Liverpool stun Newcastle at Anfield as Manchester United drops to third

Liverpool stun Newcastle at Anfield as Manchester United drops to third

Liverpool stun Newcastle at Anfield as Manchester United drops to third

Visiting manager Rafa Benitez, a former Reds dugout legend, has never tasted defeat as the opposing manager when taking on the Kopites; however, Jurgen Klopp will be confident he can undo that trend considering the firepower the German's outfit now possess.

The Reds started the game fourth and may have feared they would stay there, having been frustrated for 40 minutes until Salah's opening goal, his 32nd of the season in all competitions.

"But I think that they have the potential to do it".

Benitez's name was routinely chanted by both sets of fans around Anfield and he is still adored on Merseyside. Liverpool are seconds from victory.

"If you look at goal difference in relation to Chelsea, and if they get beaten by one or two tomorrow, it's like a point [in our favour] isn't it?"

Newcastle do not have any suspended players ahead of the tie.

Newcastle is in 15th but is just two points clear of the dreaded relegation zone.

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A ricochet in midfield fell to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who fed Salah for the Egypt worldwide to take a sharp touch out of his feet and hit a crisp finish through the legs of Dubravka. He claimed the assist for Salah's opener when he pounced on a loose ball in the centre of the pitch before driving at the opposing back line until a passing lane for Salah opened up.

James Milner (knock) is a doubt but there is more positive news on Jordan Henderson after he came through a full week of training at the club's Melwood facility.

There was a suggestion that long-term injury sufferer Nathaniel Clyne could potentially make his return against the Toon after recording 90 minutes for the Under-23's midweek, but the Anfield boss insists it is still too soon for first-team football for the Englishman.

In December, Benitez came in for heavy criticism over the way he approached a home encounter with champions-elect Manchester City, but he almost earned a point against Pep Guardiola's side.

Liverpool took complete control 10 minutes after half-time when Roberto Firmino drove at the heart of the Newcastle defence, playing in Senegal winger Mane, who claimed his 14th goal of the season with a clinical finish. "It will be "all the best" after the game", explained Benitez, forever the professional.

But Saturday's opponents will be well-drilled, with Benitez searching for at least a point to ensure Newcastle's fight against relegation continues in earnest.

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