Liverpool v Newcastle: The Premier League fixture that always delivers

Liverpool v Newcastle: The Premier League fixture that always delivers

Ahead of the Christmas clash between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on Friday night, Sportsmail takes a look back at some classic encounter”s between two of the top flight”s stalwarts.

April 3, 1996
Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle

The Premier League epic that was voted ‘match of the decade’ and led to Liverpool being dubbed ‘Kings of the Castle’ by fans. A night game under Anfield lights, two sides battling in the title race, Robbie Fowler’s stunning second and a last-minute winner from Stan Collymore. In the words of Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan: ‘After the match I turned to Terry Mac (McDermott, his No 2), and said, “I know I should be disappointed, but I’m elated”.’

Kings of the Castle: Stan Collymore celebrates scoring Liverpool

Kings of the Castle: Stan Collymore celebrates scoring Liverpool”s winner

March 10, 1997
Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle

Less than a year after that famous 4-3 the two sides somehow managed it again at Anfield. Liverpool dominated the first half – led by the exceptional scoring trio of Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler and Patrik Berger – and were 3-0 up by the break. But Newcastle fought back. Three goals in 17 minutes levelled it with two minutes to play but Fowler’s final finish, in injury time, made it ‘Kings of the Castle 2’.

Lightning does strike twice: Robbie Fowler wheels away after scoring Liverpool

Lightning does strike twice: Robbie Fowler wheels away after scoring Liverpool”s winner in 1997

August 30, 1998
Newcastle 1-4 Liverpool

Appointed only a few days before this meeting, Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit decided to watch from a distance in the stands – giving him the ideal perspective to realise how much work he had to do. The home side were bulldozed by a rampant Liverpool, with Michael Owen scoring a hat-trick in the first half.

December 28, 1998
Liverpool 4-2 Newcastle

The season was not going smoothly for Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier and things looked bleak when his side went two goals down to 10-man Newcastle after Didi Hamann was sent off. But Owen terrorised the defence after the break and his second goal put Liverpool in front. Cue the Kop mocking Ruud Gullit for his ‘sexy football’ claims.

Hat-trick: Michael Owen helps Liverpool to a 4-1 win at St James

Hat-trick: Michael Owen helps Liverpool to a 4-1 win at St James” park in 1998

December 28, 2008
Newcastle 1-5 Liverpool

There were two surprises before kick-off – Rafa Benitez left in-form Robbie Keane on the bench and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley took St James’ Park’s ‘for sale’ sign down. It proved a good idea as Liverpool demolished the hosts to cement their place at the top. That keeper Shay Given was voted man of the match says it all. Not a great advert for prospective buyers.

January 1, 1934
Newcastle 9-2 Liverpool

These two were playing classics way back in 1934! This record result from New Year’s Day in front of 17,000 at St James’ Park is the biggest victory in the history of the fixture – and (presumably) gave Newcastle bragging rights for decades. It won’t mean anything come 10pm on Friday night, mind.