore equalied for Liverpool in the 67th minute. Despite numerous attacks by both teams, it looked like the game would end in a draw, before Collymore popped up in the 92nd minute to score the winning goal and send Anfield into dilerium. Newcastle Manager, Kevin Keegan (a Reds legend himself), famously slumped over the adverising hoardings as he saw his teams chances of title glory slip further away.
The match was voted 'Premier League Game of the Decade' during a poll in 2003, and is considered one of the most iconic games in the history of the Premier League.
10th March 1997 - Anfield
Liverpool 4 - 3 Newcastle
Less than a year after Liverpool's famous 4 - 3 victory, both teams were at it again, producing another stunning 4 - 3 result. Kevin Keegan had departed Newcastle, but another Reds Legend was in the dugout, in the form of Kenny Dalglish. Liverpool were led by Roy Evans, a club legend and one of the original 'bootroom' boys.
Liverpool raced into a fantastic 3 - 0 lead in the first half, with goals from McManaman, Fowler and Berger. Into the second half and Newcastle turned the game on its head, with goals from Gillespie, Asprilla and Barton drawing Newcastle level.
Once again, the game looked like it would end in a draw, only for Robbie Fowler to pop up in the 90th minute with a header, to win the game for Liverpool once again.
27th April 2013 - Anfield
Newcastle 0 - 6 Liverpool
By 2013, both clubs had suffered a decline in fortunes. Newcastle had been relegated to the Championship a few seasons earlier, but were back in the Premier League. Liverpool were led by Brendan Rodgers, but had struggled to mount a serious title challenge for several seasons. There was little to suggest then, that these two teams would serve up another classic, but thats exactly what happened on 27th April, 2013, when Liverpool went to St James Park and thumped Newcastle 6 - 0!
In one of the most one-sided match ups ever between the two sides, goals from Daniel Agger, Fabio Borini, Daniel Sturridge (2) and Jordan Henderson (2), meant it was the travelling Reds fans who went home happy. The result was especially pleasing for Jordan Henderson, who grew up in Sunderland, and played at the Stadium of Light, before moving to Anfield.
4th May 2019 - St James Park
Newcastle 2 - 3 Liverpool
The 2018/19 season will forever be remembered for Liverpool winning the Champions League for the sixth time. In the league, Liverpool pushed Man City all the way, amassing a whopping 98 points, but ultimately losing out on the title by one point. In the penultimate game of the season, Liverpool needed a win, but found themselves drawing 2 - 2 with Newcastle at St James Park. As was so often the case, a certain Divock Origi popped up with the winning header, in the 86th minute. Origi would further cement his legendary status with Reds fans, by scoring the second goal in the Champions League Final two weeks later.
27th August 2023 - St James Park
Newcastle 1 - 2 Liverpool
The last game on our list is also the most recent, taking place earlier in the 2023/24 season. Both Liverpool and Newcastle had made good starts to the season, so the match was seen as a good test of far each team had progressed from the previous year.
Newcastle started the match well, roared on by a capacity crowd inside St James Park, and duly took the lead in the 25th minute when new signing (and ex-Everton player), Anthony Gordon put them in front. Things went from bad to worse for Liverpool three minutes later, when Reds Captain, Virgil Van Dijk, was sent off for bringing down Isak. The decision was debatable at best, with some camera angles suggesting Van Dijk got some of the ball before he caught the player. Either way, Liverpool had to play the remaining 60+ minutes with 10 men.
Newcastle threw everything at Liverpool, but thanks to some excellent last ditch defending, and goalkeeping from Alisson, Liverpool kept the score at 1 - 0. Into the last fifteen minutes and Jurgen Klopp introduced Darwin Nunez, as a last throw of the dice. Within 3 minutes Nunez had scored the equaliser, before firing in a stunning winner in the 93rd minute. Newcastle were stunned, Nunez, Klopp and Liverpool were elated.
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