NEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1):

7 Elliot: Didn’t have a chance with Coutinho’s wonder strike, but made an excellent second-half save to deny Sturridge

7 Yedlin: Suffered a difficult afternoon up against Mane and Coutinho, but made a superb goalline clearance in the first half

8 LASCELLES: Continued his fine run of form with another excellent display that saw him successfully shackle Sturridge and Firmino

7 Clark: Made some important blocks and tackles, but almost shot himself in the foot when his second-half error left Sturridge clear

6 Manquillo: Returned to the side at left-back, but might have been in trouble had Gomez’s crossing been better

7 Merino: Another impressive display from the Spaniard, who mopped things up effectively in front of the Newcastle back four

7 Shelvey: Recalled in place of Hayden, and justified his inclusion with the fine through ball that led to Joselu’s goal

6 Ritchie: Tested Mignolet with an early curler, but spent most of his afternoon on defensive duties rather than causing problems in attack

6 Perez: Ran himself into the ground to close down Liverpool’s midfielders, but rarely looked like threatening in the final third

5 Atsu: Wasn’t able to get himself into a threatening attacking position, but was another player who worked extremely hard

6 Joselu: His goal might have been more about luck than judgement, but he timed his run perfectly to break clear of Liverpool’s back four


Hayden (for Merino, 74)

Gayle (for Joselu, 79)

Diame (for Perez, 90)

(not used): Darlow (gk), Gamez, Lejeune, Murphy.

LIVERPOOL (4-2-3-1):

Mignolet 7; Gomez 6, Lovren 7, Matip 7, Moreno 6; Henderson 6, Wijnaldum 6; Salah 7 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 84), COUTINHO 8, Mane 6 (Solanke 73); Sturridge 5 (Firmino 73).

Subs (not used): Karius (gk), Klavan, Milner, Can.

Man Of The Match: JAMAAL LASCELLES – The Newcastle centre-half has been in fine form this season, and this was another impressive display as he dealt with a series of probing passes and through balls.