Liverpool secured a vital 4-2 victory against Newcastle United with goals from Curtis Jones and Cody Gakpo and a brace from Mohamed Salah.
The Reds exhibited complete dominance at Anfield on New Year’s Day, registering 32 attempts on goal and an xG over seven, setting a record for the highest in the league’s history.
The outstanding performance of Newcastle‘s goalkeeper, Martin Dubravka, and the struggles of Darwin Nunez prevented Liverpool from achieving an even more substantial victory. With this win, Liverpool now enjoys a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, while Newcastle drops to ninth place.
Liverpool vs Newcastle: As it happened!
Liverpool initiated the game with a strong attacking display in the first half, particularly targeting the Kop end. Trent Alexander-Arnold nearly scored within two minutes, his deflected shot narrowly missing the left post. In the 12th minute, Alexander-Arnold provided a brilliant pass to Darwin Nunez, who, after a quick exchange with Mohamed Salah, failed to beat Martin Dubravka.
In the 18th minute, Luis Diaz seemingly scored for Liverpool, but the goal was disallowed for offside after a VAR check. Despite Liverpool’s dominance, Newcastle almost scored before halftime, with Dan Burn’s headed goal ruled out for offside. Alexander-Arnold attempted a spectacular volley in the 41st minute but narrowly missed.
Liverpool broke the deadlock at the start of the second half, with Salah tapping in from close range after a sweeping team move. Nunez missed two chances to extend the lead shortly after. However, in the 53rd minute, Newcastle’s Alexander Isak capitalized on a defensive error to equalize.
Frustrated by the equalizer, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made changes, bringing on Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota. Curtis Jones scored Liverpool’s second goal, tapping into an empty net after a pass from Jota. Gakpo then made it 3-1, converting a cross from Salah. Newcastle pulled one back through Sven Botman’s header in the 80th minute.
The frantic goal-scoring continued, with Dubravka fouling Jota in the box, giving Salah the opportunity to make it 4-2, which he successfully converted into the bottom left corner of the net.