Reds sink Magpies to remain perfect

Sadio Mane’s brace inspired Liverpool to a 3-1 win over Newcastle United as the Reds made it five  wins from five matches in the Premier League.

Liverpool started without Roberto Firmino with Divock Origi preferred alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the away win over Burnley before the international break.

The Reds were stunned after seven minutes when Jetro Willems draw space on the inside of the area from Christian Atsu’s pass to curl into the far corner of the net.

Thereafter the home side launched a lot of variations which ultimately beared fruits on 28 minutes when Sadio Mane fired into the top corner from a low pass.

Newcastle were now up against the wind, as injury forced the European champions to a removal with Origi sacrificed for Firmino ten minutes to the break.

A defensive lapse gifted Liverpool the front-foot five minutes later after Mane benefit from Martin Dubravka’s hesitant play to slot into an empty net.

Newcastle’s renewable spirit at the restart nearly prompted the equaliser, but the Reds blocked all purported danger circles around their 18-yard area.

Trent Alexander-Arnold nearly extended their lead after 55 minutes following a shot from a tight angle, but Dubravka saved for a corner.

Firmino’s lob pass seven minutes later set-up Andy Robertson who found space for an effort on the near side, but Dubravka’s troops flicked the attempt behind.

Mohammed Salah put the Magpies out of their misery in the 71st minute as he combined with Firmino on the edge of the area to find the bottom corner from a tight angle.

Liverpool came across more openings afterwards, but a three-goal victory in the end proved to be just what the doctor ordered for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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