Newcastle substitute Joe Willock hit an impressive but well-deserved equalizer in the 95th minute. To deny Liverpool the much-needed victory in their pursuit of Champions League football.
Mohamed Salah‘s first goal looks to put the champions on the line for three crucial points. As they chase a top-four at the disappointing end of the season.
But even though they ruled early, Jurgen Klopp‘s team failed to finish the game. And was given a lifeline they failed to take when Callum Wilson’s last-minute equalizer. That was sent off with a handball.
Steve Bruce’s highly improved visitors continued the pressure of time and won the prize. When Willock shot into the third game in a row with the final kick of the game. To strengthen their position at the bottom of the table.
The competition leaves Liverpool by four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Who beat fifth-placed West Ham 1-0, with five games to go.
Liverpool is withering away again
It was already time for Liverpool to forget about the gentle title defense campaign and the no-frills campaign. Even before the external disruption of the ambition spent this week in the European Super League.
There were quite protests against the club’s owners as the team’s coach arrived at Anfield. But the players themselves were very happy. And the disruption was not the same as what was seen at Arsenal on Friday night.
Salah’s first goal, which went on to control the clearance. And a flurry of what surprisingly Liverpool’s first goal at home in 2021. It looks to put them in a position to win that will silence the news off and off the field.
Jurgen Klopp combined Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Diogo Jota alongside Salah in the attacking line-up. And they all got the chance, with Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka making eight solid saves when it didn’t look impressive.
But as the game wore heavily on Liverpool and its drive ended. A common perception in recent months.
The late Newcastle meeting means two more points have cost the home team. And a disappointing season that could end without even gaining a place in the Champions League in the future.
Safe magpies now?
Newcastle came into the game after a one-off seven-game losing streak. With their last use of Anfield now pushing them nine points ahead of Fulham in 18th place. Are they really safe?
Bruce has been widely criticized for his entire use of Newcastle’s defense, which included a 5-4-1 formation. That had no effect as Salah crashed following a Ciaran Clark header.
But at Allan Saint-Maximin the visitors had the most outstanding attacker in the game. And he carried the threat alone in most of the game.
Joelinton at the time couldn’t, he probably should have guessed. But Alisson kept his effort before Wilson got into a second try. But the ball hit his arm and the VAR ruled.
Many teams would have been confused by the very late disappointment. So all the glory goes to Newcastle for a repeat. And Willock was sure he would end up as he came in with a run from ten yards out.