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Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United: Sadio Mane scores twice as leaders fight back

Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane's third and fourth Premier League goals of the season put Liverpool in control

Premier League leaders Liverpool shrugged off an early scare to sweep past Newcastle and maintain their 100% start to the season with another dominant attacking display.

Sadio Mane was again their go-to man, scoring twice in the first half after Jetro Willems' fine first goal for Newcastle had given Steve Bruce's side a shock early lead.

Mohamed Salah added a third after the break, with the third member of Liverpool's attacking trinity Roberto Firmino providing two brilliant assists and stealing the show with a superb performance from the bench.

The Reds have now won 14 league games in a row in a run that stretches back to a draw at Everton in March - the joint third-best winning run in English top-flight history - and go five points clear at the top after second-placed Manchester City lost to Norwich in the evening game.

Newcastle never threatened to build on their surprise lead - which came via their only shot on target all day - and could not get near the European champions for large periods of a one-sided game.

They drop to 17th place, a point above the bottom three.

Three-part harmony

The spotlight was on Salah and Mane after their apparent disagreement last time out at Burnley, when the Senegal forward was seemingly annoyed at a lack of service from his Egyptian team-mate.

But back on home ground Liverpool's front three were once again all on the same page and yet again proved the difference.

Firmino played an hour for Brazil in Los Angeles in midweek in a game that finished at 06:00 BST on Wednesday morning, and the plan was to give him some rest as Divock Origi started on the left of the front three.

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But an injury for the Belgium striker meant the Brazil forward was introduced earlier than anticipated.

Mane had already equalised by that point, collecting a pass from Andrew Robertson and curling superbly into the top corner.

For those paying attention, Salah celebrated with a punch of the air.

Firmino then robbed Christian Atsu and slid in Mane with a beautiful pass. Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka should have gathered it but instead pushed it back towards Mane to allow the Liverpool forward to tap-in for his 19th goal in his last 21 Premier League appearances at Anfield.

After the break Firmino was even more impressive, laying on chances for both his full-backs before setting up the previously quiet Salah with a wonderful assist.

Receiving the ball with his back to goal, the Brazilian dragged the ball back then backheeled it into the path of Salah, who did the rest.

Manchester City's record of 18 top-flight wins in a row remains on the agenda for Liverpool - as does Chelsea's record of nine victories in a row at the start of a Premier League season.

Limited success for Bruce

Newcastle's sole win this season was a surprise success at Tottenham, when they had only 19.8% possession of the ball but defended a lead manfully.

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Dubravka will be disappointed with second goal - Bruce

The gameplan was the same at Anfield - where they ended with 24.4% of the ball - and looked to be a good one when Willems cut inside a hesitant Trent Alexander-Arnold to rip past Adrian with his right foot in front of the raucous travelling support.

It was a fabulous goal and for 20 minutes or so Bruce's flat back five looked hard to breach.

But when Emil Krafth thought a ball was there to be won and missed out to Robertson, the Scotland captain fed Mane and he effortlessly stroked the ball into the top corner.

After the equaliser - and especially once Mane had put the hosts ahead - there was a paucity of intent from the visitors.

Liverpool v Newcastle positions graphic
The average positions for Liverpool (left) and Newcastle indicate how the Magpies struggled to make an impact. Liverpool's graphic includes number 27 Origi, who was replaced by Firmino

Krafth had their only chance of note in the second half, collecting the ball in space at the far post but lashing high into the Kop after his slight hesitation allowed Virgil van Dijk the chance to put pressure on him.

By full-time Dubravka had been called on to make five decent saves and only a correct offside flag prevented Mane from bringing up his hat-trick.

Bruce, who has now won two of 39 Premier League away games against sides starting the day in the top four, will hope for easier tests ahead.

Man of the match - Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

Roberto Firmino
He was only on the pitch for just 53 minutes but the Brazil striker was hugely influential, creating five chances and displaying peerless touch and vision

'We arrived after 35 minutes' - what they said

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "I started enjoying it after 35 minutes when we arrived in the game. It was difficult, Newcastle did what they did and did it well. They had the speed to go in behind on the break, it was not easy.

"We played them onside for the goal unfortunately and that made the game not easy. We had some time to set the rhythm, we had to play much quicker and then we had chances. We scored two wonderful goals.

"I'm not too pleased about coming from behind. We have to learn from the game. The challenge is always after the international break to find a common rhythm again. The boys have played in different ways for different countries and we have one-and-a-half days to work on it again."

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce: "We were OK in bits. Unfortunately we made a mistake for the second goal and we are disappointed about that. When you come to an arena like this and give the ball away in the middle of the pitch you are in trouble. Our keeper will think he should do better.

