Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle: Player ratings as Carvalho rescued the reds from equalizing
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Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle: Player ratings as rescued the reds from equalizing

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Youngster Fabio Carvalho of Liverpool scored in the seventh minute of stoppage time to give the Reds a thrilling Premier League victory over Newcastle.

After Roberto Firmino and Alexander Isak both equalized in the second half, it was left to Roberto Carvalho to seal the victory for Liverpool.


The fact that Isak made his debut right away gave a depleted Newcastle team some much-needed encouragement despite the absence of Bruno Guimaraes, Callum Wilson, and Allan Saint-Maximin as well as Sven Botman and Fabian Schar, who were only fit enough for the bench.

Despite the fact that the visitors were already a threat to launch a counterattack, Liverpool controlled the ball in the early going. A pot-shot by Ryan Fraser that came dangerously near with just under 20 minutes remaining gave Alisson pause.

When Kieran Trippier launched a free kick at the net, Newcastle also received the game’s first shot on goal. Alisson’s gloves were pricked, but it was still aimed directly at the Liverpool goalie.

Luis Diaz quickly carried the ball in from the left, maneuvered around Nick Pope, but under pressure was unable to guide his ensuing shot on goal, leaving Liverpool to rue the massive miss. Because to shoddy defending, Isak was forced to come in too far.

Early in the second half, Isak actually scored again with another exquisite finish from the young Swede. However, a questionable offside call this time disqualified it.

Prior to Harvey Elliott forcing Nick Pope into a commendable stop low to his right, Newcastle were given a hint that the equalizer was imminent. Soon after, Firmino brought Liverpool back into the game with a skilled finish to continue his recent scoring streak. Mohamed Salah had been playing on the outside when he played Firmino in on the right.

As the contest entered its climax, Liverpool’s pressure increased. Pope handed a Diaz piledriver over because he didn’t want to take a chance on trying to catch it.

A six-yard box scramble following a Liverpool corner saw 20-year-old Carvalho adapt magnificently to send the ball into the roof of the goal from an almost impossible position, just when it appeared that Newcastle might withstand the late onslaught.


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