Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a spectacular long-range goal to help Liverpool produce one of the comfortable football results of the midweek action in the Premier League. The win helped the Reds reduce the gap to defending champions Manchester City to one point. The visitors shocked the home fans when Jonjo Shelvey gave them the lead after seven minutes before Diogo Jota restored parity in the 21st minute. Mohamed Salah continued his superb goalscoring form to put them ahead in the 25th minute before Alexander-Arnold sealed the three points with a thunderous strike.
Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (8), Matip (7), Konate (7), Robertson (7), Henderson (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (7), Thiago (5), Jota (7), Mane (7), Salah (7).
Subs used: Firmino (6), Keita (6), Milner (n/a).
Newcastle: Dubravka (7), Manquillo (6), Schar (6), Lascelles (7), Lewis (n/a), Hayden (6), Shelvey (7), Murphy (7), Saint-Maximin (7), Fraser (7), Joelinton (7).
Subs used: Ritchie (6), Wilson (6), Willock (n/a).
Man of the match: Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “We used more Bournemouth than Newcastle to analyze the game. We expected similar things. They made life hard for us to be honest. We rushed in moments, it was not like we had 15 or 16 clear-cut chances but we scored really good goals.”
Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe “I’m really disappointed with Liverpool’s first goal. I need to see it again but it was clear to me that Isaac went down holding his head immediately. In my opinion, the game should have been stopped. It’s had a huge bearing on the game. We had the lead. It feels unjust and I feel it was doubly hard on our players.”
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