Liverpool vs Newcastle: Reds strike very, very, very late to win


Liverpool wore down their visitors but needed more than seven minutes of stoppage time to find a Fabio Carvalho winner in a 2-1 comeback win over previously-unbeaten Newcastle United at Anfield on Wednesday.

Magpies record-signing Alexander Isak gave the visitors a 38th-minute lead and later had another chalked off by a razor-thin offside in a promising debut.

Liverpool gets a second win to go with two draws from five matches, while Newcastle’s first loss comes after one win and three draws.


Newcastle was without Bruno Guimares, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Callum Wilson in this match of two injury-hit sides (one with quite a bit more depth).

But Roberto Firmino scored his third goal in two games, this one off a Mohamed Salah assist, to tie the game with a half-hour to play, and Carvalho lashed home off a scrum in the box.

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What we learned from Liverpool vs Newcastle

Time-wasting complaints benefit Liverpool: Newcastle was gassed and goalkeeper Nick Pope joined weary Newcastle players in staying down on the grass at many points in the second half. That meant five minutes of stoppage time and Jurgen Klopp’s complaints — and pregame speech — about Newcastle timewasting got Liverpool into the seventh minute of stoppage time before Carvalho scored his memorable goal.

Newcastle is good: Bruno Guimares and Allan Saint-Maximin didn’t pass their fitness tests, Jonjo Shelvey’s out for a while, and Callum Wilson’s not ready to go either. Eddie Howe had a plan, sure, and Isak got his work permit, yes, but a changed center back pairing of Dan Burn and Jamaal Lascelles not only rested Sven Botman and Fabian Schar but it worked for long periods of this match. Miguel Almiron did the running of two Allan Saint-Maximins and Joe Willock had a good day, too. Nick Pope was the biggest part of the near-point, though, which will test Newcastle into the weekend. The Magpies came so close to saying they’d taken points from both Man City and Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s on edge: Any joviality the living legend’s shown the media has been for show, as the German manager was kicking every ball and arguing almost every call. That translated to the pitch where Jordan Henderson served as his spirit animal, the ex-Sunderland man bringing a mini-Tyne-Wear derby to the pitch (Joelinton and Newcastle-grown Sean Longstaff were happy to join him). Newcastle’s had a fine start to the season but we can assure you Klopp did not figure on dropping points to Fulham, Crystal Palace, and (almost) a shorthanded Newcastle this season. And honestly they probably didn’t figure on losing to Manchester United, either. This win will be an earned relief but training’s still gonna be tough as Klopp gets his men back in order.

Darwin Nunez has a fight on his hands: Liverpool’s big summer boy is a force but his three-match ban for a red card has allowed Roberto Firmino to feature between Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah. Firmino had five goal contributions in the 9-0 win over Bournemouth to go with his cool finish on Wednesday. Don’t expect Nunez is slide right back into the XI.

Jurgen Klopp asked about Newcastle time-wasting

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp definitely wanted to be asked about Newcastle time-wasting, because he warned about it before the game and did not give a no-comment.

“You said it. I think that we scored in 90+8 is the perfect response to that to be honest,” Klopp said. “I’m really happy about that but nothing else to say.”

Klopp on a 9-0 win followed by one that takes 90+

“Difficult game. Very passionate, aggressive defending opponent. It’s difficult to pick up the rhythm from a game where everything clicked immediately into a game where everything didn’t click immediately.”

Tactical focus

Eddie Howe still had a plan and it sure did work. As astutely pointed out by Danny Higginbotham on USA Network at halftime, Longstaff or a teammate dropped into a back three when Newcastle had the ball and that allowed its talented fullbacks, Matt Targett and Kieran Trippier, to get more involved in attack. It was Longstaff who cued up Isak’s goal.

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Stars of the Show

Nick Pope: Absolute control of the Newcastle box.

Harvey Elliott: Buzzes around like a slightly younger Martin Odegaard.

