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Steven Gerrard’s 100th Barclays Premier League goal and a Daniel Sturridge header secured Liverpool a 2-2 draw against 10-man Newcastle United on Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers' side had to twice come from behind to earn a point at St James' Park on a day when Gerrard become the 24th player to reach the milestone of a century of goals in the Barclays Premier League. Strikes from Yohan Cabaye and Paul Dummett had put Alan Pardew’s side ahead, only for Gerrard and Sturridge to equalise.
Cabaye opened the scoring midway through the first half with a dipping strike from long range, but Gerrard brought Liverpool level from the spot after Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had been dismissed for fouling Luis Suarez in the box. Newcastle went back in front with Dummett’s first goal for the club just before the hour, but Sturridge then equalised with 18 minutes remaining after excellent work from Suarez.
Both sides made two changes from their matches before the international break, with Glen Johnson and Aly Cissokho coming in for Raheem Sterling and Jose Enrique, who was ruled out with a knee injury, for Liverpool. Yanga-Mbiwa and Yoan Gouffran were named in the Newcastle side with Alan Pardew dropping Papiss Cisse to the bench. Captain Fabricio Coloccini was unavailable with a groin problem.
There was a tentative start from both teams with a lack of goalmouth action in the opening 20 minutes, but Liverpool looked the more threatening on the counter. But, after Rodgers’ men had wasted two good opportunities from set-pieces, it was Newcastle who opened the scoring in sensational fashion through Cabaye.
The France midfielder received a pass on the halfway line and moved towards goal before arrowing a 35-yard drive past Simon Mignolet into the bottom far corner on 23 minutes.
Gerrard levelled for the visitors from the spot with five minutes of the half remaining after Suarez was felled by Yanga-Mbiwa. The defender was given a red card for denying the Liverpool forward a clear goalscoring opportunity, and Gerrard punished Pardew’s side further as he calmly converted from 12 yards.
Despite being a man short, Newcastle roared back into life in the second half and went back in front just before the hour through Dummett. Cabaye fired a free-kick into the penalty area that Liverpool failed to clear and the substitute ghosted in at the back post to stroke past Mignolet from close range.
Rodgers’ side were back on level terms with 18 minutes to play when Sturridge nodded home a cross from Suarez. Moses combined well with Suarez down the left, and the Uruguayan clipped the ball into the six-yard box for Sturridge to nod in his seventh Barclays Premier League goal of the campaign.
Liverpool had late chances through Jordan Henderson and Suarez but were unable to find a way past an inspired Tim Krul and had to settle for a point.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "I was slightly disappointed that we didn’t see us with 11 men for the 90 minutes. I think we just about deserved a point. Liverpool are a great side and we matched them. We got the goal and that bode really well for an interesting game.
"Mapou thought he [Luis Suarez] was offside and unfortunately we get a guy sent off. We then have to show another side, a resilience and character – and that got questioned about us last year – but we showed that is in the group and I'm immensely proud of the whole day."
"I enjoyed Dummett's goal. The standard is incredibly high so the [young] guys who are playing are at a higher standard than they’ve ever been. Paul's had to come through a lot of players, so it's great for the academy, and for us, he got that goal."
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "We played very well. It's never easy when you play against 10 men but some of our play was outstanding. We had to show character today, coming from being behind twice. Credit to Newcastle, once they got the second goal they sat in and made it very difficult for us, but some of our play as outstanding and the combinations in our game was very good. A point at St James' Park won't be the worst result you can get."
"It's a huge pleasure [to work with Gerrard]. He gets a lot of praise for his captaincy, but what people sometimes forget is that he's a world-class player. At 33, he's so professional and you see some of his quality today. He's always right on the money, a wonderful man and a great player."
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