Liverpool vs Newcastle United 4-2: Premier League – What Is This?

Mohamed Salah scored twice in the game as Liverpool finally smashed Newcastle United to open up an advantage of three points on top in the Premier League.

A relentless and chaotic game fueled by a squall of rain and wind across Merseyside, Liverpool took swing after swing against Newcastle and appeared at risk of being kept to a third Anfield draw following a scoreless opening half.

Salah did not get the first goal's most threatening chance, when he was denied a penalty, but the forward who is now a part of Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations, scored a goal from a cross the first goal and later scored a spot-kick of his own in the final moments.

The strike he scored marked one of his 150th Premier League goals for the Reds However, it was canceled five minutes later when Alexander Isak, who got inside the defense of the hosts following an excellent effort by Anthony Gordon curled home.

Liverpool tried hard to take the lead before Curtis Jones gave them the lead, but a missed Cody Gapko effort from a fantastic Salah pass allowed them to breathe air.

However, back was Newcastle after Sven Botman headed home a corner for a 3-1 after Salah forced Martin Dubravka, who fought hard through the whole game – wrong to earn the three points.

Liverpool had a successful opening seven Premier League games at Anfield in the season but were drawn from Manchester United and Arsenal in the two previous home matches.

They have a lead over Aston Villa by three points and are five points ahead of Manchester City, who have one game left with Arsenal.

Newcastle the team that was without nine players from the first team is still in ninth place.

Quick Liverpool make a comeback in an unruly game

At the first whistle, the game was won by Liverpool who scored the highest number of shots for the league in the first quarter.

Trent Alexander-Arnold's attempt deflected off the line and struck the goalpost with a shrewd strike from a tight angle. Darwin Nunez's shot was blocked out from the goal by Dubravka.

Diaz got a goal not disallowed as Nunez was a bit offside during the build-up before Salah's initial penalty – which was powered toward Dubravka's left, but not enough centrally positioned – was saved.

This meant that Salah was unable to convert the last four penalties across all competitions, however, he was able to get it over with and turned it around during the second period.

Diaz And Nunez joined forces for a goal that left the Egypt forward not hampered in midfield to strike the opening goal and ease the tension that was building in Anfield.

The goal was a disappointment – particularly when Nunez was denied twice by good opportunities to score a 2-0 win however Liverpool's superiority and shrewd forward play was able to get past Newcastle.

Jones was able to tap home the goal after a superb Salah passing move found Diogo Jota before the Egyptian superbly crossed using the foot's outside to allow Gakpo to push his shot into the net using the top of his heels.

Salah's next goal came after Jota was knocked down by Dubravka and he displayed the power of his mind to nudge the goalkeeper wrong direction and leave in what could turn out to be 6 weeks of his nation.

The win means Liverpool remain unbeaten after 22 matches at Anfield The club has only lost one game in the last 52 home matches during the Premier League.

“It was an amazing performance from my team,” Klopp said. Klopp. “We were extremely energetic from the start. Everybody was watching Dubravka's performance and we ensured the score was not too obvious.

“Super game. I enjoyed so many aspects of the game, including the fact that we scored goals. Counter-pressing-wise, it was for football schools. You have to be able to see the footage, then take it in and preserve it. The whole thing was great. 

Trauma-stricken Newcastle fight, but no alternatives

Newcastle director Eddie Howe has had to face many injuries in the most hectic time of the year. the manager was in this match as captain of the club Kieran Trippier who is also missing due to an injury to his groin.

They escaped the first storm very well and gained momentum into the match, but Dan Burn's shot was disallowed as Isak had a few inches offside earlier when he made the pass.

The Sweden striker's goal in the 88th minute was an example of ability and was the result of the first shot they hit at goal – which was only their second goal overall on the pitch.

Dubravka had a great style, using every part that comprises his body to stop Liverpool away, but the player could not do anything regarding Jones or Gapko's goals.

These goals occurred just at the point that a manager could have considered using his bench to get new legs. Howe might be complaining about the absence of alternatives available for him.

Although Newcastle may point out their injuries Howe is aware that they have earned only five points at St James' Park so early in the season, and they have just kept a clean sheet over their 19 previous away fixtures.

There are only three games during January – and that could grow to four if they win against their local opponents Sunderland in the FA Cup third round on Saturday. Howe hopes that his break in winter will enable his players to stay healthy as they try to be able to play in Europe yet again.

“We're fighting to bring the best performance back,” Howe told BBC Sport. “The commitment and effort were there. So long as we keep trying to do so, we'll do fine.

“The main thing to remember is that we're in a battle. There are a few missing players. We've also had several tough matches during a busy December. 

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