Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle: Reds finish second in Premier League

Brendan Rodgers’ side end the campaign with a 2-1 comeback victory at Anfield.

Liverpool finished second in the 2013-14 Premier League season, two points behind leaders Manchester City.

The Reds headed into the final day of the campaign on Sunday still in with a chance of winning the title and staged a 2-1 comeback victory over Newcastle United at Anfield.

However, City’s 2-0 win against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium meant that Manuel Pellegrini’s side won the championship for the second time in three years.

Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool were surprisingly on the back foot in the opening minutes of the encounter at Anfield, as Shola Ameobi tested Simon Mignolet in the 10th minute.

However, eight minutes later the hosts had a goal disallowed. Luis Suarez floated a free kick from the right side of the pitch over Tim Krul and into the net, but the referee chalked it off as he deemed that the Uruguayan striker had taken the set-piece early.

A couple of minutes later Newcastle went ahead when Martin Skrtel headed a cross from the left wing into his own net.

Liverpool had three chances during the remainder of the first half through Daniel Agger, Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, but it remained 1-0 to Alan Pardew’s side at half time.

The Merseyside outfit stepped up their game after the break and scored twice in the space of two minutes to surge in front. First, Agger tucked in Steven Gerrard’s free kick from close range and soon after Sturridge made it 2-1 with a similar goal after connecting with the England captain’s set-piece.

Things went from bad to worse for Newcastle moments later, as Ameobi was sent off for two bookable offences for dissent.

Liverpool continued to dominate proceedings for the rest of the match, with Newcastle finishing the contest with nine men thanks to the dismissal of substitute Paul Dummett three minutes from time for a bad challenge on Suarez.

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