Jetro Willems’ gorgeous strike gave the visiting facet a shock lead contained in the opening 10 minutes, earlier than a Sadio Mane brace and Mo Salah’s second-half aim ensured Liverpool maintained its excellent begin to the season.
The perfect and worst of Jurgen Klopp’s facet was on show on a sunny afternoon at Anfield. The attacking trio of Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino have been in sometimes scintillating type, although defensively it appeared, at instances, that a few of the previous cracks have been exhibiting.
Willems had the liberty of Anfield attacking down Liverpool’s proper facet and made the host pay early on, chopping inside Trent Alexander-Arnold and firing a rocket previous Adrian into the highest nook.
However when Liverpool assaults the best way it did towards Newcastle, maybe defending should not be an excessive amount of of a priority.
It took a trademark marauding, lung-busting run from Andy Robertson down the left to open up Newcastle’s protection, as Mane obtained onto the top of the Scot’s go and curled his personal magnificence into the highest nook.
Although not on the rating sheet himself, Firmino put in a stunning efficiency to earn the person of the match award regardless of beginning the sport from the bench.
It took a first-half damage to Divock Origi for Klopp to convey on the Brazilian, who then instantly modified the sport.
Virtually along with his first contact, he performed an intricate by ball that Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka spilled, permitting Mane to faucet into an empty internet.
Newcastle had two sensible alternatives to equalize early within the second half, however they have been squandered on each events by Emil Krafth.
Liverpool lastly obtained a 3rd towards Newcastle’s resolute protection as Firmino’s magical flick discovered Salah who danced by and slotted the ball dwelling.
“He is so good and I am very joyful he is on my workforce,” Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk advised BT Sport of his Brazilian teammate. “He would hassle any defender on the planet.
“It was powerful to interrupt them down. We analyzed them towards Spurs (1-Zero win), how they saved defending and needed to look ahead to the chance. Going one-nil down right here will not be good, however we reacted correctly and we did properly after that.”
In an already action-packed sport, there was nonetheless time for extra VAR controversy as Liverpool have been denied a transparent penalty whereas 1-Zero down, after Joel Matip was hauled to the bottom by Jamaal Lascelles.
Referee Andre Marriner failed to identify it on the pitch and, so it appears, did his assistant watching the replays on a display screen.
In its first season within the Premier League, the VAR system has come below heavy criticism following a sequence of obtrusive errors.
Premier League officers have mentioned they’re pleased with it up to now, though referee chief Mike Riley admitted 4 errors had already been made up to now.