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Player ratings, fan reaction & more: Much-changed Liverpool edge out Newcastle to go top of Premier League

Player ratings, fan reaction & more: Much-changed Liverpool edge out Newcastle to go top of Premier League

Result

Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off played out a short time ago. The clash saw Newcastle United play host to Liverpool.

Newcastle headed into the match looking to make it eight home league games unbeaten, whilst Liverpool were aware that nothing but a win would suffice in their hunt for Premier League glory.

And, when all was said and done on Tyneside, it was Liverpool who came away with a massive three points.

Newcastle started the tie brightly, but the visitors would take the lead 18 minutes in after a brilliant run and finish from Naby Keita:

The Reds were able to maintain their 1-0 lead throughout and, as a result, are now top of the Premier League for at least the next few hours.

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Newcastle player ratings

Martin Dubravka (6) – Made a number of good saves to keep Newcastle in the game.

Emil Krafth (3.5) – Poor touch in the build-up to Liverpool’s opener.

Fabian Schar (4) – Struggled to deal with the pace of Liverpool’s attackers and was also poor in the air. Off after an hour due to injury.

Dan Burn (6) – A decent display from Burn, winning a number of aerial and ground duels. Was Newcastle’s best defender on the day.

Matt Targett (4) – Should have been tighter to Keita before he made it 1-0. Unable to deal with the pace of Diaz and Salah.

Jonjo Shelvey (3.5) – Lost possession on a number of occasions and had a hard time linking midfield with attack.

Joe Willock (4.5) – Really struggled to have any impact on the game in the first 45. Was brighter in the second half but his efforts still didn’t lead to a goal. Off after 66 minutes.

Bruno Guimaraes (4.5) – Like his midfield counterparts, Bruno was unable to impose himself on the game for the most part, being kept quiet by Milner and Henderson.

Miguel Almiron (5) – Scored towards the end of the first half but was flagged for offside. Did not have another shot on target during the 90 minutes.

Joelinton (4) – Spent much of the game isolated up top seeing very little of the ball. Was dropped into midfield later in the game but still did not have much of an impact.

Allan Saint-Maximin (4) – Was kept very quiet by Joel Matip and co.

Substitutes

Chris Wood (3) – Missed a one-on-one opportunity before being flagged for offside.

Jamaal Lascelles (4) – Didn’t do much wrong when he came on.

Jacob Murphy (N/A)

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson (5) – Quiet but effective display from the Brazilian.

Joe Gomez (6.5) – Good defensive awareness to step up and leave Almiron offside in the build-up to him scoring. Was decent going forward as well and should have had an assist 62 minutes in only for Mane to miss a big chance.

Joel Matip (7) – Made a number of good tackles and blocks throughout the clash.

Virgil van Dijk (6) – A quiet but solid display from the Dutchman.

Andy Robertson (6.5) – Solid showing from the left-back, showing great drive and passion to help Liverpool see out the game. Was not at his best offensively.

Jordan Henderson (7) – Good distribution of the ball in his deeper role on Saturday, including finding Keita before his goal.

James Milner (7) – Excellent tackle to win the ball in the build-up to the opening goal. Also helped control play and create chances with his long-range passing. A stellar showing from the veteran midfielder.

Naby Keita (7.5) – Started the tie brightly, bursting forward to help out offensively. Excellent driving run, quick feet and clever link-up to score Liverpool’s goal.

Sadio Mane (4.5) – Not his best display, missing a number of big chances that could have killed the game off.

Luis Diaz (6.5) – Flourished out of position on the right-wing, causing Targett all sorts of issues with his pace and quick feet. Should have had an assist in the first half but Sadio Mane wasted a good chance.

Diogo Jota (6.5) – Good link up with Keita for the opener. Had a couple of decent chances throughout the game but did not get his goal thanks to some decent saves from Dubravka.

Substitutes

Mohamed Salah (5) – Caused Newcastle a lot of issues when he came on.

Fabinho (5) – Helped Liverpool to see out the game.

Thiago (N/A)

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The Premier League table as it stands

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 AFC Bournemouth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Arsenal FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Aston Villa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Brentford FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Chelsea FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Crystal Palace 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Everton FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Fulham FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Leeds United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Leicester City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Liverpool FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Manchester City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Manchester United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Newcastle United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Nottingham Forest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Southampton FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 West Ham United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Last updated: 1 min ago

This article was edited by Conor Laird.

What time is kick off between Newcastle United vs Liverpool FC?

11:30, Saturday 30 April 2022