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Salah moves Liverpool’s lead in the Premier League to three points.

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Liverpool beat Newcastle 4-2 at Anfield on Monday to extend their terrible streak and take a three-point lead atop the Premier League. Mohamed Salah scored twice in the victory.

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah

Salah’s first-half penalty was one of ten stops made by Martin Dubravka, which meant that Jurgen Klopp’s team should have won even more convincingly.

But Salah responded from the penalty spot after he, Curtis Jones, and Cody Gakpo had given Newcastle their seventh loss in eight games during the second half.

Aston Villa presents an unexpected challenge in second place for Liverpool, who lead title rivals Manchester City and Arsenal by five points going into the Premier League’s winter break.

“It’s a special night and game,” Klopp said. “My team had an incredible performance in the game. We got off to a very exciting start. Dubravka was seen by all, and we took care to ensure that the score wasn’t too obvious.

“Epic match. With the exception of the goals we gave up, I really enjoyed a lot of the game.”

On the other hand, as attention turns to Eddie Howe, Newcastle stays in ninth place and 11 points outside of the top four.

With only five points from ten games this season, the Magpies have the second worst away record in the Premier League.

In stormy conditions at Anfield, Liverpool registered the highest expected goals ever in a Premier League game with 7.53, and Howe’s men were lucky not to be blown away by an embarrassing scoreline.

“Our goal is to return to our peak performance levels. There was the effort, the determination. We’ll be alright as long as we can see that,” Howe remarked.

“We’re missing a lot of players and we’ve had a lot of tough fixtures in a congested December.”

Dubravka contests Darwin.

Newcastle’s form has declined recently due to an injury crisis, and Dubravka has found it difficult to fill in for the injured Nick Pope.

However, the Slovakian was at the top of his game as he turned down Darwin Nunez a few times.

While Luis Diaz did have the ball in the net halfway through the first half, Nunez’s offside call denied the goal.

Sven Botman then turned Diaz upside down in the box. However, Salah’s 150th Premier League goal for Liverpool was denied by Dubravka, saving the Dutch defender.

Four of the Egyptian’s ten previous spot kicks for the Reds have been missed. This was his final game before leaving for the African Cup of Nations.

Salah remarked of his first-half performance, “I thought, ‘Are you going to be leave for the national team with that?'”

“I just had to really focus, step up and make the difference and managed to do so.”

Early in the second half, Nunez finally let Liverpool’s pressure pay off when he picked out Salah for a tap-in.

However, just five minutes after falling behind, Newcastle equalized against all odds.

Alexander Isak perfectly timed his run to seize Anthony Gordon’s through pass, and the Swedish forward easily slotted past Alisson Becker as he advanced.

The game continued to go in one direction—that direction toward the Newcastle goal—despite the shock.

Nunez’s evening came to an end in frustration when he missed a fantastic opportunity to score a goal with his final touch.

Nunez was unable to produce what Klopp sent on in front of goal with Diogo Jota and Gakpo.

Before Gakpo’s scuffed finish from Salah’s cross wrong-footed Dubravka, Jota set up Jones for a tap-in.

Newcastle was briefly within one goal again thanks to a header from Botman.

Though Jota’s second penalty was awarded despite Dubravka’s delayed reaction to contact, any chance of a spectacular comeback was controversially dashed.

Although Klopp was unable to observe from the sidelines, his lucky charm once again proved to be a successful omen for Liverpool as 2024 got underway.

 

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