The oft-criticised Uruguayan striker breathed new life into his inconsistent Reds career on Tyneside with two clinical finishes 12 minutes apart, the second deep into stoppage time, to snatch the most unlikely victory from the jaws of defeat for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who had earlier appeared on course for their first defeat by Newcastle since 2015.
A costly three-minute spell midway through the first half had looked to prove Liverpool’s undoing at a raucous St James’ Park on Sunday, with the excellent Anthony Gordon punishing a dreadful blunder from Trent Alexander-Arnold shortly before captain Virgil van Dijk then received his first red card for the club for a hard foul on Alexander Isak just outside the penalty area that was deemed to have prevented a clear goalscoring opportunity.
Liverpool could easily have already been down to 10 men after Alexander-Arnold, who endured a mostly wretched afternoon up against the inspired Gordon, was lucky to escape a second quick-fire booking with just minutes on the clock.
The England full-back was shown a yellow card for tossing the ball away after being denied a free-kick despite a barge in the back by Everton starlet Gordon, whom he then sent tumbling to the floor just moments later with an arm across the shoulder as he looked to break down the wing.
However, referee John Brooks declined to give Alexander-Arnold his marching orders, much to the anger of the home crowd.
While Liverpool did then go a man and a goal down, they did well to stay in the game at 1-0 despite a hatful of Newcastle chances and Miguel Almiron twice striking the woodwork, setting the stage for the most epic of comebacks inspired by substitute Nunez.
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