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Touchline clash erupts between Liverpool and Newcastle benches as Fabio Carvalho eighth-minute stoppage-time winner sparks controversy


A touchline clash has erupted between Liverpool and Newcastle after the Reds snatched a 2-1 victory in the death.

Fabio Carvalho struck in the eighth minute of injury time, with just five added, sending the Liverpool bench into a frenzy.

There was a disagreement between the two benches
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He completed a spectacular comeback for the hosts after Magpies debutant Alexander Isak opened the scoring for the visitors and had a second marginally ruled out for offside.

Roberto Firmino equalized and Carvalho broke Toon’s heart, before some unsavory scenes broke out on the sidelines.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remained in his technical zone, but a number of his coaches appeared to celebrate in the direction of the Newcastle bench.

Stadium security was forced to intervene as members of both benches yelled at each other and had to be separated.

This follows an already infamous brawl between Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and Tottenham manager Antonio Conte earlier this month.

Unlike this match, there were sporting handshakes between Klopp and his full-time counterpart Eddie Howe.

Touchline clash erupts between Liverpool and Newcastle benches as Fabio Carvalho eighth-minute stoppage-time winner sparks controversy
Carvalho’s goal drove Anfield wild
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The disagreement appeared to stem from the moment of the goal, with Newcastle feeling time was up, after Liverpool complained about their opponents wasting time.

Asked about the Magpies’ tactics, Klopp said: “The perfect answer was to score in the 98th minute. Nothing more to say.”

Meanwhile, Howe said: “When you’re up front here it naturally becomes a different game. We had to resist the pressure, we had to defend very, very well and we did that for great periods – I don’t really remember them having too many clear chances.

“Yes, they had chances, they had long shots, but I think we defended very well. The last goal was really heartbreaking for us.

Touchline clash erupts between Liverpool and Newcastle benches as Fabio Carvalho eighth-minute stoppage-time winner sparks controversy
The Liverpool coaching staff appeared to boost Newcastle’s bench
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Reacting on the Sports Bar, former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara shared Newcastle’s frustration over added time.

He said: “It’s a big club thing. Just as Sir Alex Ferguson always gets extra time, Liverpool gets it. It’s Klopp time!

“The corner should never have happened, there were five extra minutes, Nick Pope went down for 30 seconds and the referee played eight.”

However, former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy insisted Newcastle had only themselves to blame.

“Here’s who you blame,” he said. “You blame the defense and the players who don’t handle the free kick.”

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