Anfield Match Zone: Kop drown out the boos for ex-Toon star Bellamy
Given he had a much publicised fall-out with Alan Shearer during his time at St James’ Park, it was inevitable Craig Bellamy would be booed by Newcastle fans. He is a hugely popular figure on the Kop, though, and his spiky, fearless approach cemented that position.
He took his goals superbly, provided some terrific crosses and showed again what smart business it was by Kenny Dalglish to take him back to Anfield in August.
Double trouble: Bellamy celebrates in front of the Toon Army
Tiote thriving in the centre
As someone who spent his playing career in the engine room, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew knows the importance of a well-oiled midfield – and Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye dovetailed well once again, scampering after loose balls and always using possession sensibly. Sadly, Cabaye rather soured his display with a gruesome tackle that could have seriously injured Jay Spearing.
Cheick mate: Tiote impressed once more in Newcastle”s midfield
Toon army honour Speedo
The emotion of Gary Speed’s sudden, tragic death remains raw but Newcastle’s fans continue to honour his memory, chanting their former midfielder’s name during the first half.
Reina”s gift is being ever-present
Pepe Reina has become accustomed to clocking up landmarks during his Anfield career and, in seeing out the full game last night, he became the first Liverpool player since David James in 1997 to play in every minute of every Premier League and cup match during a calendar year.
Kop idol: Pepe Reina
The Spaniard has clocked up 48 games in all competitions in 2011, but his hopes of making it a 21st clean sheet were ended by defender Daniel Agger’s first-half own goal.
Cole enjoys homecoming
Joe Cole’s Anfield career may not have worked out as planned but the forward, on loan at Lille, relished returning last night to catch up with old friends while working as a pundit for Sky.
A good day for Stevie
Talk about omens. The 1pm race at Lingfield on Friday was won by a horse called Stevie Gee at odds of 7-2. Liverpool’s captain looked like he had backed a winner himself as he left the pitch on Friday night. Gerrard’s fantastic 30-minute cameo lifted Liverpool’s play on to a different level.