Steven Gerrard is the 24th player in history to score 100 Premier League goals, and the third player to do it for Liverpool. The Reds captain converted a penalty to bring his side level at Newcastle, and to give them the opportunity to come back, take all three points and reclaim the top of the table.
What had seemed such a bright day for the hosts quickly turned dark and dismal. They’d taken the lead in the 23rd minute off an absolutely gorgeous goal from Yohan Cabaye, and their strong defense made it seem like Newcastle would defy the odds and take a win at St. James Park.
But then a ball from Daniel Sturridge sent Luis Suarez free up the right. As the Uruguayan ventured into the area, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa panicked, getting a hand on Suarez’s shoulder and bringing him down. Referee Andre Marriner showed no hesitation when brandishing the red card, and Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
Gerrard stepped up to take the penalty. There was nothing flashy in the 33 year old’s approach, just a simple strike to the left. A diving Tim Krul was unable to reach it, and Liverpool had their equalizer. And Gerrard, an impressive 100 league goals.