At the very least, the scoreline today was an improvement from last season’s 4-0 defeat in the same fixture. Newcastle came out ready and played very well for the first 20-25 minutes. Jetro Willems was able to bag his first goal for Newcastle early in the match to give us some hope of a result.
Liverpool were just too much as they leveled the score through Sadio Mane in the 28th minute. It was a superb strike from the 27-year-old. Then a poor goal to concede just before the half all but sealed our fate. It was Mane again after Atsu was dispossessed and the subsequent through ball was mishandled by Dubravka.
The lads played well to start the second, but a missed opportunity by Emil Krafth was really the last chance for Newcastle. Liverpool were able to add a third goal through Firmino’s brilliant flick to Salah, who would beat Dubravka to make the final score 3-1.
There was some solid defending and plenty of graft despite some defensive miscues. Joelinton started strong but faded as he had little support once Liverpool began to turn the screws. Newcastle also failed to keep possession at some inopportune times. But this was an expected result, and now it is back home for Brighton in a crucial match next Saturday.
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