Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool: Reds recover from early scare to end the season with the second-highest Premier League points total ever
- Premier League champions Liverpool travelled to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle in their final game
- Newcastle United opened the scoring inside 30 seconds as Dwight Gayle caught the defenders napping
- Virgil van Dijk got his team back level later in the first half, rising up above defenders to head the ball home
- Liverpool then got their noses in front as Divock Origi fired home from outside the box to make it 2-1
- Second half substitute Sadio Mane scored Liverpool’s third and final goal not long before full-time
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Sadio Mane came off the bench to cement a comeback victory at Newcastle as champions Liverpool set a new club record of 99 Premier League points for the season.
Trailing to Dwight Gayle’s opportunist strike after just 24 seconds, Jurgen Klopp’s men levelled through Virgil Van Dijk before the break and then won it 3-1 courtesy of Divock Origi’s 59th-minute missile and Mane’s fine curling effort at the death to claim a 32nd league victory of the campaign.
The depleted Magpies worked hard throughout, but found themselves increasingly stretched as Klopp belatedly turned to his big guns with time running down.
Divock Origi celebrates with his Liverpool team-mates as his strike puts them ahead against Newcastle at St James’ Park
Newcastle United went 1-0 up in the game extremely early on as Dwight Gayle latched onto a Jonjo Shelvey through ball
Liverpool levelled the scores not long before half-time as Virgil van Dijk rose up above defenders to head the ball into the net
Newcastle 5-3-2: Dubravka, Manquillo, Fernandez, Rose (Watts 74), Lazaro, Shelvey, Bentaleb (S Longstagg 49), Almiron (Hayden 70), Ritchie, Saint-Maximin (Joelinton 45), Gayle (Carroll 70)
Subs not used: Muto, Yedlin, Darlow, Young
Goals: Gayle (1)
Liverpool 4-3-3: Alisson, Williams (Alexander-Arnold 85), Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Keita (Jones 85), Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Firmino 64), Origi (Salah 64), Minamino (Mane 64)
Subs not used: Fabinho, Adrian, Shaqiri, Elliott,
Goals: van Dijk (38), Origi (59), Mane (89)
If even a much-changed Liverpool side arrived expecting, like many disgruntled Newcastle fans, a straightforward afternoon on Tyneside, they were soon disabused of the notion.
The Magpies were awarded a free-kick on halfway and the quick-thinking Jonjo Shelvey chipped the ball into the path of the equally alert Gayle, who stabbed if deftly passed the advancing Alisson Becker to open the scoring, although only after a lengthy VAR check for offside.
Klopp’s men quickly settled into the game after the early setback to dominate possession, although without ever looking like breaking through the massed ranks of black and white shirts ahead of them.
Second half substitute Sadio Mane got Liverpool’s third goal to complete the comeback victory over Newcastle United
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rested his usual front three, so other players such as Takumi Minamino were given a chance
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that his team are still motivated, despite winning the league a few weeks ago
Newcastle’s injury-hit three-man rearguard, which included full-backs Javier Manquillo and Danny Rose playing alongside Steve Bruce’s only fit central defender, Federico Fernandez, was well protected in the face of near constant pressure with former Magpie James Milner and Takumi Minamino prominent for the Reds.
However, only keeper Martin Dubravka’s fingertips prevented Minamino from levelling with a long-range 29th-minute piledriver.
The respite proved to be temporary as Liverpool finally levelled with seven minutes of the half remaining.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain worked his way into the space between wing-back Matt Ritchie and Rose down the right before lofting a cross into the middle for Van Dijk to rise and loop a header over the helpless Dubravka.
Liverpool’s Joe Gomez (right) challenges for the ball by getting his foot up high as Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron tries to head
Newcastle United’s Matt Ritchie tries to get two Liverpool players in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita in the first half
Newcastle United goalscorer is in action at the other end of the pitch as he rises to head away an incoming Liverpool corner
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Minamino both chances their arm from distance as half-time approached, but the sides were still locked together when the whistle sounded.
Reds full-back Neco Williams fired high and wide and Van Dijk headed a Milner corner straight at the keeper as the champions returned in determined fashion, but Sean Longstaff sent a raking effort just wide at the other end after linking well with fellow substitute Joelinton and Shelvey.
Allan Saint-Maximin had excited Newcastle fans this season, as they hope to improve their position going forward
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk (left) and Takumi Minamino celebrate after the defender scored the equalising goal for his team
The visitors went ahead with 59 minutes gone when Origi shifted the ball on to his right foot on the left side of the penalty area before smashing a swerving shot past Dubravka and inside the far post.
Origi, Minamino and Oxlade-Chamberlain swiftly made way for Mohamed Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino, and Salah almost announced his arrival in style when he rattled the post with a powerfully-struck attempt before Mane sealed the win with a fine 89th-minute finish.
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce is keen to learn the future of the club, with the takeover still in limbo
Newcastle players take part in the second-half drinks break as manager Bruce tries to get them back into the match
Van Dijk and Origi were the saviours for Liverpool on the final day of the season, scoring a goal each to give them the win
Jurgen Klopp made some changes for the game to rest legs ahead of next season, but will be happy with the victory in the end
Divock Origi, often a goal scorer in big situations, fires home a long range effort to give Liverpool the lead in the second half
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