Salah, Mane Strike Sinks Newcastle, Fire Liverpool Into Second
Mohamed Salah scored for the seventh successive match to continue a remarkable scoring spree which is the best in Europe as Liverpool comfortably beat Newcastle 2-0.
The Egypt international’s 32nd goal of the campaign — the same number the Magpies have managed in all competitions this season was the 26th competitive club match he has scored in, eclipsing the likes of Paris St Germain’s Edinson Cavani (24) and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (20) in the big five leagues.
Sadio Mane added Liverpool’s second with his fifth goal in his last three matches, which came after the move of the night with a series of quick interchanges culminating in Roberto Firmino’s brilliantly-threaded pass through a seemingly impenetrable forest of legs.
Liverpool moved back into second place, with Manchester United having the chance to regain it against Crystal Palace on Monday, after inflicting Rafael Benitez’s first defeat in his six fixtures as manager against the team he guided to Champions League glory in 2005.
It was a bitterly cold return to Merseyside for the Spaniard, whose attempts at damage limitation against the free-scoring Reds lasted until five minutes before the break.
Prior to his goal Salah was denied three times. His first shot was blocked by Paul Dummett’s hands in front of his body, then he rifled an effort into the side-netting and finally he delayed too long in switching the ball to his right foot after being teed up by Firmino.
Newcastle’s luck could not hold, however, and when the impressive Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain burst onto a loose ball centre-back Jamaal Lascelles was drawn to the midfielder, affording the summer signing plenty of space to slip a pass to his right where Salah promptly slotted through Martin Dubravka’s legs.