WATCH: Nick Pope shown straight red card for CRAZY handball outside his box as Liverpool's Mohamed Salah raced through on goal

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Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope jumped on the ball with his hands way outside of the box against Liverpool on Saturday and was sent off.
  • Liverpool already ahead 2-0
  • Salah gets behind defence
  • Pope makes strange decision out of desperation

WHAT HAPPENED? Mohamed Salah applied pressure on the charging goalkeeper after a long Alisson kick, but it was a strange move from Pope nonetheless as it put Newcastle down a man in the first half with the team already chasing the game.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Pope will now miss the Carabao Cup final against Manchester United to suspension in a devastating personal blow for a 30-year-old who had wanted to play at Wembley Stadium with all eyes upon his club.

AND WHAT'S MORE: The suspension opens the door for an unlikely cup final appearance for Loris Karius, with Martin Dubravka cup-tied.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR NEWCASTLE? The Magpies will face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final on February 26.