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Sunday, 28 April 2013

WHO NEEDS LUIS SUAREZ?

Somethings definitely happens for a reason. Liverpool began life without their star striker Luis Suarez who have provided most of the goals for Liverpoolfc this season. But who could believe what happened at St. James park yesterday or to whom can the story be told to?
The Reds completely overran Alan Pardew's Magpies, with braces from Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge coming inbetween Daniel Agger's opener and Fabio Borini's late strike.
The result left the Merseysiders still eight points behind the automatic Europa League qualifying position with just three matches remaining, while they have also played a game more than fifth-placed Tottenham.

The Toon, meanwhile, find themselves in 16th and just five point above the relegation zone, having also played a game more than the four teams below them.
Brendan Rodgers' side began life without Suarez, who picked up a 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic, but showed no signs of missing the Uruguayan, taking the lead moments after the kick-off when Agger's looping header from Stewart Downing's cross nestled in the top corner.
Former Sunderland midfielder Henderson then doubled the lead when he finished into an empty net following good work from Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.

James Perch should have halved the deficit after 36 minutes when he headed Massadio Haidara's cross wide from six yards. A double substitution from Alan Pardew at half-time injected some urgency into Newcastle's play and the game appeared to swing in their favour.

But on 54 minutes Liverpool caught the Magpies on the break and Sturridge increased the lead with a composed finish. Sturridge added his second and Liverpool's fourth on the hour mark with a reverse of the second goal as he turned Henderson's pass into an open goal.

Substitute Borini scored his first Premier League goal for the Reds in clinical fashion when he replaced Steven Gerrard and fired past Rob Elliot within a minute of coming on.

Newcastle fans poured out of the exits but it got even worse for the home side when Mathieu Debuchy was sent off for a second bookable offence and, from the resulting free-kick, Henderson's cross somehow found its way into the bottom corner.

Coutinho was inches away from adding a seventh when Elliot turned his long-range strike on to the crossbar, but the humiliation had already been completed.

The defeat is Newcastle's worst at home since the 1920s.
This victory will no doubt bring a fresh breath of life at Anfield and make them believe that there is life without Luis Suarez after all.

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