Newcastle United battled hard but came up short against Liverpool.
A hotly contested match between Newcastle United and current league-leading Liverpool ended with a 3-2 defeat for the Magpies. Christian Atsu and Salomon Rondon scored for the Toon and Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, and Divock Origi provided the goals for the Reds.
Salomon Rondon: What a strike! The Venezuelan target man blasted home the left-footed effort to level things up in the second half.
Christian Atsu: He scored the opening goal and used his pace and dribbling to open things up in the attack.
Javier Manquillo: The right-back did well for the most part against a dangerous Liverpool attack. He made some key interceptions and did well to win a header on Rondon’s goal.
Jamaal Lascelles: Abysmal performance from the captain today. He made the wrong decision and slipped on the opening goal, didn’t play with much urgency throughout, then the final goal went in off his head.
Ki: He wasn’t poor, but he didn’t do much to positively impact the match.
- The officiating didn’t cost Newcastle United the match, but it certainly was slanted against them. Yes, Trent Alexander-Arnold should have been sent off. It was a deliberate handball. I know Newcastle United scored, but that does not negate the illegal play. Also, there was no foul on the play that led to Origi’s late winner from a free kick.
- It was nice to see Newcastle United play to win the match rather than sit back and defend deep. The Toon Army deserved this performance in the final home fixture of the 2018-19 season. A disappointing result but impressive effort.
- Ayoze Perez and Rondon both finishing with double-digit EPL goals, the first NUFC duo to do so since 11-12, is remarkable. That’s a chunk of time between occurrences. Both Ayoze and Rondon stepped up when the club needed them most time and time again.
- Obviously, our thoughts go out to Mohamed Salah after his injury.
Newcastle United will close their season out on the road vs. relegation-bound Fulham and former NUFC striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Lilywhites lost 1-0 to Wolves today.