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    Newcastle United 2-0 Liverpool Match Report. Newcastle shock Klopp as Wijnaldum inspires Toon victory

    By Ryan Carter. Twitter: @TheRyanJCarter

    Newcastle United produced a huge upset to claim a 2-0 victory over an in form Liverpool side at St James’ Park.

    Liverpool had not lost an away game in any competition under the leadership of new manager Jurgen Klopp, with the Reds claiming impressive wins against Southampton and Manchester City in recent weeks.

    However an inspired performance from Newcastle and Gini Wijnaldum in particular saw the Merseyside team outplayed on Tyneside.

    A Martin Skrtel own goal brought on by Wijnaldum, who then produced a fine chip over Simon Mignolet to provide the second, proved to be the difference as Steve McClaren’s team claimed all three points.

    It was Liverpool who started the better of the two sides, as the subjected Newcastle to immense pressure from the start, as McClaren’s side were made to defend multiple corners early on.

    But despite some shaky defending in the opening stages, the Magpies were playing with far more determination and confidence than they had shown in recent fixtures.

    It was Liverpool who had the game’s first big scoring chance however, as the Reds were awarded their fourth corner on the 21 minute mark.

    Dejan Lovern headed the ball down from the corner into the path of Christian Benteke, who looked destined to open the scoring from only yards out, but the Belgian somehow failed to find the target.

    Both sides pushed forward and applied relentless pressure to their opponent’s defences but there were no shots on target from either side in the first half.

    The hosts should have prevented that in the final five minutes of the first half however, as both Papiss Cisse and Chancel Mbemba missed great chances to give Newcastle the lead.

    First Cisse found himself with just Martin Skrtel to beat while running into the attacking third but the Senegalese striker took too long to pull the trigger and was soon crowded out by the retreating Liverpool defence.

    Then Jack Colback swung in a Newcastle corner which was flicked on towards Mbemba who should have found the back of the net but instead headed over the crossbar.

    Liverpool finished the half with the last big chance of the game when Jordan Ibe, who was the Red’s most dangerous looking player of the half, cut in from the left and fired just over Rob Elliot’s goal.

    McClaren would have been pleased with what he had seen from his side in the opening 45 minutes but there was still all to play for after the break.

    At 0-0, Liverpool still possessed a very strong threat and with Daniel Sturridge on the away bench, Klopp still had plenty of ammunition to call upon from the dugout.

    There was a steady start to the second half, with no clear cut chances created in the opening minutes.

    The closest any team came to troubling a goalkeeper in the first five minutes of the half came when Wijnaldum fired wide at the near post from a Moussa Sissoko cross.

    Klopp made a change just after the hour mark, in the hope that some fresh legs could see his side provide an answer to a Newcastle team who were playing with passion.

    On came Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge to give the hosts something to think about but the Magpies continued to look the better side and they were soon rewarded for their passionate play.

    Wijnaldum collected the ball from the right but looked to have lost his chance to strike when Cisse got in the way of the midfielder.

    However the Dutchman held the ball well and worked some space for himself, before firing an effort at goal which deflected off Skrtel and into the back of the net.

    The goal seemed to hinder Newcastle in a way, as the players opted to sit back and defend instead of getting forward to grab another and allowed Liverpool plenty of possession of the football.

    Klopp’s side did soon find the back of the net through Alberto Moreno, but the defender’s effort counted for nothing as the linesman’s flag was raised.

    The call looked to have been harsh from the official however, as the Spaniard appeared to be level with Paul Dummett when the ball was played to the Liverpool man.

    Geordies everywhere were looking at their watches as the final minutes of normal time ticked down but groans echoed around St James’ Park when five minutes of stoppage time was revealed.

    But the Toon Army need not worry, as Sissoko breezed past Moreno and found Wijnaldum who produced a beautiful chipped finish over Mignolet to seal victory for the Magpies.

    Next up for Newcastle is a tough trip to the Capitol, as they take on high-flying Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane next weekend.

    As for Liverpool, the Reds travel to Switzerland in midweek to face FC Sion in the Europa League, before returning to Premier League action to host West Brom at Anfield next Sunday.

    Player Ratings

    Newcastle United:

    Rob Elliot: 7

    Daryl Janmaat: 8

    Fabricio Coloccini: 8

    Chancel Mbemba: 8

    Paul Dummett: 8

    Vurnon Anita: 7

    Jack Colback: 7

    Moussa Sissoko: 8

    Gini Wijnaldum: 9

    Siem de Jong: 7

    Papiss Cisse: 7

    Subs: Perez: 7,Gouffran: 7, Thauvin: 7


    Mignolet: 5, Clyne: 6, Skrtel: 5, Lovren: 5, Moreno: 6, Allen: 6, Lucas: 5, Firmino: 5, Ibe: 7, Milner: 6, Benteke: 5

    Subs: Lallana: 5, Sturridge: 5, Origi: 5
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