Fabio Carvalho: Joined Elliott in making sure Liverpool’s youth recruitment from Fulham’s impressed a-plenty.

Roberto Firmino: Not that he’s ancient, but class is permanent.

Alexander Isak: One goal that counted and another that was just offside will give Newcastle fans hope that this record-signing won’t simply become a box-to-box signing like Joelinton (who’s now looks worth that money for his midfield skills).

Jamaal Lascelles: Seven clearances on the day.

What’s next?

Liverpool — and oh you’ll hear about the kickoff time — visits Everton for the Merseyside derby at 7:30am ET Saturday (which also gives the Reds plenty of time to prep for Napoli in the UEFA Champions League next week.

Newcastle has no such schedule encumberances and hosts Crystal Palace in what should be an 11am ET Sunday beauty.

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Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup options

Harvey Elliott passes fit to start while Curtis Jones and Joel Matip are good enough for the bench. Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ibrahima Konate, Naby Keita, Calvin Ramsey, Caoimhin Kelleher, and Diogo Jota are out injured. Darwin Nunez is suspended.

Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

Some good news for Newcastle, as record signing Alexander Isak has his work permit and Kieran Trippier is ready. But the Magpies won’t have Allan Saint-Maximin and Bruno Guimares, who did not get through fitness tests, and were already without Jonjo Shelvey, Callum Wilson, and Emil Krafth. Eddie Howe may’ve put his eggs in the Wolves basket, because he’s giving a run to Jamaal Lascelles and Dan Burn instead of Fabian Schar and Sven Botman.

Erling Haaland injury: Manchester City assess star


Manchester City star Erling Haaland left the Norway squad during the international break after suffering a groin injury.

Our partners in the UK at Sky Sports News say that Haaland missed team training on Thursday, less than 48 hours before the huge game against Liverpool this weekend.

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Haaland, 22, joined up with Norway for their EURO 2024 qualifiers but has been sent back to Manchester City for treatment.

That meant he went to Marbella and then Barcelona in Spain for specialist treatment and he is now back in Manchester recovering from the groin injury he picked up against Burnley.

The Norwegian striker has been in stunning form in recent weeks, scoring nine goals in his last three games in all competitions for City (including five against RB Leipzig in the Champions League and a hat trick against Burnley in the FA Cup) before the break.

He has scored 42 (yes, forty two) goals in all competitions for Man City this season.

However, Pep Guardiola and Man City now face an anxious wait as an injury to Erling Haaland is the last thing they wanted before a pivotal final few months of the season as they chase the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble.

What is the latest update?

Norway’s team doctor, Ola Sand, gave an update on Haaland’s injury.

“We hoped that this was just a familiarity that would carry over to Saturday, but after doing tests and examinations yesterday it became clear that he will not make it to the games against Spain and Georgia,” Sand said. “It is better that he receives medical follow-up at the club.”

Norway face Spain on Saturday and Georgia next Tuesday, so it seems like Haaland is in a race to be fit for Man City’s games after the international break.

Which games could he miss?

After the international break Man City are playing in the first game of the weekend as they host Liverpool on Saturday, Apr. 1 at the Etihad Stadium.

It seems like Haaland could be struggling to be fully fit for that game, and maybe even the trip to Southampton on Apr. 8, so Pep Guardiola may choose to rest him for their massive UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Bayern Munich on Apr. 11.

Given the form Haaland is in right now, it will be a blow for City if he does miss the next few games but the last thing they want is any long-term damage. Plus, it’s helpful to have the likes of World Cup winner Julian Alvarez in reserve to step in for Haaland.

Premier League relegation history – What do the stats tell us about this season?


With nine teams currently separated by four points, from 20th to 12th places, the 2022-23 Premier League relegation scrap is not only set to last until the final day, but the final two months of the season are sure to be one of the wildest roller-coaster rides of all time.

