Liverpool fans around the world breathed a sigh of relief as Liverpool edged Newcastle 3-2 in the dying minutes of the match. Here’s @Hormiz_LFC player ratings for the Reds in their statement win ahead of their CL semi-final against Barcelona.
It took a lot of passion, determination, character, resilience and a bit of luck but with a narrow 3-2 at St. James’ Park Liverpool have forced the title to be decided on final day no matter the Manchester City result on Monday.
Liverpool on the ball rolling in the 13th minute when Virgil van Dijk found himself unmarked from a corner to make it 1-0. It seemed like Liverpool were gonna cruise to an easy, professional victory before Christian Atsu levelled it seven minutes later.
Mohamed Salah made it 2-1 just before the half-hour mark as Liverpool again seemed to regain control. But it all kicked off though when Salomón Rondón made it 2-2 after the break.
From that point on Liverpool lost control of the match as Newcastle began to attack more and made it scrappy. A Salah injury didn’t help proceedings as Liverpool were really up against it.
But in the 86th minute Divock Origi rose up to meet a Xherdan Shaqiri cross as Liverpool scratched and clawed their way to another Premier League victory to make it eight in a row entering the final day.
Came out to make some critical catches and punches while also getting down smartly for a fierce Rondón shot.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 8
Another brace of assists for Alexander-Arnold as he again provides Liverpool with a fantastic attacking outlet on the right.
Dejan Lovren: 6
Didn’t have the worst game ever but struggled at times, especially up against Rondón. Won virtually nothing up against the Venezuelan.
Virgil van Dijk: 8
Van Dijk, on the other hand, did not allow Rondón anything. Won every battle against the big man in a normally great performance from the defender. And even popped up with a goal to take his season tally to 6 in all competitions.
Andy Robertson: 8.5
Although he fell behind in his assist race with Trent, Robertson was just as good, if not better than his counterpart. Running up and down the left with a limitless energy tank, Robertson continues to play a major role at both ends of the pitch.
Had a few tough spells here and there but overall dealt with Newcastle attacks pretty well. Won the freekick that lead to the winner.
Jordan Henderson: 7
Had a tidy game in the middle of the pitch. His energy and drive kept Liverpool going when their backs were against the wall.
Georginio Wijnaldum: 6.5
Back in a more familiar position, Wijnaldum had a solid game but went quiet at times. Seemed to be a bit more involved in attack than normally.
Mohamed Salah: 7.5
Salah caused trouble down the right as he normally does. Took his goal really well to make it 2-1 but his injury left a sour taste after the victory.
Sadio Mané: 6.5
Wasn’t involved as much as he would have wanted but always looked dangerous when he picked up the ball. But was virtually non-existent when he went up front due to Salah’s injury.
Daniel Sturridge: 6.5
Looked very rusty, but can’t blame him with the amount of game time he gets. His great backheel set up Trent for the assist for the second goal and he played a few great passes throughout the game but poor finishing let him down.
Xherdan Shaqiri: 7
Came on for the tiring Wijnaldum in the 66th minute. Give Liverpool another creative edge and provided the delivery for Origi’s winner.
Divock Origi: 7.5
Came on in the 73rd minute for the unfortunate Salah and did well. Drove down the left with intention and of course got that all-important winner late on to keep Liverpool’s dreams alive.
James Milner: 6.5
Although he came on for Lovren in the 83rd, Milner still played 15 minutes. Did well to calm down the game after the winner.