"Jetro will remember that, it's not often you smash into the top corner with your wrong foot. He has been thrown in at the deep end with us but the more he plays in the Premier League, you can see the ability he has got.

"Liverpool are as good as you get. You can understand why they are European champions and lost once last year. They are an excellent, excellent team with pace and creativity and at the top end of the pitch they damage you. They are going to be there or thereabouts."

Liverpool on a roll - the stats

  • Liverpool are the fourth team to win 14 consecutive English top-flight matches, after Arsenal (14, August 2002), Man City (15, August 2019) and Man City again (18, December 2017).
  • For the second consecutive season, Liverpool have won their opening five games of the Premier League campaign - the only previous two teams to do so in back-to-back seasons were Chelsea (2009-10/2010-11) and Man City (2015-16/2016-17).
  • Newcastle have lost 13 of their last 14 Premier League away games against 'big six' opponents (W1), with three of those defeats coming at Anfield.
  • Liverpool have won each of their last five Premier League games at Anfield when they have conceded the opening goal, with three of those comeback victories coming in 2019 (4-3 v Crystal Palace, 4-2 v Burnley and 3-1 v Newcastle).
  • Liverpool have now scored 101 goals against Newcastle in the Premier League - they are the third team to score 100+ against a single opponent in the competition, and the first to do so against a side who hasn't been ever-present (Arsenal 107 v Everton, Manchester United 100 v Everton).
  • Liverpool's Sadio Mane has yet to lose a Premier League home game in which he has found the net, winning 33 and drawing two of his previous 35 games in the competition when doing so.
  • Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 50 Premier League goals for Liverpool at Anfield in 41 appearances, scoring 36 and providing 14 assists.
  • Andrew Robertson has made 17 assists for Liverpool in the Premier League since the start of the 2017-18 season; the most of any defender in this period.
  • Newcastle's Jetro Willems scored his first goal in 49 appearances (three for Newcastle and 46 for Eintracht Frankfurt) within the top five European leagues.

What's next?

Liverpool begin their Champions League campaign away to Napoli on Tuesday, 17 September, kicking off at 20:00 BST before facing Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, 22 September at 16:30 BST.

Newcastle are next in action when they take on Brighton at home on Saturday, 21 September at 17:30 BST.

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 13Adrián
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32Matip
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forMilnerat 75'minutes
  • 3Fabinho
  • 5WijnaldumSubstituted forShaqiriat 84'minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 10Mané
  • 27OrigiSubstituted forFirminoat 37'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 9Firmino
  • 12Gomez
  • 14Henderson
  • 20Lallana
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 62Kelleher

Newcastle

  • 1Dubravka
  • 17KrafthSubstituted forManquilloat 67'minutes
  • 5SchärSubstituted forFernandezat 80'minutes
  • 6Lascelles
  • 3Dummett
  • 15Willems
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forMutoat 67'minutes
  • 14Hayden
  • 8Shelvey
  • 30Atsu
  • 9Joelinton

Substitutes

  • 2Clark
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 13Muto
  • 18Fernandez
  • 19Manquillo
  • 26Darlow
  • 43Longstaff
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
51,430

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home21
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 3, Newcastle United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 3, Newcastle United 1.

Offside, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu tries a through ball, but Yoshinori Muto is caught offside.

Offside, Liverpool. Xherdan Shaqiri tries a through ball, but Roberto Firmino is caught offside.

Offside, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu tries a through ball, but Yoshinori Muto is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jetro Willems.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Xherdan Shaqiri replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.

Offside, Newcastle United. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but Joelinton is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Federico Fernández replaces Fabian Schär because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Attempt missed. Joelinton (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Atsu with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 3, Newcastle United 1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Attempt blocked. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) header from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross.

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Foul by Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Newcastle United. Javier Manquillo tries a through ball, but Yoshinori Muto is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Javier Manquillo replaces Emil Krafth.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Yoshinori Muto replaces Miguel Almirón.

Attempt blocked. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Martin Dubravka.

Attempt saved. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross.

Joel Matip (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Atsu (Newcastle United).

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Martin Dubravka.

Attempt saved. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Attempt missed. Emil Krafth (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Atsu with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joelinton.

goal

As It Stands

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool55001541115
2Man City53111661010
3Tottenham522111658
4Man Utd52218448
5Leicester52216428
6Chelsea5221111108
7Arsenal42116607
8Everton42114407
9West Ham421167-17
10Southampton521256-17
11Crystal Palace521236-37
12Norwich5203912-36
13Burnley512267-15
14Sheff Utd512256-15
15Brighton512258-35
16Bournemouth411258-34
17Newcastle511348-44
18Aston Villa410346-23
19Wolves5032610-43
20Watford401328-61
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