REPORT | Newcastle United 1-3 Liverpool: Reds cap off season with victory over Magpies

After a nightmare start, Liverpool recovered to get the job done in the north east. MATTHEW RAMIREZ reports.

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The Premier League champions ended their season with a win, picking up all three points away to Newcastle as Jürgen Klopp fielded a heavily-rotated outfit.

Five changes in total were made to the starting line-up, with Neco Williams, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino all selected for the initial XI.

The incoming Belgian attacker was among the goals for the first time in 24 games, while Virgil van Dijk and substitute Sadio Mané were also on target to secure victory on the final day.

The game couldn’t have got off to a worse start for the Reds as old enemy Dwight Gayle notched the home side ahead within the opening 30 seconds.  


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A quick ball over the top by former Red Jonjo Shelvey played through the striker, with Gayle narrowing staying onside and poking it under an advancing Alisson to net the fastest goal of the season.

Despite the early setback the Reds quickly took control of the game, racking up possession and pushing Newcastle back into their own half as they went in search of an equaliser.

With this being said, Liverpool had to wait until the 28th minute of the match to test Martin Dúbravka, with the Slovakian pulling off a diving save to deny Minamino’s goal-bound effort.

The Reds continued to push the home side and finally had their deserved equaliser in the 38th minute through Virgil van Dijk.

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A lovely turn by Oxlade-Chamberlain on the edge of the box gave the English midfielder time to lift his head and pick a pass. The No.15 proceeded to float a ball to the back post, with the Dutch centre-back rising highest before dispatching a looping header over Dúbravka and into the net.

Liverpool continued to push for a go-ahead goal for the reminder of the half but found themselves unable to truly worry the Newcastle ‘keeper in the remaining time.

The Reds started the second half in similar vein to the way they ended the first, pushing high and looking to get ahead in the game, with the pressure finally paying off in the 59th minute.

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Andrew Robertson laid the ball off to Origi on the edge of the area and the Belgian did the rest. Last season’s Champions League hero took a touch to get the ball out of his feet before unleashing a long-range curling effort that nestled into the side netting of Dúbravka’s goal.

The one goal advantage was seemingly not enough for Klopp who sent on main men Roberto Fimino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané to make sure of the win.

And it was the latter who did exactly that. A ball out to Mané by Firmino seemed to push the No.10 too far wide, but the Senegalese speedster used both his pace and dribbling ability to quickly cut inside and dispatch a curling effort.


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