Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold scored with a spectacular strike for Liverpool in the Premier League on Thursday. So, among other Premier League football results, Liverpool beat Newcastle United 3-1 – watch the football match highlights to know how.
They thus overcame the absence of three players to suspected positive COVID-19 tests as well as conceding an early goal.
With this resounding 3-1 home victory at Anfield, Liverpool have moved onto 40 points from 17 games. They are now just one point behind leaders Manchester City who beat Leeds United 7-0 on Tuesday (summarized football scores).
Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, and Curtis Jones were all out for the hosts, and the reason may be COVID-19. Meanwhile, Roberto Firmino returned for Liverpool, playing as a substitute (the football news).
Premier League Football Results – Liverpool Beat Newcastle United
Due to such a dearth of defenders among the Reds yesterday, Jonjo Shelvey struck the opener for Newcastle United.
He scored a goal against the run of play in the seventh minute, with a swerving, dipping drive. It was then easier for Shelvey to get past unsighted keeper Allison Becker at Anfield.
But Newcastle’s lead lasted for just 14 minutes before Diogo Jota fired home on a rebound. Actually, Martin Dubravka successfully saved his initial header to level.
After the equalizing goal, though, Newcastle’s players began complaining that the referees should have put the ball out of play. The guests argued that Isaac Hayden was down with an injury in his own box, and played should have stopped.
But, going further into the match, Mohamed Salah put Liverpool ahead by 2-1 just four minutes later.
By blasting home the rebound from a Sadio Mane shot to score, Salah equalled Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy’s record. They each now have 15 consecutive Premier League games with a goal, or an assist at least.
In the second half, Newcastle improved dramatically showing a defensive resolve that has been absent for much of the season.
But it was for naught because Liverpool started to turn the screw in the last 10 minutes.
Dubravka had to crouch smartly to save a Mane attempt in the 81st minute and even blocked Jota’s close-range shot.
The Newcastle keeper then pulled off another super stop from Naby Keita as well.
Still, there was nothing he could do three minutes from the end of normal time. Alexander-Arnold took a touch on the edge of the box before firing a rocket shot into the goalpost’s top corner.