Fabio Carvalho’s last-gasp strike gave Liverpool a dramatic win as Newcastle United looked set to secure a point at Anfield.


Newcastle United’s new £60m striker Alexander Isak crowned an impressive debut with a goal to give Eddie Howe’s side the lead seven minutes before the break

The signing from Real Sociedad, who only received visa clearance to play hours before kick-off, had a second ruled out for offside before Liverpool mounted the comeback that ended with a familiar Anfield finale.

Liverpool were never at their best after Saturday’s 9-0 thrashing of Bournemouth but they maintained the pressure and were back on level terms just after the hour when Roberto Firmino sent a crisp finish beyond Newcastle keeper Nick Pope from Mohammed Salah’s pass.

And with only seconds left, substitute Carvalho pounced at the far post after Newcastle failed to clear a corner to give Jurgen Klopp’s side victory.

Liverpool fighting spirit wins through
Liverpool have a long history of late Anfield winners and this was another one to add to the list as victory was snatched from a disappointing draw.

Klopp’s side struggled to mount any momentum in the face of Newcastle’s stubborn resistance, as well as what the Liverpool bench and Anfield regarded as blatant time-wasting tactics.

That made it even more ironic that the winner came so late.

It was Carvalho, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Tuesday, who scored the headline-grabbing winner but it was another Liverpool youngster, Harvey Elliott, who took the fight to Newcastle as Anfield’s anxiety mounted.

The 19-year-old was always probing, demanding the ball, driving Liverpool forward when his more experienced and illustrious colleagues could not make an impact.

Even Virgil van Dijk was not safe from Anfield’s ire when he played a couple of lazy long passes in the second half but all was well that ended well as Carvalho emerged from a scramble to fire home the winner.

It may only be five games into the season but it was enough for Klopp to bring out his trademark fist pumps in front of the Kop.


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