1. Bitter fruit for Newcastle United
Coach Eddie Howe’s team spent more than 90 minutes fighting Liverpool. Newcastle were soon pressured and faced many defensive situations from The Kop. In the first minute and 30 seconds, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka’s goal was shaken by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s shot.
Under great pressure, Newcastle United showed a resilient playing spirit. In the 70th minute, the score between the two teams was 1-1 when Alexander Isak scored a valuable equalizer in the 54th minute.
Unfortunately, Newcastle’s defense crumbled in the 74th minute when Curtis Jones scored, increasing the score to 2-1. Just four minutes later, Cody Gakpo scored the third goal for The Kop. Newcastle did not give up when Sven Botman scored to shorten the score in the 81st minute.
All hopes of Newcastle United fans were extinguished when Salah completed his double by scoring on the penalty spot in the 86th minute. Sharing with Sky Sports after the match, Eddie Howe said:
” We were disappointed with our defense. You have to think about your own luck. The players gave their all. I’m pleased with the whole team’s performance.”
2. Liverpool is ‘in shape’
The jubilant victory at Anfield Stadium proves that Jurgen Klopp’s team is in extremely high form. Statistics don’t lie. Liverpool launched a total of 34 shots at Newcastle’s goal, 15 of which were on target, bringing in 4 goals.
Liverpool’s expected goals (xG) index is up to 7.27, accounting for 64% of ball control. It can be said that Liverpool completely overwhelmed Newcastle.
” A great match for Liverpool. Both teams played to their strengths. I think this was the best Liverpool match since the beginning of the season, ” commented Jamie Carragher.
3. King of Egypt
Mohamed Salah was voted the best player of the match Liverpool vs Newcastle. A worthy reward for the Egyptian star’s tireless efforts.
Salah contributed a double goal, an assist and a brilliant performance. The 31-year-old star shows magic with skillful moves and precise positioning. Minus point for Salah when he missed a penalty kick in the first half.
” We are confident. Liverpool need to work hard and show it on the field. Liverpool need to stay calm and win every match, ” Salah shared after the match.
4. The specter of trauma
Liverpool’s victory was incomplete when Dominik Szoboszlai left the field in the second half due to injury . Sharing after the match, Klopp confirmed that the Hungarian midfielder had a hamstring problem.
” Dominik Szoboszlai has a hamstring injury. We hope his problem is not too serious ,” Klopp told BBC Sport.
Fans certainly do not want to see a scenario where Szoboszlai sits out when Liverpool’s current injury list lasts with the following names: Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara, Andrew Robertson, Kostas Tsimikas, Stefan Bajcetic….
5. Contrast between Nunez and Isak
Darwin Nunez contributed an assist against Newcastle, but the Uruguayan striker can make a more significant contribution if he maximizes the opportunities he gets. Liverpool fans repeatedly complained when the former Benfica star appeared ungainly in front of Martin Dubravka’s goal.
Opposing Nunez, Isak showed his acumen despite having little ground in this match. In the 54th minute, the Swedish striker coolly finished and shook Alisson Becker’s net under close pressure from Virgil van Dijk.