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Liverpool 1-1 Newcastle: Joe Willock scores dramatic leveller as Reds slip again at Anfield
Report and highlights as Mohamed Salah opened the scoring but hosts could not double lead; Callum Wilson had 91st-minute goal chalked off for controversial handball law before Joe Willock did eventually equalise with the last kick
Undeterred by a potential piece of VAR injustice, Steve Bruce's side kept going and with their final attack, Willock - who scored the winner in the victory against West Ham last weekend - popped up to strike home a deflected effort (90+5)
Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (6), Kabak (7), Fabinho (6), Robertson (7), Wijnaldum (7), Thiago (8), Jota (5), Firmino (7), Mane (5), Salah (7)
The next they were dancing with delight as fellow benchman Joe Willock drilled home via Fabinho’s hefty deflection and suddenly Liverpool were the ones turning the air blue.
And really they can blame no-one but themselves, after failing to add to Mo Salah’s early strike despite creating chances at will.
Salah’s lashed-in early half volley was all they had to show for a performance in which they totally dominated, but never put to bed.
How Newcastle didn’t cop an absolute caning, Heaven only knows. Had Liverpool taken just a fraction of their chances it would have still approached double figures.
Mind you, how they finished with 11 men was almost as big a surprise as well, after Federico Fernandez planted a first half forearm into the face of Diogo Jota.
The Toon centre-back certainly seemed to size up the Kop striker first, but it went unseen by referee Andre Marriner and ignored by VAR official Andy Madley.
No justice with that, then, and none in the scoreline thanks to Liverpool’s blundering backline and Willock’s persistence.
All Liverpool had to show for their efforts was Salah’s third minute rocket, after a sublime piece of skill to control the ball and spin past Matt Ritchie all in one movement.
Subs: Milner (7), Jones (5)
Newcastle: Dubravka (8), Clark (7), Fernandez (7), Dummett (7), Ritchie (7), Longstaff (7), Shelvey (7), Murphy (8), Almiron (6), Saint-Maximin (8), Joelinton (6)
Subs: Willock (8), Gayle (6), Wilson (7)
Man of the match: Thiago