Friday 22 February 2019

Liverpool v Newcastle – Story of the match

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane struck for Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah (left) is rested
Mohamed Salah (left) is rested

By Phil Medlicott, Press Association Sport

Mohamed Salah netted for the seventh successive match to continue a remarkable scoring spree which is the best in Europe as Liverpool comfortably beat Newcastle 2-0.

The Egypt international’s 32nd of the campaign – the same number the Magpies have managed in all competitions this season – was the 26th competitive club match he has scored in, eclipsing the likes of Paris St Germain’s Edinson Cavani (24) and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (20) in the big five leagues.

Sadio Mane’s fifth in his last three matches came after the move of the night with a series of quick interchanges culminating in Roberto Firmino’s brilliantly-threaded pass through a seemingly impenetrable forest of legs.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Mohamed Salah

Salah has scored in each of Liverpool's last seven games (Anthony Devlin/PA)

What form this man is in. Salah had one shot blocked by Paul Dummett and sent a cracking effort into the side-netting before getting on the scoresheet yet again in the 40th minute. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who set up that goal in fine style, also impressed.

Moment of the match

The second goal. Mane featured in the slick build-up as well as providing the finish, while Firmino’s contribution to the 55th-minute move was simply delightful.

Data point

Mane’s goal was the 200th Liverpool have scored in the Premier League under Jurgen Klopp.

Player ratings

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez, who managed Liverpool from 2004 and 2010, had little to cheer as on his return to Anfield (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Liverpool: Loris Karius 7, Trent Alexander-Arnold 7, Dejan Lovren 6, Virgil van Dijk 6, Andrew Robertson 7, Jordan Henderson 7, Emre Can 7, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7, Sadio Mane 7, Mohamed Salah 8, Roberto Firmino 7.  Substitutes: Adam Lallana (for Mane, 74) 6, James Milner (for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 79) 7, Joel Matip (for Firmino, 88) 6.

Newcastle:  Martin Dubravka 6, DeAndre Yedlin 6,  Jamaal Lascelles 6, Florian Lejeune 6,  Paul Dummett 6, Jacob Murphy 6, Mohamed Diame 6, Mikel Merino 5, Kenedy 5, Christian Atsu 5, Dwight Gayle 5. Substitutes: Joselu (for Gayle, 66) 5, Isaac Hayden (for Merino, 73) 5, Ayoze Perez (for Murphy, 84) 5.

Who’s up next?

Liverpool v Porto (Champions League, March 6)
Newcastle v Southampton (Premier League, March 10)

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