Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mane and Salah fire Liverpool to second


Mohammed Salah scored for the seventh straight game as Liverpool moved ahead of Manchester United into second place on the Premier League table. The Reds defeated Newcastle 2-0 with goals from Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah, though the Magpies showed defensive solidity before ultimately crumbling under the force of wave after wave of attack at Anfield. Salah scored in the 40 th minute to open the scoring before Mane made sure of the result 10 minutes after half time to defeat Rafa Benitez’s team, who are still mired in the relegation dogfight.

Benitez, a former Liverpool manager was returning to Anfield as an opposition manager for the third time hoping to maintain his record of not tasting defeat, as on the two occasions he had been at the stadium, his sides have not lost. The Magpies have struggled this campaign. Liverpool boss, Klopp made two changes to his starting 11 from the West Ham as Dejan Loren and Jordan Henderson came in for Joel Matip and James Milner.

For Benitez’s men, there was no Anfield return for former Liverpool man, Jonjo as the injured midfielder was replaced by Mikel Merino. Salah scored his 32 nd goal for an impressive debut season as Chamberlain played a delightful ball to the path of the Egyptian who slotted it under Martin Dubravka. After three interval, The Reds got their second of the game as Mane registered his fifth goal in his last three games following a brilliant pass from Roberto Firmino. The only glimpse of goal Newcastle conjured up came during injury time in the first-half when Loris Karius tipped over Mohamed Diame's curling effort that was heading for the top corner.

Liverpool have set a new Premier League record of most consecutive home games of scoring against a single opponent, netting in 22 consecutive matches against Newcastle at Anfield. Newcastle were poor, only content at containing Liverpool. Benitez must be brave to help the Toons stave off the relegation fears that have hung over them all season.

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