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Three clubs will be relegated from the Premier League (and replaced by three teams from the EFL Championship, of course) at season’s end. Never before have this many clubs been this close to the bottom-three, and the bottom of the table, at this point of a season.

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Below is everything you need to know about the relegation scrap set to unfold over the final eight weeks of the 2022-23 season…

Who are the clubs in this year’s Premier League relegation scrap?

Crystal Palace – 27 points, 12th place
Wolves – 27 points, 13th place
Leeds – 26 points, 14th place
Everton – 26 points, 15th place
Nottingham Forest – 26 points, 16th place
Leicester – 25 points, 17th place
West Ham – 24 points, 18th place
Bournemouth – 24 points, 19th place
Southampton – 23 points, 20th place

What was the magic number to avoid relegation in recent seasons?

2022: 36 points
2021: 29 points
2020: 35 points
2019: 35 points
2018: 34 points
2017: 35 points
2016: 38 points
2015: 36 points
2014: 34 points
2013: 37 points
2012: 37 points
2011: 40 points
2010: 31 points
2009: 35 points
2008: 36 points

When was the last time each club was relegated from the Premier League/top flight?

Fulham: 2021 (promoted 2022 – 1 season in PL)
Bournemouth: 2020 (promoted 2022 – 1 season)
Aston Villa: 2016 (promoted 2020 – 4 seasons)
Newcastle: 2016 (promoted 2017 – 6 seasons)
Wolves: 2012 (promoted 2018 – 5 seasons)
West Ham: 2011 (promoted 2012 – 11 seasons)
Southampton: 2005 (promoted 2012 – 11 seasons)
Crystal Palace: 2005 (promoted 2013 – 10 seasons)
Leeds: 2004 (promoted 2020 – 3 seasons)
Leicester: 2004 (promoted 2014 – 9 seasons)
Manchester City: 2001 (promoted 2002 – 21 seasons)
Nottingham Forest: 1999 (promoted 2022 – 1 season)
Chelsea: 1988 (promoted 1989 – 34 seasons)
Brighton: 1983 (promoted 2017 – 6 seasons)
Tottenham: 1977 (promoted 1978 – 45 seasons)
Manchester United: 1974 (promoted in 1975 – 48 seasons)
Liverpool: 1954 (promoted 1962 – 61 seasons)
Everton: 1951 (promoted 1954 – 69 seasons)
Brentford: 1947 (promoted 2021 – 2 seasons)
Arsenal: 1913 (promoted 1915 – 103 seasons)

How many games remaining between relegation candidates?

There are 23 remaining head-to-head matchups between the nine teams currently in the relegation battle.

Crystal Palace: 8 games (1 against every other team)
Wolves: 4 games
Leeds: 5 games
Everton: 4 games
Nottingham Forest: 4 games
Leicester: 6 games
West Ham: 5 games
Bournemouth: 6 games
Southampton: 4 games

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Ever Wonder what happened to Leicester City’s title-winning team?


Our ‘Ever Wonder’ series will run throughout the 2022-23 Premier League season and focuses on key stories behind the history, tradition and culture of all 20 Premier League clubs.

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Have you ever sat there and wondered why certain chants became iconic at a club? Why a team has a certain nickname? Why they play in those colors? How they were founded? Yep, us too.

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This season we will be digging deep to tell the stories of the rich history, tradition and culture from around the Premier League and give you the answers to things you want to know more about.

Ever Wonder where the Leicester title-winning team is now?

With odds of 5000-1 to win the Premier League title in 2015-16, Leicester City pulled off one of the greatest shocks in sports history.

But have you ever wondered ‘hey, what is that Leicester team up to now? What happened to them?’

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Club legends and captains

After captaining them to FA Cup glory and being the main man in recent years, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel left Leicester in 2022 and is now starring for Nice in France.

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Right back Danny Simpson, center backs Robert Huth and Wes Morgan and left back Christian Fuchs have all retired with the latter playing for Charlotte FC in MLS in 2022.

