Liverpool repossesses second spot on the English Premier League table after African stars Muhammad Salah and Sadio Mane managed one goal each to their names against a side coached by former Kops boss Rafa Benitez.
Following a concrete resistance by Newcastle United for 39 minutes Salah got a breakthrough to put the home side in charge of the game. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain flowed through the wing before playing in the Egyptian goal warrior who made no mistake but painstakingly made sure he registered his 24th goal of the season.
Whereas five minutes into second half, Liverpool players with a brilliant display of passing football that involved four players with six touches and initiated by Roberto Firmino before the Brazilian orchestrated Senegal International Mane to put it from 6 yards past Dubravka to double their lead as they commanded the game for the remaining 35 minutes.
However Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp under whose reign Liverpool has now scored 200 goals expected a better performance.
“I very often forget the result during the game so even though we were 2-0 up I did feel we had to control the game better.”
Former Liverpool manager Benitez whose side Newcastle United is two points above relegation zone was pleased for two things; one his boy’s ability to defend for 40 minutes and secondly the love of Liverpool fans showed him.
“We were playing against a dangerous team. We know they have the pace up front. We managed to 40 minutes then it was a mistake. I am pleased with the fans. The Liverpool fans were really good for me.”
The Kops now 15 points behind Manchester City who will play Chelsea tomorrow [Sunday] will enjoy their current position until Manchester United wins against Crustal Palace on Monday.
They will play their next game against FC Porto in the champions’ league in midweek before handling a proper difference with Man United the following weekend
Whereas The Magpies will play 17th place Southampton on Saturday at 15:00 hours EST in their next fixture.