After an early scare, Liverpool has continued its high-flying model because the Reds host Newcastle at Anfield.
The house crowd is buzzing behind first-half targets from Diogo Jota and (who else) Mohamed Salah that turned the sport on its head after Jonjo Shelvey put Newcastle up contained in the opening 10 minutes.
Liverpool wants a win to maintain tempo with Manchester Metropolis, who put the strain on with a demolition of Leeds United two days in the past. The Reds acquired some worrying information pre-match as three gamers had been confirmed to have examined optimistic for COVID-19. That hasn’t been a problem to date by 45 minutes, because the Reds appear to have all the things beneath management at house.
Martin Dubravka and Allan Saint-Maximin have been the lone shiny spots for Newcastle on reverse ends of the pitch, however they’ve little assist all through the remainder of the Magpies squad. Eddie Howe could quickly need to carry on main scorer Callum Wilson who was disregarded of the beginning lineup. The Magpies are buried within the relegation zone and wish any factors they will muster from any corners of the schedule.
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Liverpool vs. Newcastle reside rating
7′ – Newcastle: Jonjo Shelvey
21′ – Liverpool: Diogo Jota
25′ – Liverpool: Mohamed Salah
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forty sixth minute: The second half is beneath approach, and already Newcastle seems to be a little bit of a multitude. Daring technique, we’ll see the way it works out for them! So is Liverpool too, apparently.
Klopp not very proud of Alexander-Arnold after a slack ball into contact. #LFC proceed to muddle round in second gear
— Ian Doyle (@IanDoyleSport) December 16, 2021
Except for Jonjo Shelvey’s opener, which gave the guests hope of an upset, it has been all Liverpool on a regular basis.
From the opening whistle to the halftime break, Liverpool has defended with numbers and attacked with venom. Newcastle itself hasn’t helped, producing a bunch of errors on the again each out and in of possession to assist feed the house aspect.
It is going to be a really steep uphill battle for Newcastle to earn a consequence from this match, however as Shelvey proved contained in the opening 10 minutes, it simply takes one second of brilliance to show the match on its head. That may give Newcastle hope when not a lot else has.
forty fourth minute: Newcastle’s first contact within the Liverpool half in ages leads to Allan Saint-Maximin charging ahead dangerously and reducing again throughout however no teammate is there to satisfy it. Story of the sport for Newcastle because the opener. Two minutes of stoppage time to be added. Joelinton booked for a tough problem on Salah who was dribbling ahead by the Liverpool half, and there was area for a counter.
thirty fifth minute: It is all Liverpool now. Fabian Schar has to make a diving cease to maintain a cross from reaching Jota who was streaking alone on internet, after which Oxlade-Chamberlain skies the following nook miles over. Then moments later Salah had an excellent probability to go 3-1 up, however he skitters the shot huge left throughout the face of aim. Beat Dubravka however beat the put up.
Appears like a very long time in the past that Shelvey gave Newcastle the lead.
32 – Liverpool have scored in every of their final 32 video games in all competitions, the longest ever scoring run of their historical past. Flowing. #LIVNEW
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 16, 2021
twenty fifth minute: GOAL! Liverpool! Defensive errors ALL OVER the sphere, on each ends. An terrible Shelvey move presents Sadio Mane a golden probability which Dubravka saves very nicely, after which Mo Salah delivers the follow-up – which to be honest, Dubravka almost saved once more.
That is the fifth straight street recreation at Newcastle which Mo Salah has scored in. Liverpool has turned the sport on its head.
With that aim, Mo Salah equals Jamie Vardy’s report of scoring or aiding in 15 successive PL video games. #LIVNEW
— Alistair Magowan (@alistairmagowan) December 16, 2021
twenty third minute: What an entertaining match this has been. Thiago has been horrible, giving the ball away once more that permits Allan Saint-Maximin straight by on aim, however Alisson makes an infinite save to maintain the sport degree.
twenty first minute: GOAL! Liverpool! Controversy for certain. Off a nook, Diogo Jota noticed his preliminary header saved on the close to put up by Dubravka, however put the rebound in. Newcastle had two gamers down, most notably Isaac Hayden, and the Magpies are FURIOUS concerning the aim being allowed and the sport not stopped, as Hayden was the person who would have marked Jota and the explanation the goalscorer was so open to satisfy the cross from Sadio Mane. Both approach, Mike Dean permits the aim, and it is degree.
We aren’t within the enterprise of speculating accidents, however Hayden seemed to be *superb* simply moments later.
nineteenth minute: It is not occurring for Liverpool within the last third in the intervening time. Jota has a tiny window on the break however cannot get the left-footed shot on the right track and hits the aspect netting. The Reds are dominating possession and racking up the photographs however at this level have not really threatened Dubravka’s internet.
14th minute: Jamal Lewis is down having grabbed the again of his proper leg, probably a hamstring downside. There is not a pure left-back substitute on the bench for Newcastle, and it’s wing-back/winger Matt Ritchie to return on for the primary substitute of the sport, compelled through harm. Ritchie has Salah to cope with for 75 minutes…
ninth minute: Sadio Mane hits the put up, however the offside flag is up. After a cagey first 5 minutes, this recreation has sprung to life. Peacock TV feed seems to be working now.
seventh minute: GOAL! Newcastle! Thiago provides the ball away and Jonjo Shelvey opens the scoring with a blistering 25-yard strike in entrance of the Kop. Alisson was utterly rooted to the spot. A shock lead for the guests who’ve had hardly a contact on the ball up to now. Newcastle may get an enormous enhance within the relegation battle with a consequence right here at Anfield.
fifth minute: The match is beneath approach, though no one can watch within the U.S. as a result of it could appear Peacock TV is down. We’ll replace as info is given. In the meantime, Liverpool has the primary probability of the match as a intelligent backheel from Mo Salah finds Diogo Jota however Martin Dubravka saves.
2:58 p.m. ET: The followers are prepared at Anfield. However the Imperial March is quickly available to drown issues out. Lol.
Then the Premier League anthem ruins all of it.
— Ian Doyle (@IanDoyleSport) December 16, 2021
2:38 p.m. ET: Liverpool warming up minus a couple of gamers dominated out on account of COVID-19. Newcastle not out on the pitch simply now, however will probably be able to go as nicely. Take a look:
2:06 p.m. ET: Lineups are in.
For Liverpool, van Dijk certainly misses after testing optimistic for COVID-19, as Ibrahima Konate is available in to center-back and Joe Gomez makes the bench. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been used up entrance of late, slides again into midfield with Fabinho out, most popular over Naby Keita and James Milner who each stay on the bench.
Newcastle does slide a struggling Miguel Almiron to the bench, however not in favor of the three-CB system as we thought would possibly occur. As an alternative, a extra conventional lineup sees Ryan Fraser get his first begin of December.
1:58 p.m. ET: That jinx barely even took 10 minutes. Liverpool broadcasts three gamers will miss at the moment’s match on account of COVID-19. This might be important not simply at the moment however shifting ahead for Liverpool. In line with the Liverpool Echo, the Reds didn’t apply for the sport to be postponed as they don’t, at this level, view the scenario as an “outbreak.”
Fabinho, Curtis Jones and Virgil van Dijk will miss tonight’s Premier League fixture towards Newcastle United after registering suspected optimistic assessments for COVID-19.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 16, 2021
1:46 p.m. ET: Liverpool (on the threat of a giant jinx) has up to now prevented a COVID-19 outbreak that different Premier League groups are starting to fall sufferer to. A part of the reason being Jurgen Klopp’s laborious stance on vaccination. A report this morning said that 25% of EFL gamers polled said that they had no plans to get vaccinated, which may trigger an issue for golf equipment because the Omicron variant pushes by Europe. Klopp, in the meantime, has championed this narrative for fairly some time now, and it has resonated with the squad and workers.
1:30 p.m. ET: Here is one participant who’d like to get in on the scoring motion. The six video games with no aim or help is throughout all competitions.
Sadio Mane is at the moment on a streak of 6 video games with no aim or help, which is 1 off his longest run with no aim contribution for Liverpool, when he went 7 video games in October and November of 2018.
Can he flip it round tonight towards Newcastle? pic.twitter.com/YS2RQIR0XH
— Anfield Version (@AnfieldEdition) December 16, 2021
11:48 a.m. ET: Liverpool’s scoring at the moment, proper? Solely query is what number of:
📊 STAT: Liverpool have scored in 25 consecutive house matches towards Newcastle – a Premier League-record run, whereas they’ve discovered the online in 38 of the final 39 within the prime flight at Anfield. #awlive [lfc] pic.twitter.com/ObVNjy548V
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) December 16, 2021
Liverpool vs. Newcastle lineups
Liverpool beginning lineup (4-3-3, left to proper): Alisson (GK) — Robertson, Konate, Matip, Alexander-Arnold — Thiago, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain — Mane, Jota, Salah
Liverpool subs (9): Kelleher (GK) – Pitaluga, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Gomez, Minamino, Tsimikas, Williams.
Newcastle projected beginning lineup (4-2-3-1, left to proper): Dubravka (GK) — Manquillo, Lascelles, Schar, Lewis — Hayden, Shelvey, Frasier, Murphy — Saint-Maximin, Joelinton
Newcastle subs (9): Darlow (GK) – Clark, Wilson, Ritchie, Hendrick, Almiron, Willock, Gayle, Longstaff.
The right way to watch Liverpool vs. Newcastle
- Date: Thursday, Dec. 16
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: — None —
- Streaming: Peacock (subscription required)
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Pre-match betting traces, picks & predictions
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
The bookmakers are eyeing a blowout on this one, and understandably so. Liverpool has obliterated nearly everybody in its wake this season…till just lately.
The Reds fell to West Ham in early November, and some weaknesses have sprung up since then. They bounced again splendidly, placing 4 targets previous every of Arsenal, Southampton, and Everton, however they’ve slogged to a pair of 1-0 wins of their final two matches towards defensively stout groups in Wolves and Aston Villa.
Newcastle can not declare to categorize itself as “defensively stout” because the Magpies have not saved a single clear sheet this whole Premier League season. Nonetheless, this might be a possibility for Klopp to relaxation some drained legs. Nonetheless, it does seem attainable to reap the benefits of the oddsmakers love for Liverpool and bounce on a couple of plus odds in favor of Newcastle retaining issues shut, whereas nonetheless anticipating Liverpool to return away with all three factors.
Backing Mohamed Salah additionally appears very best, with the Egyptian in spectacular kind. Salah has scored or assisted a aim in each single Premier League recreation this season save one from approach again in August. His anytime-scorer odds are nugatory, however first-goalscorer odds look attractive sufficient, particularly if Klopp once more selects Oxlade-Chamberlain because the central striker. If Jota returns to the lineup, he’s one to eye as nicely, having scored six targets in his final eight begins.
Choose : Newcastle +2.5 (-105), Salah first goalscorer (+200)
Prediction : Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle
- Moneyline : Liverpool -900 / Draw +950 / Newcastle +2200
- Unfold : Liverpool -2.5 (-105) / Newcastle +2.5 (-105)
- O/U 3.5 complete targets : Over -130 / Beneath +105
- Each groups to attain : Sure +110 / No -145