Morgan lifting the Premier League trophy alongside beloved manager Claudio Ranieri, who is still coaching in Italy in Serie B with Cagliari, is an image that is in sporting folklore.

Superstars move on to even more glory

In midfield, N’Golo Kante has gone on to win the Premier League again and Champions League, among other trophies, with Chelsea. Internationally – he started every game for France as they won the World Cup in 2018.

His midfield partner at Leicester – Danny Drinkwater – also joined Chelsea, but is currently without a club after loan moves across the Premier League, Turkey and the Championship.

Winger Riyad Mahrez is a star at Manchester City, winning three more Premier League titles, while on the other wing, Marc Albrighton left Leicester on loan in January 2023 for West Bromwich Albion in the Championship but is still contracted to the club.

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Veterans still plugging away and one continues to party…

Striker Shinji Okazaki is playing in Belgium for Sint-Truiden, while fellow forward Leonardo Ulloa retired after spells in Mexico and Spain.

Meanwhile – veteran striker Jamie Vardy is of course still at Leicester, and will forever go down as a club legend.

He played a key part in their FA Cup triumph and recent European exploits, and won the Premier League Golden Boot award three years ago. He never misses a party.

As for the other key contributors off the bench, Demarai Gray is at Everton, Jeffrey Schlupp is at Crystal Palace, Ben Chilwell is at Chelsea and is England’s second-choice left back, Richie de Laet is still playing at Royal Antwerp, Andy King is at Bristol City and Nathan Dyer has retired.

Wherever they are now, this group of players will always be known as the team who pulled off one of the greatest upsets the sporting world has ever seen.

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Arsenal title tracker – What do Gunners need to win the Premier League?


Eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table with 10 games to go, what do Arsenal need to win their first Premier League title in 19 years?

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Mikel Arteta has his young side on the cusp of a pretty remarkable and very unexpected Premier League title win.

With a solid defensive unit, perfectly balanced midfield and the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard having fine campaigns in the final third, there is so much to love about this Arsenal team.

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But how, and when, can Arsenal seal the Premier League title they crave? How many points do they need to gain? What are the scenarios based on their huge game against Manchester City in April?

How many points do Arsenal need to win the Premier League title?

With 10 games remaining, there are many different ways the Gunners can win the Premier League title.

In its simplest form: if Arsenal win nine of their final 10 games they will be crowned Premier League games.

The magic number for Arsenal to reach is 95 points. If they reach 95 points, Manchester City cannot catch them.

But if Man City beat Arsenal in their huge game at the Etihad on April 26 and win their game in-hand, Arsenal will need to win all nine of their other remaining game to be sure of the title. That would give them 96 points and Man City could only finish on 94.

If Arsenal drew against Man City then Man City could only finish on a maximum of 92 points. That means Arsenal would need eight wins from their remaining nine games to win the title as they would have 94 points.

If Arsenal win at Man City then Man City would only be able to reach 91 points. So, Arsenal would only have to win seven of their other nine remaining games to seal the title.

All of this proves just how massive the Manchester City vs Arsenal game on April 26 is in deciding the title winner.

When did Arsenal last win the Premier League?

They last won the Premier League title in the 2003-04 season, the famous ‘Invincibles’ campaign as they didn’t lose any of their 38 games that season.

Think Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg, Sol Campbell and Robert Pires in full flow and Arsene Wenger with a huge smile on his face on the sidelines. Magnificent.

When did Arsenal last win a trophy?

The last trophy Arsenal won was the FA Cup in the 2019-20 season, they also won the FA Community Shield in 2020.

Both of those trophies were won by current boss Mikel Arteta.

Which trophies have Arsenal won?

Here are the list of trophies the Gunners have won in their history:

  • FA Cup (14 – Record)
  • Premier League/First Division titles (13)
  • League Cup (2)
  • FA Community Shield (16)
  • European Cup Winners’ Cup (1)
  • Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (1)