The Premier League returned after the international break, and Newcastle United were up against second-placed Liverpool.

Liverpool welcomed back Glen Johnson into the starting line-up after missing four Premier League games due to an injury picked up while playing against Manchester United.

They have had a good start to the season and most would have expected them to win the match easily. However, they were lacklustre, especially in the first half.

Newcastle were the better team in the first quarter of the match. And they deservedly went ahead after a spectacular goal from Yohan Cabaye.

But a Steven Gerrard penalty and a red-card to Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for fouling Luis Suarez shifted the momentum of the match towards Liverpool. This goal was a personal milestone for Gerrard as it was his 100th Premier League goal.

After Newcastle were down to 10 men, Liverpool should have won the match. They should have capitalised on the numerical advantage - but they failed to do so.

They had a lot of opportunities to score, especially from set-pieces. But they couldn't capitalise on them. Daniel Sturridge looked off-pace and his finishing was poor on a number of occasions.

Newcastle went ahead through Paul Dummett's first goal for the club, but Sturridge's header after great work from Suarez levelled the scoreline.

There were late chances for Liverpool to win the match but they couldn't find the net and the match ended 2-2.

In the end, Newcastle should be the happier team as they were down to 10 men and were lucky that Liverpool were unable to exploit their poor defending at set-pieces.

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