Liverpool’s Top 4 Quest Hang in the Balance As Had-Fighting Newcastle United Deny Reds All Three Points

Liverpool’s Top 4 Quest Hang in the Balance As Had-Fighting Newcastle United Deny Reds All Three Points

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:41 PM

- Liverpool vs Newcastle saw Jurgen Klopp’s side fail to hold onto their lead yet again

- Mohamed Salah’s third minute goal was cancelled out in stoppage time of the encounter

- Jurgen Klopp’s side will definitely blame themselves if they fail to finish this season in top four

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Premier League club Liverpool failed to move into the top four after failing to hold onto their lead as Newcastle deny the Reds all three points at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah stormed down the tunnel in despair as Jurgen Klopp’s side could not believe they yet again fail to move into the top four position.

They couldn’t get that crucial second goal, despite being presented with a lot of opportunities in the encounter, and they were punished by the visitors.

Liverpool were even thrown a huge lifeline with a contentious late VAR decision that ruled out Wilson’s late goal, but couldn’t take advantage, and they were sent spinning with the last kick of the game.

Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah opened the scoring as early as the third minute when Mane sashayed down the inside-left channel and moved inside.

Firmino challenged for a header six yards out, but Clark eyebrowed it on. It dropped to Salah, on the right-hand corner of the six-yard box.

He took a gentle touch to trap, swiveled Ritchie, and unleashed an unstoppable rising shot into the top right; 1-0 Liverpool.

Newcastle tried to respond immediately, Saint-Maximin testing Kabak down the left and earning a corner. Nothing came of it, but there’s early promise of a cracking match.

Liverpool’s Top 4 Quest Hang in the Balance As Had-Fighting Newcastle United Deny Reds All Three Points
Liverpool vs Newcastle United ended 1-1. Photo: Clive Brunskill
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Liverpool would have doubled their lead in the 48th minute when Salah worked his way infield from the right and fed Firmino, who spinned on the right-hand edge of the Newcastle D and fired towards the bottom right. It was an easy claim for Dubravka.

Newcastle however found the back of the net in the 90th minute as Wilson is sent scampering down the middle!

He beat Kabak and Alexander-Arnold and shot at Alisson, who parried. The ball pinged up towards Wilson, who bundles but VAR ruled out the goal as footage shows the ball sprung up off Alisson onto the top of Wilson’s arm.

There was late drama in stoppage time after Liverpool failed to clear their lines, Gayle nodded down into the path of Willock, whose shot is deflected past Alisson and into the corner! 1-1.

Jurgen Klopp’s side now have a herculean task to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that English Premier League giants Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Brazilian sensation Kayky who currently plays for local club Fluminense.

Reports have it that both clubs have sealed agreement on a fee of €10million plus add-ons back in February already.

The 17-year-old, who has been described as the 'New Neymar', will remain at Fluminense for the rest of the Brazilian Serie A season.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.