Suarez on target as Reds draw

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Luis Suarez scored Liverpool's equaliser midway through the second half
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Luis Suarez scored Liverpool's equaliser midway through the second half

Striker Luis Suarez upstaged Steven Gerrard on a landmark day for the Liverpool captain as he underlined his value to Brendan Rodgers' side once again by securing a 1-1 draw against Newcastle.

Gerrard became only the 10th player to make 600 appearances for the club but it was the 25-year-old Uruguay international who stole the show as Newcastle also finished with 10 men after Fabricio Coloccini was sent off late on.

With Liverpool trailing to Yohan Cabaye's fine strike late in the first half, Suarez produced a brilliant equaliser - his seventh goal in nine league matches - but just could not inspire his team to victory. He did preserve Liverpool's impressive unbeaten home record against the Magpies which was extended to 18 league matches - 15 of which were wins.

Liverpool had the early initiative, forcing 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 the first save of note from Suarez after Suso and Nuri 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.

Newcastle then took the lead against the run of play as Andre Wisdom was penalised for a foul throw deep in enemy territory, and 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, becoming the first Newcastle player to score at Anfield since Patrick Kluivert in December 2004.

The home side picked up the tempo and just before the hour Suarez's shot was turned around the post by Krul. The equaliser came from a 50-yard ball out of defence by Enrique as Suarez ran at full tilt under pressure from Coloccini, superbly controlled it on his shoulder, brought it down and quickly side-stepped Krul to roll it into the net.

Suarez almost set up Liverpool's second immediately afterwards when he cut the ball back for substitute Jonjo Shelvey, but he could not get enough on the ball to divert it into the net.

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.

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