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While Steve Bruce’s side face another tough test, having suffered defeat on Boxing Day to Manchester City, thanks to goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres. And while the Reds can stretch their lead to five points, Newcastle can secure a 10-point cushion between themselves and the relegation zone heading into 2021.
The Reds have won the last five meetings between the sides, including the 3-1 win last time out at St James’ Park, with goals from Virgil van Dijk, Divock Origi and Sadio Mane in response to Dwight Gayle’s early opener. Mohamed Salah will hope to stretch his lead in the race to win the Golden Boot, with his 13 strikes two clear of Jamie Vardy, Son Heung-min and Dominic Calvert-Lewin currently. You can follow live goal and score updates, plus analysis and reaction from tonight’s game below:
NEWCASTLE 0-0 LIVERPOOL (65’)
Liverpool continue to search for an opening, while Newcastle repel each and every attack. Milner picks up a yellow card for a late challenge on Joelinton.
Callum Rice-Coates30 December 2020 21:22
NEWCASTLE 0-0 LIVERPOOL (62’)
This feels like the kind of match that could be decided by an influential substitute or two. Thiago, in particular, could be the key to unlocking Newcastle if Klopp is willing to send on the Spaniard.
Callum Rice-Coates30 December 2020 21:20
NEWCASTLE 0-0 LIVERPOOL (60’)
The game is starting to open up, although Liverpool are still searching for their usual fluency. Another away draw would be a frustration for Klopp and his players.
Callum Rice-Coates30 December 2020 21:17
NEWCASTLE 0-0 LIVERPOOL (57’)
Robertson sets off on a typically purposeful run down the left, but his low ball into the box is easily intercepted. Shortly after, Mane is picked out by an Alexander-Arnold diagonal and finds himself in space in the box. The flag is quickly up for offside, though.
Callum Rice-Coates30 December 2020 21:15
NEWCASTLE 0-0 LIVERPOOL (54’)
Close! Alexander-Arnold whips a corner towards the near post and Mane attacks it, glancing a header just wide and looking on in anguish as the ball brushes the side netting.
Callum Rice-Coates30 December 2020 21:12
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NEWCASTLE 0-0 LIVERPOOL (52’)
Liverpool defend another set piece, this time sent into the box by Ritchie. The ball is quickly worked up to Firmino, who escapes on the left and sees a cross cleared. Then Newcastle break again, with Wilson powering forward but lacking any support from his teammates.
Callum Rice-Coates30 December 2020 21:09
NEWCASTLE 0-0 LIVERPOOL (50’)
Newcastle soak up some pressure, allowing Liverpool to control possession, and then look to take advantage of another counter attacking opportunity. Yedlin bursts forward from the right, drawing a foul from Fabinho, who goes into the book. The free kick is delivered by Murphy, but it’s a poor ball and Alexander-Arnold is there to head it away.
Callum Rice-Coates30 December 2020 21:07
Newcastle get us back underway!
Callum Rice-Coates30 December 2020 21:02
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