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Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle: Reds six points clear at the top

Dejan Lovren scores for Liverpool against Newcastle United

Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to six points by beating Newcastle - because Manchester City, who started the day as their nearest challengers, lost at Leicester City.

Goals by Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah from the penalty spot, Xherdan Shaqiri and substitute Fabinho, ensured Jurgen Klopp's will start 2019 at the top of the table.

Newcastle wasted a great chance to take the lead at 0-0 when Joselu failed to connect properly with Matt Ritchie's excellent cross and were punished when Lovren dispatched a half-volley into the roof of the net.

Salah's penalty doubled the lead after referee Graham Scott judged that Paul Dummett had fouled the Egypt forward, before Shaqiri tucked home the third from an assist by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool completed the scoring through Fabinho's header and reach the halfway point of the season six points ahead of second-placed Tottenham, who were 5-0 winners against Bournemouth.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 13Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 6Lovren
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26RobertsonSubstituted forClyneat 82'minutes
  • 5WijnaldumSubstituted forFabinhoat 62'minutes
  • 14Henderson
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 9Roberto FirminoSubstituted forSturridgeat 69'minutes
  • 10Mané
  • 11Salah

Substitutes

  • 2Clyne
  • 3Fabinho
  • 8Keita
  • 15Sturridge
  • 20Lallana
  • 22Mignolet
  • 27Origi

Newcastle

  • 12Dubravka
  • 22Yedlin
  • 18Fernandez
  • 6Lascelles
  • 3Dummett
  • 11RitchieSubstituted forMurphyat 81'minutes
  • 14Hayden
  • 10Diamé
  • 15KenedySubstituted forLongstaffat 73'minutes
  • 13Muto
  • 21Joselu

Substitutes

  • 5Schär
  • 7Murphy
  • 9Rondón
  • 17Pérez
  • 19Manquillo
  • 36Longstaff
  • 41Woodman
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
53,318

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 4, Newcastle United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, Newcastle United 0.

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.

Attempt saved. Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross.

Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Dejan Lovren with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 4, Newcastle United 0. Fabinho (Liverpool) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mohamed Salah with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Nathaniel Clyne replaces Andrew Robertson.

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool).

Yoshinori Muto (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jacob Murphy replaces Matt Ritchie.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 3, Newcastle United 0. Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Attempt blocked. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

Attempt missed. Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool).

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Sean Longstaff replaces Kenedy.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Kenedy.

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yoshinori Muto (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Roberto Firmino.

Foul by Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).

Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

Attempt blocked. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Offside, Liverpool. Trent Alexander-Arnold tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Fabinho replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Joselu (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin with a cross.

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United).

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Sadio Mané.

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