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Newcastle United 0-0 Liverpool: Post-Match Analysis

Liverpool lose points back in back matches against bottom-half sides as they drew 0-0 away to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Wednesday night.

Jurgen Klopp’s boys missed loads of chances to extend the lead at the top of the table but his forwards were not clinical enough and great goalkeeping from Karl Darlow.

Liverpool’s summer signing Thiago Alcantara came off of the bench in the second half after his injury problems for the first time in 2 months.

With this draw Liverpool holding the Premier League top spot and only 3 points ahead of 2nd place Manchester United who have one extra game in hand. Liverpool have 33 points in 16 games and Newcastle United are in 14th with 19 points in 15 matches.

Newcastle United 0-0 Liverpool Team News:

Liverpool made just two changes from their draw against West Brom on Sunday, Giorginio Wijnaldum was replaced by James Milner in midfield and Nathaniel Phillips came in defence for Joel Matip.

Jurgen Klopp went with his preferred 4-3-3 formation and their famous front three Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah started the game. Thiago Alcantara registered himself on the substitution bench after his long injury lay off.

Newcastle United made only one change as Miguel Almiron was replaced by Callum Wilson. Steve Bruce opted to go with a 5-4-1 formation as he always does against big sides.

Newcastle United 0-0 Liverpool Match Analysis:

Liverpool didn’t start well enough as Callum Wilson managed to get in behind the Liverpool defence but a great block from Fabinho denied him.

Liverpool had their first chance on the 34 minutes, a great long ball from Jordan Henderson for Salah opened up the Newcastle defence but Salah’s attempt brilliantly saved by Karl Darlow.

Multiple mistakes from Newcastle defender opened up for Liverpool but a great interception from DeAndre Yedlin saved the Magpies.

At the half time mark, a great cross from Mane headed towards the goal by Firminho but another great save from Darlow denied Liverpool from taking the lead in the first half.

Mohamed Salah missed a one on one opportunity in the second half, a great through pass from Firmino. Firmino missed an open net himself, a great corner from Andrew Robertson but Firmino puts it wide from the handshaking distance.

Newcastle United had a great opportunity from a set-piece but saved brilliantly by Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson.

Liverpool had another great opportunity but brilliantly cleared off the line by Newcastle United.

In the end, Liverpool had another attempt on target from a corner but Karl Darlow saved the day brilliantly for Newcastle.

Notable Performances:

Karl Darlow(GK) – (7.5/10)(Newcastle United): Made two great saves to keep his team in the contest. He was the best Newcastle player in the game.

Jordan Henderson(CM) – (7/10)(Liverpool): He was terrific in the middle of the park. Made two excellent long passes to open up the stubborn Newcastle defence.

Mohamed Salah(RW) – (5/10)(Liverpool) Missed two glorious opportunity to give his team crucial three points but could not convert either of his chances.

Liverpool’s next match is away to Southampton at Saint Mary’s Stadium on the 4th of January and Newcastle will play against Leicester City at home on Sunday.

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