Sadio Mane masterminded a Liverpool comeback as Jurgen Klopp’s side chalked up a 14th consecutive Premier League win.
Mane, who threw a strop after being substituted in Liverpool’s previous game because Mo Salah wouldn’t pass to him, showed his finishing prowess with a quickfire double in the first half after Jetro Willems had given Newcastle a shock early lead. Salah also got in the act with Liverpool’s third goal after the break to leave Klopp’s side undefeated at Anfield in the league since 2017 – a run of 43 games.
Mane had a header wide and then teed up another close header for Divock Origi – but visitor’s ‘keeper Martin Dubravka wasn’t overworked. It was Mane who came to the rescue with a brilliant equaliser after 28 minutes. Andy Robertson broke down the left and slipped a pass into Mane who was hovering by the angle of the penalty area.
The African shuffled the ball inside and let rip with a shot into the corner as unstoppable as the earlier one from Willems had been. Firmino had to interrupt his rest to replace Origi after 37 minutes, the Belgian never recovering from getting a kick by Miguel Almiron. Two minutes later, Liverpool were ahead. Joel Matip dispossessed Atsu and Oxlade-Chamberlain seized on the loose ball to play in Mane.
The forward got a bit lucky when Dubravka’s initial block broke kindly to him but there was no doubting the love from The Kop as Mane tapped in his second goal. Even Salah jogged across to day Well Done.
Liverpool also felt they should have had a penalty when Joel Matip tussled with Jamaal Lascelles in the box but VAR didn’t feel the need to ask referee Andre Marriner to check his original decision of no foul. Liverpool started the second half intent on trying to put the game to bed as quickly as possible.
Gini Wijnaldum’s dipping half-volley landed on the roof of the net and Firmino tested Dubravka with a sharply-taken header. Firmino then flicked a pass into the path of fans’ favourite Robertson who was just inches away from scoring his first goal of the season.
Salah had been quiet until that stage but he came to life just as The Kop started to sing his name after 72 minutes. He played a pass into Firmino and then accelerated to receive a back-heeled return. Fabian Schar fell over in his effort to stop the Liverpool man and Salah glided into the area before planting a low finish past Dubravka. Game won.