Surprisingly, manager Jurgen Klopp only rotated two regulars out of the line-up: captain Jordan Henderson and 2019-20 MVP so far, Roberto Firmino. Here’s how Liverpool lined up.
Liverpool went down 1-0 in the 7th minute after a brilliant Jetro Willems strike. After that, they were on their front foot. Liverpool utterly dominated possession as Newcastle parked the bus. Sadio Mane leveled the game in the 28th and put the Reds ahead in the 37th. At half-time, Liverpool had 81% possession and 10 shots on goal (3 on target) to Newcastle’s 2/1.
It wasn’t just that Liverpool was dominating possession, they were dominating it in Newcastle’s half / third. That’s usually is a recipe for success.
(NOT SELFISH) Mohamed Salah added another brilliant link-up goal in the second half and Liverpool cruised to a 3-1 win. The Reds now have 14 wins in a row, tied for 4th best in Premier League history. So yeah, this is in play now:
Liverpool’s next five Premier League games:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 14, 2019
Sheffield Utd (A)
Leicester City (H)
Man Utd (A)
Will they break Man City’s record? https://t.co/TPNlcTqfbO
Liverpool Player Ratings
Jurgen Klopp (7) – Opted to only rotate out Henderson and Firmino. Coming out of the international break and with two important matches next week, we expected maybe Fabinho and either / or TAA or Robbo resting as well. Wisely subbed Firmino in for Origi, who had an instant impact. And he gave Shaqiri some run finally.
This was a game where the defense really drove the offense. Lots of building and attacking from the back. It’s a good plan for success for this team.
Adrian (6) – Nothing he could do on the Jetro Willems opener. Not much to do after that. The goal was the only shot on target he faced.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (6) – Could’ve played Willems tighter on the opening goal. Gave him enough space in the box to get a quality shot off.
We see you Newcastle 👀— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 14, 2019
What. A. Goal. pic.twitter.com/4xuPc19fXf
Servicing was on point though. Tightened up defensively in second half.
Virgil van Dijk (7) – Good showing. Got his big noggin on some headers that didn’t convert, but still had three shots on goal. Tidy on defense. Successfully completed an absurd 96% of his passes.
Joel Matip (8) – Another strong performance. Matip continues to slightly out-play VVD, which is just insane. Got a shot off. Won 12 (!!!) aerials. Made three tackles. Just a boss.
Andy Robertson (8) – Hasn’t looked 100% this season but was back to his full-throttled booming self today. Actually led the team in touches today with 143, so he was very involved in all aspects of the game. This is the Robbo we need the rest of the campaign.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (7) – Ox looks back to normal. Playing with great pace and confidence. Classic Ox sequence in the 11th minute, cutting through Newcastle to drive a shot that went just wide. Subbed out in the 75th for James Milner. An encouraging outing.
Fabinho (6) – Should’ve rested this game. Was fine. Fewer touches than normal but completed a bunch of short passes (93% success rate).
Georginio Wijnaldum (6) – Got off a couple of quality shots. Better than the more anonymous performances he had in August. Klopp needs to let Gini be more aggressive / offensive. He’s better in a more advanced role. Subbed out in the 84th for Shaqiri.
Divock Origi (5.5) – Had some opportunities but couldn’t find the magic of LITERALLY CONVERTING EVERYTHING like last year. Went out in the 37th minute due to injury.
Sadio Mane (9) – First goal was a great, confident finish.
Second goal was just the tenacity of wanting a goal.
When life gives you lemons, Sadio Mané puts them in the back of the net. pic.twitter.com/QfhnF4DLff— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 14, 2019
No temper tantrums either today, so that’s a win!🙌
Mohamed Salah (8) – At times felt like a “last season” Salah performance, with lots of effort but little results. That all changed in the 72nd minute. Salah linked up with Firmino who beautifully back flicked it to Mo as he continued his run and waltzed into the box for a goal. Just gorgeous.
Liverpool’s attack, it’s a beautiful thing. pic.twitter.com/7DOqtOLWHN— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 14, 2019
Roberto Firmino (9) – Came on for Origi in the 37th. Instant impact, threading the through ball to Mane for the second goal. His back-flick pass to Salah was just awesome. Everyone is in love with Bobby this season.
James Milner (NR) – Came on for Ox to help shut Newcastle down.
Xherdan Shaqiri (NR) – Late sub but good to see him on the pitch finally. Too late to make an impact though.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Almost permanantly want to start giving this to Bobby, but Mane scored two critical goals when Liverpool really needed them. Sadio gets it today.