It never rains but it pours for Liverpool fans.

A number of supporters received a dousing but VIPs escaped getting drenched after a sprinkler malfunction this morning's Premier League match with Newcastle.

Just before the teams emerged for the second half of the 1-1 draw a jet of water - designed to dampen the pitch - turned itself towards the Main Stand.

Supporters in the first 20 rows of the Paddock got a soaking for at least 30 seconds but the dignitaries - including Reds managing director Ian Ayre - had not yet re-taken their seats in the directors' box and so avoided an unwelcome wet start to the second half.


It put a dampener on their day as Kop legend Steven Gerrard made his 600th appearance for the club.

The Liverpool captain was presented with a special award by former midfielder Gary McAllister before kick-off.

But Luis Suarez ensured the day finished on a bright note for Liverpool by scoring a stunning second-half equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw.