Liverpool Win 3 Points, Lose Salah in Newcastle
The insanely entertaining head-to-head title race between Liverpool and Manchester City has now seen the Reds hold serve yet again.
Rafael Benitez had his crew ready to go for this one. After all, most were still playing for their jobs, and they came thisclose to damn near dashing the 'Pool's title hopes.
In early stages, Jürgen Klopp's charges had an insight into how this one was gonna go. It wouldn't be easy. Newcastle were attacking, and the atmosphere at the ground was just impressive.
Seven minutes later, Newcastle leveled through Christian Atsu.
The emboldened hosts grew in the game and had their chances immediatly after that goal. The Reds seemed staggered, but only for a moment.
It's not for nothing they're in a title race. Dudes know how to bounce back quickly.
It only took a mere ten minutes, and they were on the board again.
After the break, Newcastle struck first, quickly neutralizing Liverpool's lead.
Former Red Javier Manquillo found Rondon, who smashed the back of the net with a powerful finish from inside the area:
After that, the game's drama rose to another level.
First, Salah took the knock, leaving Liverpool without its main man ...
Getting sandwiched like that, dude's noggin had nowhere to go.
After a silly Ayoze Pérez foul on Fabinho down the right side, Liverpool's title hopes emerged once again. Shaqiri stepped up in the 86th minute and perfectly crossed it to Origi, who nodded the winner home:
The referee added and excruciating eight minutes due to the Salah injury, butthe resilient Reds held on to post a dramatic away win.
Thus, their leapfrog at the top with the Citizens continues:
It's all up to the last match day next Sunday.
Salah will definitely miss Liverpool's long-odds second-leg fixture with Barcelona on Tue 7 May. No word yet on whether he'll be fit for Sunday.