“Newcastle’s tenacity has brought an unbeaten run of four but they exhausted badly at Bournemouth, and Liverpool will run and run”.
“Rafa Benitez’s side are always well organised”. The game is followed by a 21-day break between fixtures.
“Newcastle’s survival won’t hinge on this”. You can win the last game and be safe.
“David Silva had a few weeks where, for private reasons, he couldn’t play, but plays an outstanding season as well”, said the Liverpool manager. “And Crystal Palace’s right-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah, I have played against him twice this season, and even last season, he had me really well under control and I told him how happy I was to play against him”.
“They didn’t give any space in the beginning but we just [kept trying]”.
DF Andrew Robertson, 7 – Subdued in the first half apart from one trademark energetic chase in pursuit of opposition defenders.
“We are learning but we are still making mistakes against teams”. What do you think?
Liverpool were rarely troubled by a Newcastle side lacking any attacking ambition, with Klopp content to wrap up a routine win ahead of upcoming matches against Porto and Manchester United.
The Reds can establish a Premier League record of scoring in 22 consecutive home games against a single opponent.
The goal was also the 200th in Klopp’s 97th league game in charge and since he was appointed in October 2015 only Manchester City (214) have scored more.
“He will have done really, really well to stay in the league with the players he’s got”.
Salah’s strike brought his tally for the season to 32 goals but Klopp was keen to point out the contribution of the whole team.
Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off saw Burnley come from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at Turf Moor and end a 12-game winless run.
Liverpool have won seven and drawn two of their last 10 league games and will be eager to continue to harvest points when they host 15th-placed Newcastle United on Saturday.
When Egyptian global Salah gave Liverpool the lead after 40 minutes it was his 32nd goal of the season in all competitions for Liverpool and the seventh game in succession that he had found the net.
As has become his standard practice against the Premier League’s elite, Benitez sent Newcastle out in an ultra-defensive formation, yet the Magpies might still have gone in at the interval on level terms from their only noteworthy attack of the game.
Liverpool are up to second place in the league for at least 48 hours with a very comfortable win over Newcastle.
Rafael Benitez was Liverpool’s manager for 350 matches between 2004 and 2010, winning 55% of those fixtures.