Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United: Mohamed Salah scores as hosts close gap at top


Mo Salah
Mohamed Salah equalled Jamie Vardy’s record of scoring or assisting in 15 successive Premier League games

Mohamed Salah scored his 22nd goal of the season as Liverpool closed the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City with a comfortable win over Newcastle.

Without Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho because of suspected positive coronavirus tests, Jurgen Klopp’s team went behind early on to their struggling opponents when Jonjo Shelvey scored against his former club following a quick break.

Two goals in the space of four minutes, however, put Liverpool in charge.

Diogo Jota’s equaliser had an element of controversy about it, as it came when Isaac Hayden was down in the six-yard box with a head injury, but the Portuguese took advantage by tucking in on the rebound following Martin Dubravka’s initial save.

Shelvey then undid his positive start by gifting a backpass to Sadio Mane, who drew another save from Dubravka before Salah lashed home.

Shortly before Salah’s goal, which meant he equalled Jamie Vardy’s record of scoring or assisting in 15 successive Premier League games, Allan Saint-Maximin wasted a chance as he was denied by Alisson.

Eddie Howe’s team improved after the break as the hosts eased off, and went close via Jacob Murphy and Shelvey, but Trent Alexander-Arnold’s late strike from 25 yards ended the game as a contest, and Liverpool now sit a point behind City.

Newcastle remain 19th in the table, three points from safety, and their task to avoid relegation does not get any easier when they host Pep Guardiola’s league leaders on Sunday.

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Liverpool

  1. Squad number7Player nameMilner
  2. Squad number8Player nameKeïta
  3. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number1Player nameDúbravka

  2. Squad number19Player nameManquillo

  3. Squad number5Player nameSchär

  4. Squad number6Player nameLascelles

  5. Squad number12Player nameLewis

  6. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

  7. Squad number14Player nameHayden

  8. Squad number8Player nameShelvey

  9. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton

  10. Squad number21Player nameFraser

  11. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin

  1. Squad number9Player nameWilson

  2. Squad number11Player nameRitchie

  3. Squad number28Player nameWillock

Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32Matip
  • 5Konaté
  • 26Robertson
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forKeïtaat 74′minutes
  • 14HendersonBooked at 70mins
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forMilnerat 90′minutes
  • 11SalahSubstituted forFirminoat 74′minutes
  • 20Jota
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 8Keïta
  • 9Firmino
  • 12Gomez
  • 18Minamino
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 62Kelleher
  • 76N Williams
  • 97de Araújo Pitaluga Filho

Newcastle

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 19Manquillo
  • 5Schär
  • 6Lascelles
  • 12LewisSubstituted forRitchieat 15′minutes
  • 23Murphy
  • 14HaydenBooked at 86mins
  • 8Shelvey
  • 7JoelintonBooked at 45mins
  • 21FraserBooked at 55minsSubstituted forWillockat 87′minutes
  • 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forWilsonat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Clark
  • 9Wilson
  • 11Ritchie
  • 16Hendrick
  • 24Almirón
  • 26Darlow
  • 28Willock
  • 34Gayle
  • 36S Longstaff

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