Looking to secure their second Premier League win at the trot, Liverpool welcome Newcastle United Head to Anfield for Game 5 on Wednesday night (August 31). The Reds were thoroughly tested by the Magpies in their 9-0 thrashing of Bournemouth in their last game. In the end, their depth was saved, with substitute Fabio Carvalho scoring a late winner to seal the victory for the hosts in a gruelling 2-1 record. Roberto Firmino Another goal for the Reds, while Alexander Isaac Found the back of the net for Newcastle.
Liverpool made their first real start in the 34th minute when Firmino interrupted Luis Diaz. The Colombian deftly swept the ball around the goalkeeper but lost his balance before he put it on target, leading to a wayward effort. Four minutes later, Newcastle’s record signing Isaac announced his move to the Premier League as he calmly converted from Sean Longstaff’s through ball.
10 minutes into the second half, Isak burst into the Reds’ box, beat several defenders and found Alisson’s goal. Unfortunately, the Swedes raised the flag for offside. In the 60th minute, Harvey Elliott missed Liverpool’s first shot. His efforts were modest, but a clear sign of the hosts’ intentions. A minute later, Firmino turned to celebrate after finding the goal in the Newcastle penalty area.
The Reds continued to push forward but Newcastle tenaciously held on. The deadlock was finally broken in the eighth minute of stoppage time, when Carvalho made a great transition in the penalty area to give the team a 2-1 win.
Jurgen Klopp’s children have had a mixed performance, with some players showing up and others being dismal. Here are three Liverpool players who came forward, two disappointed by Wednesday’s win over Eddie Howe:
Performer: Harvey Elliott
Harvey Elliott was a force to be reckoned with against Newcastle United on Wednesday night. He was at the heart of almost every fine move for the Reds, pre-assisting Firmino’s goal (to Salah) and beating the Magpies’ challenge with unimaginable ease.
Against Newcastle, Elliott made a key pass, accurately sent 4 long balls, won 6 face-to-face duels and 2 fouls. If the 19-year-old maintains that form, he could soon be the number one name on Klopp’s squad.
Underperforming: Jordan Henderson
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson Had a tough game against Newcastle. He was often unresponsive, failed to spot some obvious passes and was instrumental in the visitors’ opening goal in the first half. He stretched out his foot to try to clear the ball. His moves did more harm than good when the ball went straight to Longstaff, who passed Isaac with perfect weight.
Henderson had lost two of the four head-to-head duels, conceded seven times and misplaced a long ball before being hooked in the 71st minute. A fine pass from Luis Diaz in the first half was the highlight of his game.
Performed by: Roberto Firmino
With Darwin Nunes suspended and Diogo Jota injured, Roberto Firmino was drafted at center on Wednesday night. The Brazilian came into play again with a brace in the Premier League ahead of the Merseysiders, levelling in the 61st minute. There was nothing special about the goal, but his close-range shot was full of confidence.
Firmino often drops back, works with his teammates, creates chances and maintains his edge in aerial duels. On Wednesday, Firmino completed two key passes with 82.5 percent accuracy (33 accurate passes), won three aerial duels, and attempted a tackle.
Underperforming: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold Had a terrible game against the Magpies by his standards. His distribution is poor, he loses possession a lot, and he’s also sluggish.
Alexander-Arnold lost 29 possessions, misplaced 10 of his 11 crosses and made seven errors of his 11 long crosses before being replaced by game-winner Carvalho in the 71st minute. He was also instrumental in Newcastle’s goal, his waywardness helping the visitors rally before Isaac’s strike.
Performer: Mohamed Salah
last season, Mohamed Salah Be the top scorer (23 goals) and best assist provider (13 assists) in the Premier League. The Egypt international has yet to replicate last season’s form but took a few key steps in the right direction at Anfield on Wednesday. Salah’s frustration in front of goal continued as he failed to score a single shot. However, he assisted in Liverpool’s two goals against Newcastle.
In the 61st minute, he made a good pass from the right, and Firmino waited for a supplementary shot in the penalty area to score. Then, right at the death, Salah challenged in the air after a corner pass. The ball bounced off him and landed on Carvalho, who knocked it off Nick Pope.
In addition to assists, Salah also made 6 key passes, completed 3 dribbles, 5 ground duels, and 2 fouls.