Liverpool comfortably see off Newcastle

Liverpool beat Newcastle United 2-0 at Anfield in the English Premier League on Saturday night in what was a third consecutive league win for the Reds who climb to second in the league.

  • Liverpool 2 Newcastle United 0 
  • Salah and Mane on target for the home side
  • Newcastle fail to create any real chances
  • Liverpool move to 2nd on 60 points
  • Newcastle move down to 16th on 29 points 

Match summary  

Mohamed Salah scored his 24th league goal of the season and Sadio Mane added a second as Liverpool cruised to victory over a Newcastle team that offered very little offensively.

The result moved the Merseyside outfit up to second, a point above Manchester United who is set to play on Monday evening. The loss, however, leaves the Tyneside outfit just two points above the relegation zone.  

Match report 

The Magpies set out to frustrate the home team and restricted them to long-range efforts. Red hot, Mohamed Salah looked lively from the start and enjoyed two half chances before the 10-minute mark.

The likes of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane enjoyed good possession and forced the Newcastle defenders back but failed to create many chances of substance. 

The pressure though eventually proved too much for Rafael Benitez’s men as five minutes before the break, Salah scored for the seventh consecutive league game. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slipped the Egyptian through and he slotted home between goalkeeper Martin Dubravka’s legs.

The visitors almost found a way back moments later but were denied by a brilliant save from Loris Karius. The chance was created by a back-heel from Mikael Merino that set up a shot at goal from the edge of the box but Karius clawed out Mohamed Diame’s thunderous shot which seemed destined for the top-right corner.  

The Reds doubled their advantage in the 54th minute with a goal created by Firmino and finished off by Mane. The Senegalese international produced a clinical finish low to Dubravka’s left to mark a 200th league goal under coach, Jurgen Klopp.