Newcastle United v Liverpool (2019-20)
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HT:1–1
Report
EventPremier League 2019-20
DateSunday 26 July 2020
VenueSt. James' Park, Newcastle
Man of the MatchVirgil van Dijk
RefereeAnthony Taylor
Attendance0
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Newcastle United v Liverpool was a match which took place at the St. James' Park on Sunday 26 July 2020.

Champions Liverpool finished on the second-highest points total in top-flight history as they came from behind to beat Newcastle on the final day of the season.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds accumulated 99 points, one fewer than Manchester City managed two years ago, and one more than Liverpool managed in 1978-79, once the two points they got for a win back then is altered to three.

They finished 18 points above Pep Guardiola's runners-up - one short of City's record winning margin two seasons ago.

Dwight Gayle put Newcastle ahead after 25 seconds from Jonjo Shelvey's free-kick, the fastest goal ever scored on a Premier League final day.

But Liverpool, who left their vaunted front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino on the bench, levelled through Virgil van Dijk's header.

Divock Origi put Liverpool ahead from 20 yards from Andrew Robertson's pass before Senegal forward Mane curled home a late third for the visitors.

In truth it was a game with little on the line, Liverpool's points target aside. They had looked destined to break the 100-point record before the coronavirus break, but they have dropped points four times since - compared to twice beforehand over a significantly longer period.

Liverpool boss Klopp experimented with his selection in their final game of a successful season - with the star-studded front three and right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold left on the bench.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the back-up frontline of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Takumi Minamino and Origi lacked the same threat and quality.

The champions were far from their best, with Minamino's saved effort after 28 minutes their first real chance.

But from that point until the final whistle, the new champions dominated.

Van Dijk equalised when he headed a looping effort into the top corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross - his fifth Premier League goal of the season.

Origi then powered home in the second half to end a 23-game goal drought that stretched back to December.

Salah, Mane and Firmino all came on with 26 minutes to go and Liverpool predictably looked more fluid and dangerous.

Egypt forward Salah drove a shot off the post from a tight angle while Mane cut in from the left from Firmino's ball before adding a late third.

"We played an incredible game, not a perfect game," said Klopp.

"We made so many changes after a long time of playing with similar line-ups. It's not fair to judge (players who came in) because they need to get used to each other's games.

"We really worked in the game and got better and better and better even before the changes. But the changes helped massively.

"I liked the game. It's far away from being perfect but over the season we did not just win games when everything was perfect, we won a lot of difficult games too."

Klopp was happy to see several of his fringe players have a run-out and they are likely to play a key part in the new campaign, not least because with the new season beginning so soon it leaves little chance for a proper break.

Rotation is likely to be crucial next season if they are to become the fourth team to retain the Premier League title.

"Two weeks and a couple of days and we start again," said Klopp. "I'm not going to the office for a while."

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce's frustrations have been clear for a long time.

The Magpies have been safe from relegation for weeks but only picked up two points from their final six games.

They have been in limbo because of the delayed Saudi Arabian takeover, with documents for the deal passed to the Premier League over three months ago.

Newcastle have been struggling with injuries too - and have ended the season with only one fit centre-back in Federico Fernandez. He played alongside full-backs Danny Rose and Javier Manquillo in a back three against Liverpool.

"We've dropped like nine pins over the last few weeks," Bruce told BBC Sport. "I've never known anything like it."

Their game against Liverpool peaked after 25 seconds - although Bruce was happy "we showed up and had a go".

They had a dream start when Gayle latched onto Shelvey's opportunistic quick free-kick and slotted past Alisson, who got a touch to the ball but could not keep it out.

That would be the only time they touched the ball in the Reds' area in the first half.

"We're disappointed that we faded a bit at the death [in recent weeks]," said Bruce.

"We're disappointed not to overtake last year's tally. But if someone said at the start of the season 'would you be happy to finish with seven teams below you?' we'd have taken that.

"But that's not enough. We want to push for the top 10 on a regular basis and not look over our shoulders."

Bruce will find it hard to properly plan for the next Premier League campaign - which starts in just under seven weeks - without knowing who will run the club and how big his budget will be.

"It's in the hands of the Premier League and it's been like that for weeks," Bruce told BBC Sport. "We need a decision and one quickly. How long do we need to make that decision?

"All I want is what's best for this great club. If new owners come in and take the club forward that's what we all want as Newcastle fans."

Match

Details

26 July 2020
15:00 GMT
Newcastle United Newcastle United FC.png 1–3 Liverpool FC.png Liverpool St. James' Park,
Attendance: 0
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Gayle Goal 1' HT:1–1
Report
van Dijk Goal 38'
Origi Goal 59'
Mané Goal 89'
Newcastle United
Liverpool
01 Martin Dúbravka
19 Javier Manquillo
18 Federico Fernández Booked
28 Danny Rose Substituted off in the 74th minute 74'
23 Valentino Lazaro
08 Jonjo Shelvey
42 Nabil Bentaleb Substituted off in the 49th minute 49'
24 Miguel Almirón Substituted off in the 70th minute 70'
11 Matt Ritchie
10 Allan Saint-Maximin Substituted off in the 45th minute 45'
12 Dwight Gayle Substituted off in the 70th minute 70'
Substitutes:
07 Andy Carroll Substituted on in the 70th minute 70'
09 Joelinton Substituted on in the 45th minute 45'
13 Yoshinori Muto
14 Isaac Hayden Substituted on in the 70th minute 70'
22 DeAndre Yedlin
26 Karl Darlow
36 Sean Longstaff Substituted on in the 49th minute 49'
49 Kelland Watts Substituted on in the 74th minute 74'
60 Jack Young
Manager:
Flag of England Steve Bruce
01 Alisson
76 Neco Williams Substituted off in the 85th minute 85'
12 Joe Gomez
04 Virgil van Dijk
26 Andrew Robertson
08 Naby Keïta Substituted off in the 85th minute 85'
05 Georginio Wijnaldum
07 James Milner
15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Substituted off in the 64th minute 64'
27 Divock Origi Substituted off in the 64th minute 64'
18 Takumi Minamino Substituted off in the 64th minute 64'
Substitutes:
03 Fabinho
09 Roberto Firmino Substituted on in the 64th minute 64'
10 Sadio Mané Substituted on in the 64th minute 64'
11 Mohamed Salah Substituted on in the 64th minute 64'
13 Adrián
23 Xherdan Shaqiri
48 Curtis Jones Substituted on in the 85th minute 85'
66 Trent Alexander-Arnold Substituted on in the 85th minute 85'
67 Harvey Elliott
Manager:
Flag of Germany Jürgen Klopp

Man of the Match:
Virgil van Dijk

Assistant referees:
Gary Beswick
James Mainwaring
Fourth official:
Matthew Donohue

Match rules

  • 90 minutes, no extra time or penalties.
  • Three points awarded to winner, none to loser.
  • One point awarded to each in the event of a draw.
  • Nine named substitutes
  • Maximum of five substitutions

Match Stats

Overall Newcastle United Liverpool
Goals scored 1 3
Total shots 3 14
Shots on target 2 6
Ball possession 25% 75%
Corner kicks 2 4
Fouls committed 11 5

See also

External links

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Everton (h) · Shrewsbury Town (a) · Shrewsbury Town (h) · Chelsea (a)

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