Liverpool 3 – 1 Newcastle

A stunning Trent Alexander-Arnold strike sealed a 3-1 victory for Liverpool over Newcastle at Anfield and moved the Reds back within one point of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

A superb Jonjo Shelvey (7) effort from range fired the Magpies into a shock early lead on his return to his former club, but Liverpool equalised in controversial circumstances.

Diogo Jota (21) turned home at the second time of asking, but Isaac Hayden was down in the area, clutching his head after being caught when defending a Liverpool corner moments before. Newcastle’s protests were understandable, but the goal stood.

Four minutes later and Mohamed Salah (25) scored yet again to see Liverpool ahead. He has now matched Jamie Vardy’s record for Premier League goal involvements in consecutive games (15), set by the Leicester striker in 2015.

It was a more even affair in the second half and it took a stunning effort from Alexander-Arnold (87) to secure the three points for Liverpool. The full-back thundered an effort past Martin Dubravka’s fingertips as the Reds became the first side to win 2,000 English top-flight games.

Liverpool are now one point behind Manchester City at the summit and three ahead of third-placed Chelsea, who drew 1-1 with Everton on Thursday.

Newcastle – who lost Jamal Lewis and Allan Saint-Maximin to injury – remain in 19th place on 10 points with Burnley and Watford having games in hand. However, their battling performance will be encouraging for new boss Eddie Howe.

More to follow…

What’s next?

Live Renault Super Sunday

Sunday 19th December 4:15pm

Live Renault Super Sunday

Sunday 19th December 2:00pm

Liverpool are at Tottenham on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League at 4.30pm, while Newcastle host Man City at 2.15pm on Super Sunday, also live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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