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Andy Hunter was at Anfield. Here’s his report. Thanks for reading this MBM. Nighty night!

Jurgen Klopp gives his verdict to BT Sport. “It was a perfect moment. It was a difficult game. Very passionate, aggressive defending opponent, and it is difficult to pick up the rhythm. Even before we were 1-0 down we looked a bit desperate, so we had to force ourselves to be calm. It was a wonderful goal from the birthday kid. This is the best way to win a football game. I don’t need it every week, but once or twice is really good! We scored on 90 plus eight is the perfect response [to Newcastle’s delaying tactic] and I am really happy about that. But nothing else to say. It is massive, it’s great, we will remember this for years and years.”

He also reports that Jordan Henderson has a hamstring problem.

A gracious Eddie Howe speaks to BT. “It’s painful, that. Oof! That is painful. I’m really proud of my players, the commitment to the game, and the execution of the gameplan. But yeah, that’s very painful. When you’re in the lead here, it becomes a different game and we had to withstand pressure. I don’t remember them having too many clear-cut chances but thought we defended really well. The last goal was a heartbreaker. Everybody did well. Can’t fault anybody, it’s a great effort. It’s a Premier League game, we had players who were fatigued, we had one day’s recovery less than Liverpool. There was no gamesmanship from our perspective, it was just tired bodies. Second half, we wanted to slow the game down, they wanted to quicken it up, so there were natural frustrations against two polar-opposite needs.”

He also reports that Isak went off with “a knock, a dead leg”.

Newcastle’s delaying tactics may have come back to bite them, as Liverpool were permitted over seven minutes to find the winner. But their plan, a masterclass in disruption, nearly worked, and when the pain of last-gasp defeat dies down, they’ll take succour from a gritty defensive performance, and a brilliant debut goal from Alexander Isak, who looks some player. They’re a team only heading in an upward direction. Liverpool meanwhile still aren’t quite themselves, but Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho are two stars in the making, and that result could have kick-started their Premier League campaign, just when all looked lost for them in the title race in August.

Jurgen Klopp pumps his fist a few times! The Kop respond to every one with sheer delight. What drama! Yet another last-gasp win for Liverpool in this fixture, to go alongside the memories of 1996 and 1997. That will taste very sweet, coming at the end of added time to added time … all a result of Newcastle’s somewhat cynical delaying tactics. The hero of the hour Fabio Carvalho, speaks to BT.

“I was just there in the right area. Happily it fell for me. Look at this! These fans kept us going. We just kept going. The fans have helped us so much. I’d like to thank them, because without them this wouldn’t be possible. It was a bit frustrating at times, with their players going down, but let’s not talk about them, let’s talk about us, and how good we were, sticking to our gameplan. We got our deserved win, and hopefully we can build on this.”

FULL TIME: Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle United

Liverpool versus Newcastle, huh? What a fixture this is! Happy birthday to Fabio Carvalho, who turned 20 yesterday. Anfield is bouncing! Newcastle by contrast are understandably deflated. They fall to the floor as one, but this time the ticking clock isn’t their friend. Hoist by their own petard?

90 min +9: Anfield erupts, just like it did all those years ago when Stan Collymore scored at the other end! There’s almost a bench-emptying brawl in the dugout, presumably as a result of celebrations and a full and frank tactical discussion, but it just about calms down. What a stunner!

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates their second goal with his backroom staff.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates their second goal with his backroom staff. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle United (Carvalho 90+8)

The corner’s hit long. Some head tennis at the far stick. Salah battles. The ball drops to Carvalho who spins and absolutely roofs it from close range! Pope had no chance!

Fabio Carvalho fires home Liverpool’s last minute winner.
Whoomp, there it is – Liverpool’s last minute winner. Photograph: Paul Greenwood/Shutterstock
Newcastle United players and fans (left) look dejected after Liverpool’s second goal.
The Newcastle players look gutted. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters
Newcastle United fans react as Liverpool’s Fabio Carvalho celebrates scoring his side’s last minute winner.
As do the Toon Army. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

90 min +7: Newcastle threaten to nick it through Murphy, but his shot is blocked. Liverpool go up and have one last go themselves, Salah’s effort turned around the post. One last corner!

