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Nov 4, 2012

Brilliant Suarez goal nets Liverpool a draw

Luis Suarez produced a moment of second-half magic to earn dominant Liverpool a 1-1 draw against Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Uruguayan international upstaged Steven Gerrard on a landmark day for the Liverpool captain as he underlined his value to manager Brendan Rodgers' side once again.

Gerrard made his 600th appearance for Liverpool but was overshadowed at Anfield by Suarez, who produced a wonderful piece of skill to chest down a raking pass and round the goalkeeper in one movement to earn his team a deserved point.

"His first touch from that height was an incredible piece of skill -- he is a world-class striker," said Rodgers.

Fabricio Coloccini was given a straight red card for a lunge on the effervescent Suarez with six minutes left but Newcastle held on, leaving Liverpool languishing in the bottom half of the standings. Newcastle is 10th.

In the other game, Queens Park Rangers and Reading remain winless in the league after 10 games after drawing 1-1, leaving both teams in the bottom three.

At Anfield, Suarez preserved Liverpool's impressive unbeaten home record against the Magpies which was extended to 18 league matches -- 15 of which were wins.

"Suarez is a great player. He was causing us problems and if we could have wrapped him up, we would have won the game," Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said.

It would have been harsh had Newcastle ended that run as Liverpool spent 43 minutes dominating the match, only to be caught with a sucker punch just before halftime.

Liverpool forced a succession of corners and saw shots from Suso and Raheem Sterling either deflected wide or just off target, while Suarez curled a free kick just wide.

Tim Krul made first save of note from Suarez after Suso and Sahin had combined to set him racing down the right, and the striker also headed wide from Gerrard's cross.

Such was Liverpool's dominance and confidence Gerrard attempted a 60-yard free kick in an attempt to catch Krul off his line but it dropped just over -- unlike Xabi Alonso's effort from inside his own half which beat Magpies keeper Steve Harper on this ground in 2006.

Opponents now bide their time, keep a close eye on the Reds' carefully-prepared passing game taking place in front of them and then strike at an opportune moment.

Newcastle did exactly that and when Andre Wisdom was penalized for a foul throw deep in enemy territory, the Magpies swiftly transferred the ball to their right to isolate Hatem Ben Arfa against former Newcastle defender Jose Enrique.

The Frenchman made a thrilling run to the byline and crossed to the far post where Cabaye controlled and smashed a superb half volley past Brad Jones, who became the first Newcastle player to score at Anfield since Patrick Kluivert in December 2004.

Demba Ba's failure to last more than five minutes of the second half was something of a bonus for Liverpool, although he had not really posed much of a threat up to that point.

The home side picked up the tempo and just before the hour, Suarez's shot was turned around the post by Krul, with Sahin's strike bouncing just past the same upright soon after.

Newcastle was restricted to counter-attacks and one could have resulted in a penalty when Skrtel challenged Ba's replacement Sammy Ameobi, but referee Taylor judged it fair as Ameobi appeared to stand on the ball rather than being felled by the defender.

For all Rodgers' insistence on short-passing football, the equalizer came from a 50-yard ball out of defence by Enrique. However, to say it owed a lot to Suarez's brilliance would be an understatement.

The Uruguay international, running at full tilt under pressure from Coloccini, controlled it on his shoulder, brought it down and quickly side-stepped Krul to roll it into the net.

Once again Suarez had ignited Liverpool and when he cut in from the right byline soon afterwards, substitute Jonjo Shelvey could not get enough on the ball to divert it into the net.

Another Liverpool mistake, this time from Enrique, sent Ameobi racing clear but with a two-man overload down Newcastle's right, Ben Arfa shot tamely at Jones.

But Newcastle captain Coloccini put his side under pressure when he raked his studs down the back of Suarez's leg and was sent off with six minutes to go.

Still Suarez could not be contained and a deflected free-kick and freakish bounce almost snatched a bizarre winner in the last minute of added time.

The final whistle saw Newcastle manager Alan Pardew march onto the field to speak to the officials but there was no sustained protest.

Information from Press Association and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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