3 best Liverpool players in their 3-1 win vs Newcastle United


3 best Liverpool players in their 3-1 win vs Newcastle United

Liverpool won 3-1 vs Newcastle United on Thursday evening at Anfield. Here are our picks for the Reds’ three best players on a difficult day.

Mohamed Salah

Unquestionably Liverpool’s most dangerous player in that first half. Just about everything went through Salah – primarily him trying to create chances. In fact, some of the Egyptian’s passes were magnificent.

But Salah was also a constant out-ball with his runs in behind the left-back. Both Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked to go long for the Liverpool no.11, really troubling Newcastle in the process.

Then, of course, Salah got his goal. Sadio Mane made it happen (and would surely have got a penalty) as his shot came back off the goalkeeper. Salah was on hand to finish, putting Liverpool into the lead vs Newcastle.

In truth, he was incredibly quiet in the second half as the Magpies piled players onto his flank. That saw him get a rare substitution – but that first half was exactly what Liverpool needed.

Sadio Mane

Mane wasn’t quite the threat that Salah was in that first half, while also being the Liverpool player that hurt Newcastle the most. The no.10 opened them up for both goals.

Mane perfectly picked out Diogo Jota at the back post for a point-blank header. Jota really should have scored it first-time but, fortunately, the rebound fell straight to him for the finish.

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And Mane made the second happen, too. His burst into the box got him through on goal – and fouled – before his shot rebounded to Salah for 2-1. Even if he didn’t get a goal or even, technically, an assist, Mane did as much to help Liverpool beat Newcastle as anyone.

Ibrahima Konate

Liverpool had a very poor second half as they struggled to kill the game off. That clearly envigorated Newcastle, who pushed on the counter-attack consistently against isolated Red defenders.

That’s a big test for Ibrahima Konate, then. The 22-year-old found himself as the last man on a few occasions in Virgil van Dijk’s role.

But he met the test wonderfully well. On at least three occasions, Konate held off a Newcastle attacker as the last line in the Liverpool defence. His composure, strength and pace all looked elite – and Liverpool needed it to.

Konate kept the second half quiet to set up that incredible Trent Alexander-Arnold goal to seal it. Brilliant from someone who likely only started because of late changes.

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