LIVERPOOL 2-0 Newcastle
Liverpool left Anfield with 3 points as Newcastle paid a visit to our stadium and could not claim anything for themselves.
Jurgen Klopp showed no mercy in his tactics as he chose the best of the best available in the Liverpool squad, for Rafael Benitez’s return trip to Anfield. A warm welcome was given to Rafa by everybody else as we showed the Spaniard once more that he has not been forgotten as one of the all time Liverpool legendary managers from our history.
Benitez had his team ready and as strong as the Newcastle squad gets but they would never score at Anfield. Previously this season we’d gotten a 1-1 draw with Newcastle, both teams scoring once and both teams earning a single point. It seemed to be an attempt for recreating that scoreline by the visitors, Newcastle looked to get one goal throughout the fixture but they would not be able to achieve it this time around. We brought in Van Dijk since our last meeting, Rafa. Our defence has gotten tighter and more productive now.
Liverpool showed their skills from end to end with regular possession and constant attempts to break through the Newcastle defences. Loris Karius did make rare saves when needed but the defenders in front of him kept the ball away from our goalkeeper’s net with great efficiency for most of the game.
It took almost the entire first half for a goal to be scored and the assist was just as special as the shot and goal itself. Oxlade Chamberlain had been rushing down the wing with the ball, beating defenders and taking the ball with him. Salah had run into a dangerous position not far from the penalty spot and his teammate happily provided him with the ball so that he could make it Liverpool 1-0 Newcastle.
Closing up the half with a single goal lead, Liverpool would take this scoreline to the 2nd half with them.
Newcastle started the 2nd half by trying to up the pressure on Liverpool but maybe it was a little too much pressure? Salah would take a shot from around 20 yards and it would cannon off Lascelles’ arm, with most of Anfield screaming for a penalty. The referee would not give in to the fan’s appeals and play would continue.
Liverpool would not be disheartened by their unfortunate lack of decisions going their way in their own stadium. The home crowd still had plenty to cheer for.
The 57th minute saw Firmino making a beautiful run through the middle of the Newcastle defence and finds the right pass into his teammate, Sadio Mané. He’s still got plenty to do from 15 yards but Mané curls a special shot that powered straight into the corner of the net. Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle
Liverpool still had a half hour left after this but it didn’t feel very long to wait before Liverpool had taken their two goal lead to the full time whistle and we’d won.
Man of the Match
Ox was the most hardworking player who didn’t actually score, though that doesn’t mean he wasn’t part of the build up to the goals. Dedication to his job and team has seen this player becoming very inspired and creative and helpful for all teammates around him.
Liverpool are back in action on Tuesday night in the Champions League for their second-leg clash against FC Porto, holding a 5-0 advantage. We’d seriously have to make multiple terrible mistakes to throw away 5 (away) goals lead so it’s highly likely we’ll be on our way to the Champions League Quarter Finals after this fixture is complete.
Walk on with hope in your heart, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.