- Liverpool with 68 percent possession
- Newcastle leads shots on target 4-2
- Coutinho scores beauty
- Joselu equalizes
Rafa Benitez took a point from his old pals Liverpool as the favorite Reds drew Newcastle United 1-1 on Sunday at St. James Park.
Liverpool rises seventh with 12 points, while Newcastle sits ninth with 10.
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Rafa remembered his Liverpool roots, and there was certainly a pro-Benitez buzz from all four corners of the stadium ahead of the match.
Shelvey cued Matt Ritchie up for a left-footed shot that wasn’t much of a problem for Mignolet.
The Reds grew into the game, and their fine attackers looked a cut above the Magpies back line (though Jamaal Lascelles stood tall at the back).
Liverpool’s mysterious finishing problems continued on a 23rd minute corner, with a post hit, a point-blank chance missed, and two more attempts off the mark.
But then, oh my, Coutinho. Given some room by Shelvey, Coutinho moved to his right and curled a near post shot past a flying Elliot and into the top corner.
Yet Newcastle leveled the score thanks to an outstanding through ball
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A Ciaran Clark error gave Sturridge an amazing chance that Elliot saved, and Salah put the rebound well over the goal.
The Magpies had a decent series of chances around the hour mark, but couldn’t quite orchestrate a quality final shot.