Naby Keita’s first-half goal helped Liverpool gain a hard-earned 1-0 victory at Newcastle United today, keeping Juergen Klopp’s side’s Premier League championship chances alive and temporarily putting them on top of the table.
Liverpool moved two points ahead of champions Manchester City, who can reclaim top place with a win against Leeds United. Newcastle is tenth with 43 points.
Following an early half-chance for Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool took the lead in the 19th minute via Keita, who dribbled past Martin Dubravka and slotted home after a beautiful link-up with Diogo Jota.
Liverpool began without Mohamed Salah, Fabinho, and Trent Alexander-Arnold, probably with one eye on the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Villarreal on Tuesday, but their absence was scarcely noticed as the visitors were barely challenged in the first exchanges.
With Liverpool controlling possession, Newcastle’s finest chance of the half came when Miguel Almiron scored after being sent through by Bruno Guimaraes, only to be called offside.
Liverpool had a rush of opportunities after the interval but couldn’t defeat Dubravka, who stopped Jota and Salah twice before Luis Diaz struck the post in the 84th minute.