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Full-time: Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool

  • Rafael Benitez frustrates his former employers as Newcastle earn a hard-fought draw at St James' Park
  • Philippe Coutinho scores for the third consecutive game with another glorious 25-yard strike shortly before the half-hour mark
  • Joselu nets a very fortunate equaliser just seven minutes later after more wretched defending from the visitors
  • Liverpool have now won just one of their last seven matches across all competitions
  • Earlier: Arsenal 2-0 Brighton, Everton 0-1 Burnley
  • Barcelona vs Las Palmas played behind closed doors amid Catalonia referendum chaos

That just about does it for IBTimes UK's comprehensive live coverage of another weekend of Premier League football. Thanks for joining us.

We will be at Wembley on Thursday evening for England's penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.

Until then, it's goodbye.

It's a more than satisfactory point for battling Newcastle and Benitez, by contrast. They stay only two points behind Liverpool in ninth before meetings with Southampton and crisis-stricken Crystal Palace.

Another frustrating afternoon for Liverpool, who have now won just one of their last seven matches across all competitions. They sit seventh ahead of a huge post-international break north-west derby clash with Manchester United at Anfield on 14 October.

They then travel to Maribor in the Champions League before facing Tottenham at Wembley.


Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool

The ball falls kindly for Diame in a central position, but his snatched effort deflects off Lovren and into the grateful arms of Mignolet.

Some half-hearted penalty appeals from those who felt that struck Lovren's arm.

Mo Diame

Mo Diame replaces Perez as the fourth official confirms three minutes of additional time.

Lovren gives away a cheap free-kick and Newcastle have a late corner.

Moreno hooks a cross back from the byline and Oxlade-Chamberlain heads well over the bar. Newcastle clearly felt that ball went out.

Lovren heads down Elliot's long kick and Perez tries to catch Mignolet off his line. The execution is somewhat lacking, however.

Solanke heads narrowly wide from a Coutinho cross as Liverpool continue to press for a winning goal.

Dominic Solanke

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Salah is Klopp's final change of the evening.

No Liverpool players capitalise on Firmino's flick-on and Elliot makes a simple catch. He is then impeded by Solanke as he looks to send a quick kick upfield.

Into the final 10 minutes at St James' Park. Can either of these two sides find a winner or will they settle for a share of the spoils?

Lovren heads a corner back across goal and Shelvey makes a crucial clearance under significant pressure from Matip.

Benitez sends on Dwight Gayle in place of Joselu. The 26-year-old boasts an impressive record against Liverpool.

Moreno badly botches a cross from the left. Not too much quality on display in this second 45, it must be said.

Sturridge will not continue his excellent scoring record against Newcastle as he makes way for Solanke. Firmino replaces Mane.

For Newcastle, Hayden comes on for Merino.

Safe defending from Gomez to head Shelvey's free-kick back to Mignolet.

Firmino, Solanke and Hayden are all preparing to enter the fray.

Salah drops deeper to find another pocket of space but this time the offside flag is raised against Sturridge.

25 minutes remaining on Tyneside. Still level.

Sturridge is played onside by Lascelles and comes close to collecting a lofted forward pass from Salah. Elliot races off his line to avert the danger.

Perez looks to run at Moreno and Lovren and is quickly wiped out by a hopelessly mistimed tackle from the former. No booking.

Gomez collides heavily with Atsu and the referee produces a yellow card. The home fans wanted more for such a high challenge.

Joe Gomez

Borussia Dortmund loanee Mikel Merino is whistled for a soft foul on Salah and Ayoze Perez is cautioned for kicking the ball away.

Coutinho crashes his free-kick against the wall and Sturridge gets an overhead kick all wrong.

Christian Atsu fails to benefit from an advantage played after a foul by Gomez and is forced out of play by Matip at the byline.

Yedlin then cuts out a dangerous pass intended for Salah.

A complete miskick from Clark opens the door for Liverpool. The centre-back breathes a sigh of relief as Elliot saves Sturridge's low shot and Salah lifts the rebound over the crossbar.

The second half is upon us. No changes from Benitez or Klopp during the interval.


All square at the break after Joselu's extremely fortunate effort cancels out another sensational strike from Coutinho.



Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool

We will have two minutes of added time at the end of this first half.

Clark and Lovren get physical at a corner and Liverpool's latest appeals for a penalty are dismissed.

Newcastle were behind for just seven minutes as Liverpool concede in calamitous fashion yet again.

Joselu waltzes through a sizeable gap in the middle of the visiting centre-backs and is nicely picked out by Shelvey. Joel Matip eventually catches up with the Spaniard but can only deflect the ball in off his shin.

A big slice of good fortune for the Magpies.


Goal: Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool (Joselu)

Clark does well to prevent Mane from rolling the ball inside for Sturridge before Coutinho sends his latest attempt over the crossbar.

Coutinho had not been too heavily involved in the early exchanges before scoring for a third consecutive game.

After an Alberto Moreno cross is cut out, the fleet-footed Brazilian picks up possession on the left flank and drives beyond Shelvey before unleashing a brilliant 25-yard effort past Rob Elliot.

Completely predictable but utterly unstoppable. He's the new Arjen Robben.

Philippe Coutinho

Goal: Newcastle 0-1 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho)

Ciaran Clark concedes the corner and Wijnaldum, who left Newcastle for Liverpool in 2016, cushions a near-post volley against the woodwork.

That leads to an almighty scramble, with Yedlin producing a block on the line to deny Dejan Lovren. Mane then shoots into the side netting once more.

Newcastle clinging on by their fingernails there. A familiar story for Liverpool.

