Liverpool beat Newcastle in six goal thriller

Liverpool beat Newcastle in six goal thriller

2024 began with a bang, as Liverpool and Newcastle served up another Premier League classic at Anfield tonight, with Liverpool winning 4 - 2, to stay top of the league after 20 games.

The weather conditions may have been appalling, but Liverpool and Newcastle served up another classic game at Anfield tonight, with the Reds eventually running out 4 - 2 winners.

Liverpool started the game as strong favourites, and began the match in confident mood, passing the ball around and forcing early corners, as the wind and rain swirled around Anfield. Indeed, Liverpool could have been ahead inside 5 minutes, but found Newcastle keeper Dubravka in excellent form.

Liverpool were relentless in their attacks, and should have taken the lead, when Liverpool were awarded a penalty, after Luis Diaz was brought down as he burst through on goal.  Mo Salah stepped up, but missed his 4th penalty in 9, as the Anfield crowd began to fear another frustrating night in front of goal.  Earlier, both teams had a goal disallowed for narrow off-sides, as the first half unexpectedly ended 0 - 0.

Liverpool were quickly on the front foot in the second half, and it didn't take long for Liverpool to score, as Diaz, Nunez and Salah combined, with Nunez unselfishly squaring the ball for Salah to tap into the net.  The relief around Anfield was palpable, but the crowd was soon silenced when Newcastle scored just 5 minutes later.

Liverpool continued to press for a second goal, and Curtis Jones duly delivered, after a slick move involving Salah and Jota.  Gakpo then stretched the lead further, with Salah involved once again.  Newcastle weren't done though, and pulled a goal back when Sven Botman rose highest at a corner.  Jurgen Klopp was going mad on the sidelines, but Mohamad Salah was in no mood to surrender the lead, almost single handedly driving Liverpool forward, and it was Salah who converted his second penalty of the night, to leave Anfield on a high, before heading off to the African Cup of Nations.

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Salah shows his class, and leaves big shoes to fill....

Despite an indifferent first half, which included another penalty miss, Mo Salah showed once again why he is truly a world class player, as he refused to let Liverpool drop another two points at Anfield.  In the second half Salah ran the show, driving Liverpool forward and being involved in all four goals.  He leaves for the AFCON, just as Endo leaves for the Asian Cup, with Liverpool top of the league and in a great position for a title charge.  Whether Liverpool remain top of the league when Salah returns, will depend on whether the rest of the squad can step up in his absense.

 

Liverpool vs Newcastle Line-Ups

Liverpool Starting XI : Alisson, Gomez, Konate, Van Dijk (C), Alexander-Arnold, Endo, Szoboszlai, Jones, Diaz, Nunez, Salah

Newcastle Starting XI : Dubravka, Livramento, Schar, Botman, Burn, Miley, Guimaraes, Longstaff, Gordon, Isak, Joelinton

 

Liverpool vs Newcastle Match Stats

Possession
Liverpool 63% - 37% Newcastle

Shots
Liverpool 34 - 5 Newcastle

Shots on Target
Liverpool 15 - 3 Newcastle

Corners
Liverpool 7 - 3 Newcastle

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