Newcastle star set for fine

OFF: Moussa Sissoko
OFF: Moussa Sissoko

MOUSSA Sissoko faces a club fine after being sent off at Anfield last night.

The club’s stand-in captain will miss the next two games after being dismissed for two bookable offences.

I actually said to the guys before the game that I think on the last five visits to Anfield we’ve had somebody sent off.

Sissoko was shown a second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Lucas Leiva.

And Newcastle head coach John Carver – whose side lost 2-0 – felt the midfielder was fortunate not to be shown a straight red by referee Lee Mason and banned for an extra game.

Sissoko will miss Sunday’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur and the visit of Swansea City to St James’s Park on April 25.

And the 25-year-old faces a “disciplinary procedure”, according to Carver, who will have captain Fabricio Coloccini back from suspension for the Tottenham game.

“I’m sure there’ll be some sort of disciplinary procedure, definitely,” said Carver.

“I actually said to the guys before the game that I think on the last five visits to Anfield we’ve had somebody sent off, or something like that.

“I said before the game we needed to keep 11 players. It’s hard enough playing 11 v 11.

“He’s been fortunate to get away with it.”

Sissoko – whose performance in Newcastle’s Wear-Tyne derby defeat eight days earlier had angered fans – had been booked minutes earlier.

And Carver told Sissoko he was fortunate not to have been shown a red in the dressing room after the game.

“We’re slightly fortunate he got a yellow,” said Carver. “It could have been a straight red, I’ll be honest.

“I’ve said that to Moussa. I’m not saying anything that I haven’t said to him.

“I am quite straight, and I won’t defend anybody if it’s undefendable.”

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, meanwhile, admitted the win was much needed as Liverpool put themselves back in the Champions League race after back-to-back league defeats.

“We knew it was an important game for us,” Henderson said. “Obviously the last couple of weeks in the Premier League have been disappointing both with performances and results.

“We knew today we needed to put that right and I think we did that with a great result for us.”

“We’ve got ground to make up but we’ll just keep going, keep winning in games and putting in performances,” he said. “Come the end of the season, you never know.”