Salah breaks for Liverpool after a couple of avoidable Newcastle mistakes and a quick pass from Sturridge. However, DeAndre Yedlin does just enough to kill a promising counter.

The Egyptian looked to have a second bite at the cherry but could not get a looping ball under control.

Sturridge appeals for a penalty after his low shot is blocked by Lascelles. Nothing given.

Mane then sends a back-post volley harmlessly into the side netting.

Manquillo looks to have come off worse from a robust aerial challenge with Gomez. He's down and in some discomfort.

Mignolet is called into action once more to deny Matt Ritchie after the former Bournemouth winger collects a low pass from Shelvey.

It's been a positive start from the hosts.

Jamaal Lascelles is the latest Newcastle player to try his luck from range, but Mignolet makes another comfortable stop.

Shelvey shoots straight at Mignolet before Sturridge completely misses the target with an audacious chip from distance.

Some good early noise ringing around St James' Park. The home fans have unveiled a giant Valencia-esque banner in support of Benitez at the Gallowgate End.

St James' Park

Shelvey's effort is blocked by Henderson and Mohamed Salah leads a swift Liverpool counter before playing a sublime through pass for Mane with the outside of his boot.

However, the Senegalese forward's return ball is not up to standard. Sturridge tries to keep the attack alive and is eventually crowded out.

Referee Craig Pawson gets proceedings underway. Both sides are decked out in their familiar home strips, with Newcastle kicking from right to left in this first half.


A minute's applause before kick-off as we remember former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd, who died last week aged 75.


Elsewhere today, Barcelona's La Liga meeting with Las Palmas is taking place behind closed doors at the Nou Camp amid referendum chaos in Catalonia.

You can read more about that here.

It's full-time at Goodison Park, where Jeff Hendrick's goal has secured a 1-0 win for Burnley over Everton. The Clarets prolong their excellent start to the season as the pressure continues to mount on Ronald Koeman.

Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi also netted in a comfortable 2-0 home victory for Arsenal over Brighton earlier this afternoon.


On going up against the club he managed from 2004-10, Benitez said...

It's a special game for me. It will be emotional, because I spent so many years there, and have so many good memories. My family still live in Liverpool, so it is my home.

I have a lot of positive, very good relationships with Liverpool fans, (including) the families connected to Hillsborough. There are a lot of connections, and it will be very emotional.

Here's what Klopp has had to say on his team selection, particularly the decision to have Sturridge spearheading that front three...

It's time, it's Daniel's time. He did well in the training sessions and he had a big impact in the [Leicester] game when he came on. Now it's time to let him off the leash from the beginning.

It will be a hard and tough game, two good sides. Rafa always organises his teams very well – they're very disciplined. It is hard work but that's the only reason we are here.

Klopp makes four changes to the XI that started in Moscow on Tuesday. Simon Mignolet replaces Loris Karius between the posts and Joe Gomez, who was suspended against Spartak, returns at the expense of Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Georginio Wijnaldum is preferred to Emre Can in midfield and Daniel Sturridge - who has scored seven goals in as many career starts against Newcastle - gets the nod over Roberto Firmino.

Daniel Sturridge
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Dominic Solanke is named among the replacements as Jon Flanagan drops out altogether. Captain Jordan Henderson makes his 250th appearance for Liverpool.

Sturridge and Mane for Can and Firmino are the two alterations from the last league fixture at Leicester.

Shelvey does indeed start for Newcastle, with Isaac Hayden dropping to the bench. Chancel Mbemba also makes way for Javier Manquillo.

Lejeune is named as a substitute, although there is no place for Mitrovic.


Official team news from Tyneside is imminent. Stand by...

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is now available again for domestic duties after serving his own three-match ban for that high boot on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson.

Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana are both said to be making good strides in their respective recoveries from back and thigh injuries, although neither are anywhere near ready to play today. Goalkeeper Adam Bogdan also remains out with a long-term knee problem.

Sadio Mane
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Aleksandar Mitrovic is back in contention for Newcastle after serving a three-match suspension for violent conduct handed down following his elbow on Manuel Lanzini during last month's 3-0 win over West Ham.

Summer signing Florian Lejeune has now recovered from an ankle injury sustained on his debut against Tottenham, although fellow defenders Paul Dummett (hamstring) and Massadio Haidara (knee) remain sidelined.

In his pre-match press conference, Benitez said that former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey would get a chance to impress against his old club after making just two cameo appearances since his red card on the opening weekend. However, it remains to be seen if he will start.

Jonjo Shelvey
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It's the Rafael Benitez derby this afternoon as the Spaniard's current side, ninth-place Newcastle, welcome Liverpool to St James' Park for the latest instalment of a goal-laden Premier League rivalry that had its heyday back in the 1990s.

The newly-promoted hosts' run of three consecutive top-flight wins was ended by Brighton last weekend, although they can take suitable encouragement from a strong home record - both recent and historically against today's opponents - and the fact that Benitez has yet to be bested by Liverpool on the four occasions he has come up against them in his illustrious managerial career to date.

Newcastle vs Liverpool

The Reds are two points and two places above the Magpies in seventh, although have won just one of their last six matches in all competitions since thrashing Arsenal in late August. Having successfully avenged their Carabao Cup loss to Leicester last Saturday, they were once again plagued by frustrating profligacy during a 1-1 Champions League draw at Spartak Moscow in midweek.

Leaky Liverpool have won five of their last eight away matches, although the 10 goals they have conceded on the road in 2017-18 marks their worst such record in the Premier League era.

There has not been a goalless draw in this fixture since 1974 and it seems unlikely that run will be broken today. Stay tuned for all the latest team news and confirmed line-ups.

With three games on the schedule for this afternoon, this clash is due to get underway at the slightly later time of 16.30 BST.