Last ditch Origi gives Liverpool dramatic victory
Liverpool won a pulsating encounter at the cauldron of St James’ Park as Divock Origi’s 86th minute header secured a crucial three points for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Merseysiders made the perfect start as a completely unmarked Virgil Van Dijk powered in a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner.
Newcastle quickly equalised through Christian Atsu’s strike after Salomón Rondón’s shot was cleared off the line by the hand of Alexander-Arnold.
The Liverpool defender was fortunate not to be sent off as the goal overrides a penalty/sending off punishment for a goal bound handball.
Newcastle continued to swarm over Liverpool as Atsu knocked the ball into the path of Ayoze Pérez who smashed the woodwork.
Liverpool went ahead again as Daniel Sturridge exquisitely backheeled the ball back to Alexander-Arnold who whipped in a delightful cross to Mohamed Salah who flicked in a fine finish beyond Martin Dúbravka.
It was the Egyptian’s 22nd goal of the season as he leads the chase for the golden boot.
In the second-half, Newcastle made it 2-2 as Rondón slammed into the bottom corner to leave Liverpool stunned.
An unfortunate collision between Salah and Dúbravka left the Egyptian concussed. Newcastle fans sportingly clapped as he was stretchered off the field for further medical attention.
Liverpool continued to press for a winner and it was Jurgen Klopp’s inspired double substitution that paid dividends. Xherdan Shaqiri whipped in a fine free-kick and Origi climbed highest to thunder home a huge goal for Liverpool Football Club in the title chase.
Newcastle 2 vs 3 Liverpool
Atsu 21, Rondón 54
Van Dijk 14, Salah 28, Origi 86
Competition: Premier League
Date: 4th May 2019
Venue: St James’ Park
Man of the Match: Divock Origi. The Belgian came off the bench to score another vital match winning goal.
James Spencer, Thoughts from the Stands
Hi my name is James Spencer and I am a huge Liverpool fan since I was a small boy!
Steven Gerrard was my favourite player growing up and I watched all the fantastic finals that Liverpool won under Houllier and Benitez! I also liked Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypia, Luis Garcia and Xabi Alonso.
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