On Saturday, Liverpool battered Newcastle 2-0 at Anfield with goals from Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.

First half

The first chance of the match came five minutes in to Liverpool when a cross was swung into Sadio Mane but Jamaal Lascelles managed to put in a foot and remove the danger. 10 minutes later Liverpool were on the hunt again when Emre Can played a good long ball to Mo Salah but his shot was saved by Martin Dubravka. Around the 25 minute mark, Trent Alexander-Arnold put in a decent cross but Florian Lejeune headed away for a corner. Dejan Lovren almost capitalised from that corner but his header somehow managed to stay out and was subsequently cleared away. A few minutes later, another corner almost caused a scare when it curved and missed every player. Then on 40 minutes, the deadlock was inevitably broken by Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin played a good ball to Salah, Lascelles should’ve gotten a lot closer to him, who swept the ball past Dubravka. Right before half-time, Mo Diame almost got very lucky when a powerfully struck shot forced a magnificent save from Lorius Kairus. The home side went into the tunnel one nil to the good.

Second half

Just under 10 minutes in, Salah hit a decent shot which bobbled up and Dubravka clutched gratefully to his chest. There were penalty shouts which were quickly waved away by the referee. Just a few minutes later, Liverpool doubled the score. Roberto Firmino dragged Lascelles out and slipped in Mane who slotted past Dubravka. Game over. But in the dying seconds, Newcastle were very lucky not to be a man down. Salah went through on goal and Lascelles clipped him. He was the last man and it really should’ve been a penalty and red card. Fortunately for Newcastle, nothing was given and Lascelles should count himself a very lucky boy.


Feature image credit: Ben Sutherland




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