- Liverpool secured a crucial 4-2 win over Newcastle United on Tuesday night
- Mohamed Salah, who missed a penalty in the first half, scored two goals after the break in a relentless and frantic game at Anfield Stadium
On Tuesday, Liverpool secured a crucial 4-2 win during the Liverpool vs Newcastle game to move three points at the top of the Premier League table.
Mohamed Salah, who missed a penalty in the first half, scored two goals after the break in a relentless and frantic game at Anfield Stadium. The Egyptian’s first strike was his 150th Premier League goal since joining Liverpool during the 2017 summer transfer window.
Curtis Jones and Cody Gakpo found the back of the net within four minutes to give Liverpool a 3-1 lead after Alexander Isak had equalized for Newcastle United. Sven Botman pulled one back for the visitors before Salah sealed the win with a penalty in the 86th minute to ensure Liverpool secured a comfortable victory on New Year.
The Reds posted 34 shots during the Liverpool vs Newcastle match to a backdrop of 7.27 of expected goals, which is the most created by one side in a Premier League game since 2010 when Opta started recording data. The Reds’ victory means they are unbeaten at Anfield in the last 22 games.
Speaking after the match, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp described his team’s performance as sensational.
“It was a sensational game from my team. We started extremely lively. Everyone saw Dubravka’s performance, and we ourselves made sure the score didn’t get too clear. Super game. I loved so many aspects of the game, bar the goals we conceded.” BBC Sports quotes Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool have started 2024 with a bang and are one of the teams to catch. However, they will lose their key player in front, Mo Salah, who will be heading to the Africa Cup of Nations and could be absent for up to six weeks.
Liverpool Vs Newcastle
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made four changes to his team that beat Burnley a few days ago, with Dominic Szoboszlai and Ibrahima Konate among those returning. On the other hand, Eddie Howe made just two changes to the team that surprisingly lost to Nottingham Forest. Kieran Trippier made way for Tino Livramento and Miguel Almiron was replaced by Joelinton.
From the first whistle, this game was dominated by Liverpool and it was quite surprising that they didn’t score in the first half despite recording a league-high 18 shots. Trent Alexander-Arnold had an effort deflected wide before Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka denied Darwin Nunez from a promising position.
Luis Diaz thought he had put Liverpool in front afterwards, but fortunately for Newcastle, the goal was ruled out for offside in the build-up. Mo Salah then had a golden opportunity from the penalty spot but had his effort saved. This was the winger’s fourth penalty miss in his last ten taken.
Well, the save by Dubravka seemed to be the wake-up call for the visitors, who then found the back of the net. However, the goal which was scored by Dan Burn, was also ruled out because Alexander Isak was in an offside position in the build-up.
Mo Salah, who was doing his best to make amends for the earlier penalty miss, eventually put Liverpool in front after Nunez and Diaz combined to leave the Egyptian unmarked. Nunez and Diaz then missed open chances afterwards that could have increased Liverpool’s advantage.
Newcastle United found their way back into this match after Anthony Gordon fed Isak, who scored with his side’s first shot on target. The equalizer was a setback for Liverpool but their quality in front of goal eventually led to them going in front with 15 minutes to left when Diogo Jota unselfishly passed to Curtis Jones, who tapped into an empty net.
With a 2-1 lead, Jurgen Klopp’s side was never going to be comfortable and they eventually found the third in the 78th minute when Salah cross into the box was met by Gakpo. Newcastle hit back almost immediately though Botman but it was only another consolation as Salah scored from the penalty spot in the 86th minute.