“Liverpool vs. Newcastle: Salah’s Spectacular Double Highlights AFCON Sendoff”

The victorious campaign of Liverpool continues in Anfield. Following tonight’s results, Newcastle has now gone an astonishing 28 Premier League games without a win at Anfield, a streak that dates back 29 years to 1995.

The clash against Everton at Stamford Bridge is now jointly the longest unbeaten run, also spanning 28 games prior to 1995. Newcastle’s road to victory on Anfield has been paved with soft touches, numerous back-to-the-wall defenses, impactful saves from Dubravka, and a noticeable drop in the quality of their opponents. Yet, the fact remains that this season, Newcastle has made a soft impact.

Identifying this trend isn’t easy when qualities like aggression, street-smartness, intensity, and resilience were the hallmark of Howe’s tenure as the main coach. However, in comparison to contenders pushing for a return to the Champions League, they seem like champions in the making based on two crucial metrics.

Away from home, only Sheffield United has a worse record against Newcastle, with one win, seven losses, and two draws. They have only won one of their last eight Premier League games after giving up the opening goal. They have suffered seven losses and one tie.

Jamie Carragher expressed on Sky Sports, “It genuinely worries me.

Mrs. Klopp isn’t pleased! Klopp discussed Darwin’s wastefulness:


It felt like Jurgen Klopp was in full Darwin Nuñez protective mode after the game. Here, he talked about his striker, who, despite five shots, three on target, and an xG of 1.67, returned without scoring:

“In the case of the (initial) goal, almost every player, around 99.99%, would opt for the shot, but he made the choice to pass it instead.” It was very special.

“He’s definitely not happy not to score. Football is just a straightforward ball-in-the-net game, but your team has to do much more than that.

 Darwin’s work gives us space for everything else; he drops a lot, and the situation changes (for the opposition).”

“I am uncertain about the precise number of goals he manages to score, but undoubtedly, he consistently finds the back of the net. The only concern lies in the queries circulating on various social media platforms.”There’s no need for anyone to worry about Darwin; he’s fine, and he made a selfless pass for the early goal.”

Liverpool’s midfield surpassed Newcastle:

Edie Howe praised Joelinton’s physical capability for his comeback, but with the selection of Bruno Guimaraes, Luis Milla, and Sean Longstaff in the midfield trio, they initiated the game with a Brazilian flair on the left-wing, showcasing patience, off-the-ball running, and technical prowess. However, it lacked the physicality to face Liverpool’s aggressive press.

“We’ll have to deal with their strength,” Howe said before the game. “Liverpool has remained relatively unchanged over the past few years, with no notable shifts or transformations taking place.” They play a highly intense style of football – we’ll have to match that, win the first duel.

Newcastle couldn’t match it, and Liverpool secured the sixth-last place; their third-best performance in home displays this season came in the first half. Liverpool dominated their opponents until the second half.

Dubravka’s defiance proves futile: Dubravka needed a solid performance to keep Newcastle in the game, and while the scoreline says he conceded four times, it could have been much worse if he weren’t in such good form.

While many players struggle with poor form and low confidence, Dubravka’s restlessness and general unease spread through the defense, which was one of Newcastle’s significant strengths last season.

With the transfer window opening – and David De Gea’s name on some supporters’ lips – Dubravka was under pressure.

Then it was the right time that, for the most part, he refreshed memories of his first-choice goalkeeper role at Newcastle over the past four years.

Howe awaits the Sunderland showdown: At least Howe and Newcastle have a big game to decide – the FA Cup third-round derby against Sunderland on January 6.

“Following the game, my communication with the team emphasized the importance of focusing forward, directing our attention to the upcoming challenge against Sunderland.” We know how important it is for the fans, the players, for us, for our season, so all our energy is now focused on that.”

Howe expressed his disappointment: So what did Eddie Howe, Newcastle’s manager, do?

Here’s what he told Sky Sports:

“We’re dissatisfied with our defensive display, especially concerning the last two goals and the preceding actions leading to them.”However, my perspective differs on the second penalty; I strongly believe it occurred just prior to Sean Longstaff’s penalty.”

“You must continue to believe that you are the creator of your own destiny.”. “Working hard or feeling negative emotions or feeling sorry for yourself never produces a positive result, so we will look at ourselves and what we can do to improve.

“It wasn’t a good performance for us at all. I felt the boys gave everything. Physically, we were committed to the game, and Liverpool played very well.”

Salah signs in a dramatic style:

Salah was never silent. In a night of high drama for his fortunate Egyptian side, perhaps the main reason Liverpool won the game.In summary, it was a tribute – not that anyone at Liverpool needed it – just how impactful Salah is for Jurgen Klopp’s team, and how much he will be missed when he goes to the Africa Cup of Nations.A night that started poorly, with a missed penalty, ended with a goal straight from the record books in the final minutes.He was particularly present for Liverpool in the second half. Unfortunately for Liverpool, he won’t be seen for almost a month.

So how will tonight’s result affect the Premier League table?

Well, Liverpool is in a good position to challenge Manchester City as they sometimes stumble. “They lead by a margin of three points, outpacing the rest of the competition.”

As for Newcastle, the graph now has to go down to 9th place, as they are only one point behind Brighton, along with Wolves – with Chelsea to play.

Klopp: A sensational game from my team. Jurgen Klopp was ecstatic about his team’s best performance and, speaking to Sky Sports, Liverpool’s boss revealed why:

“It was a sensational game from my team. We had a very lively start. Everyone saw Dubravka or we made sure that the score wasn’t too clear.

“Leaving our goals aside, I liked many aspects. Unbelievable game. Unbelievable atmosphere. It was football schools because of responsive actions. They have to watch it, take it, and keep it. It was all good.”

Klopp also confirmed that Slobodan Jokanovic has a hamstring injury, which he hopes is not too serious.

Stat Attack: Elevated Salah Okay, I want to give you some interesting stats about tonight:

Liverpool is now unbeaten in 28 Premier League home games against Newcastle. The only other fixture still ongoing is Chelsea vs. Everton.

Since missing, scoring, and assisting in a Premier League game in December 2017 (vs. Everton), Mohamed Salah has failed to convert more penalties into goals than any other player (six) for Liverpool.

After Harry Kane (2014/15-2022/23) and Thierry Henry (1999/00-2005/06), Salah becomes the third player to have participated in more than 20 goals (goals and assists) in seven consecutive Premier League seasons.

Since joining Liverpool in 2017-18, Salah has been unsuccessful in converting more Premier League penalties into goals than any other player (six). Only Steven Gerrard (9) and Michael Owen (7) have missed more for Liverpool.

What’s next for Newcastle?

Saturday, January 6: Sunderland (A), FA Cup, 12:45 PM GMT, 7:45 AM ET

The biggest rivalry in English football has been renewed, as neighbors face each other for the first time since March 2016.

Although Sunderland is currently one spot below Newcastle in the Championship, the Magpies have lost their last three visits to the Stadium of Light.

What’s next for Liverpool?

Sunday, January 7: Arsenal (A), FA Cup, 4:30 PM GMT, 11:30 AM ET

The third-round tie could be considered a mini-final of the FA Cup – it has happened three times: in 1950, 1971, and 2001.

These two clashed just a few weeks ago at Anfield in the league and ended in a 1-1 draw. Liverpool lost to Arsenal in October 2022, but in the three previous trips, they secured victories with a total score of seven goals to zero.


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