1-0: Salah (40, fed through to beat the keeper by Oxlade-Chamberlain’s burst and pass)

2-0-: Mane (55, curled a lovely finish round Dubravka after a fine move by Liverpool through the middle)

Referee: Graham Scott (Preston) – did well to keep his yellow cards in his pocket, even if he could easily have red carded Lascelles late on. 6

Attendance: 53, 287

Entertainment: **

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Shots on 3 2

Shots off 11 5

Corners 7 3

Offsides 3 1

Fouls 6 8

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Karius 7; Alexander-Arnold 6, Lovren 6, van Dijk 6, Robertson 6; HENDERSON 8, Can 6, Oxlade-Chamberlain 7 (Milner 79); Salah 7, Firmino 7 (Matip 88), Mane 7 (Lallana 73). Subs (not used): Mignolet (gk), Gomez, Moreno, Solanke.


6 Dubravka: Made one stop and showed good handling and decisions but never able to have the sort of impact he did against Manchester United;

4 Yedlin: Given the runaround at times down the left hand side by Robertson and Mane

6 LASCELLES: Was composed enough in the middle but he should have been red carded

5 Lejeune: Never stopped trying but found the Reds forward line too hot to handle

6 Dummett: Stuck to his way of playing but was often frustrated by Kenedy alongside him to the left

4 Kenedy: Struggled to get going but he was always going to against a team intent on attacking;

5 Atsu: A couple of runs were not enough to get Newcastle moving properly in an attacking sense

6 Merino: Blocked an effort in the first half and helped create an opportunity for Diame, otherwise quiet

6 Diame: Showed willing to try something and would have scored had it not been for a stunning save from Karius

5 Murphy: Showed more attacking intent in the second half after a really low key opening period

5 Gayle: Did what he could to get involved but was always going to be hard as the lone man up front


Joselu (for Gayle 66): Unable to get involved to get the Magpies back into it. 5

Hayden (for Merino 73)

Perez (for Murphy 84)

(not used): Darlow (gk), Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Jordan Henderson – the man from Wearside was clearly determined to put one over those from Tyneside.