Liverpool stun Newcastle at Anfield as Manchester United drops to third

Arnold Nichols
March 4, 2018

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, on the other hand, has made three changes to the Newcastle United side that drew against Bournemouth last weekend, with Jacob Murphy, Mikel Merino and Christian Atsu coming into the side.

He has now scored as many as the entire Toon team in the current campaign.

Liverpool FC will return to Premier League action on Saturday evening when they take on Newcastle United at St James' Park.

Just two goals between Salah, Firmino and Mane is a relative quiet day by their own high standards, and the impact of the trio was initially softened by Newcastle's stubborn defensive showing.

Jurgen Klopp's men were frustrated by Newcastle until Salah broke the deadlock with his 32nd of the season.

A ricochet in midfield fell to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who fed Salah for the Egypt global to take a sharp touch out of his feet and hit a crisp finish through the legs of Dubravka.

Mohamed Salah has scored in each of his last six games for Liverpool in all competitions - the last player to do so in more was Daniel Sturridge in February 2014 (8).

"Everyone is raving about Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane's form but Roberto Firmino has been outstanding too".


The Toon have sat back but they will have to come forward in the second half and that could provide more chances for the hosts, who have been far from their best but have the crucial lead.

"The main thing is to win the game".

Salah has had a stunning first season at Liverpool since arriving from Serie A giants Roma last summer.

Benitez is confident his side will soon start to amass points if they approach games with the intensity he felt was on show at Anfield.

Michail Antonio got one back for West Ham in the 79th minute, but the visitors' third defeat in their last four games leaves them three points above the relegation zone.

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez still has a strong connection to Liverpool after all these years.

Chelsea and Liverpool still have to face each other in the Premier League, with the two set to go head to head at Stamford Bridge in early May.

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