90 min +5: Gomez has a whack that is currently sailing high over Stanley Park. Klopp grins wryly.

90 min +4: The game restarts. Klopp, smiling through frosted teeth, enjoys an ironic back and forth with the fourth official.

90 min +3: Joelinton goes down with cramp. Liverpool opt not to stop the game. Joelinton gets back up. Van Dijk contests a high ball with Pope, who wins the battle. Pope goes down, and demands treatment. Say what you like about this tactic, it’s been a masterclass in disruption. Liverpool have never been allowed to build momentum.

Newcastle United’s Nick Pope claims the ball ahead of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
Newcastle United’s Nick Pope claims the ball ahead of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

90 min +2: Diaz dribbles from the left touchline to the right, but there’s no pass on anywhere for him. Newcastle have defended excellently tonight.

90 min +1: The first of five added minutes ticks by without incident.

90 min: Diaz turns the jets on, preparing to tear clear of Trippier down the left. Tripper does the cynical thing and hangs out a leg, more than happy to take a yellow card. Diaz was otherwise away. From the resulting free kick, wedged down the left by Milner, Carvalho attempts to spin and get a shot on goal. He can only hook wide left.

89 min: Elliott’s persistence wins Liverpool a corner down the right. Tsimikas loops a poor ball straight into Pope’s arms.

88 min: Lascelles is booked for hacking at Elliott’s ankle. The home fans are more irritated by Murphy kicking the ball away. Another free kick. Van Dijk wins a header but not particularly cleanly. Newcastle clear their lines again.

86 min: Up the other end, Willock slices a clearance straight to Fabinho, who isn’t wearing his shooting boots this evening. From the edge of the box, he hoicks an effort meant for the top-right corner high into the stand.

85 min: Anderson’s very first touch draws a foul from Milner as he makes his way down the Newcastle left. Free kick, and now it’s Liverpool’s box that’s loaded with players. Longstaff meets the set piece with weak eyebrows. Liverpool clear.

Newcastle United's Elliot Anderson goes flying after a challenge by Liverpool's James Milner.
Newcastle United’s Elliot Anderson is airborne after a challenge by Liverpool’s James Milner. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

84 min: Newcastle make their third change of the night. Anderson comes on for Almiron.

83 min: Carvalho barrels down the inside-left channel with purpose. Willock barges him over from behind. A free kick, 35 yards out. Everyone lines up on the edge of the Newcastle box. Tsimikas swings it in. The ball breaks to Fabinho, who takes a touch before swiping dismally over the bar.

82 min: Milner’s speculative smack is an easy gather for Pope.

81 min: Longstaff gifts the ball to Salah, just to the right of the Newcastle box. Salah slips infield to Diaz, who takes a first-time shot towards goal. Trippier gets a boot in the way, and the ball balloons harmlessly into the arms of Pope. Newcastle have defended resolutely.

80 min: Diaz drifts in from the left and sends a rising drive towards Pope. The keeper tips over and Newcastle deal with the resulting corner easily enough.

78 min: Joelinton and Lascelles take their turn to go down. Anfield murmurs its disapproval again. Everyone in red rising to the bait.

77 min: Liverpool press Newcastle back, but there are nine black-and-white shirts stationed across the face of their box, and despite much dribbling by Diaz and Elliott, there’s no way through.

75 min: Longstaff is clipped by Fabinho and takes a quick nap near the centre circle. The Liverpool fume is real.

74 min: Tsimikas has the chance to send Carvalho into the Newcastle box from the left, but delays the pass, allowing Almiron to come across and intercept.

72 min: Tsimikas for Robertson is a like-for-like swap. Milner will stand in at right-back for Alexander-Arnold.

70 min: Liverpool’s turn to make a change, and theirs is a triple. Henderson, Alexander-Arnold and Robertson make way for Milner, Tsimikas and Carvalho.



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