Let’s check out the player ratings from the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Newcastle United over at Anfield.
Joe Willock’s late-gasp equalizer ensured a share of the spoils between Liverpool and Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.
Back-to-back home victories in the Premier League for the first time since December seemed set for Liverpool following Mohamed Salah’s early opener.
After Ciaran Clark failed to clear Sadio Mane’s cross inside the box, the ball found it’s way to Salah. The Egyptian then struck into the right corner of the net to put Jurgen Klopp’s men in front.
118 days 🤯
Mohamed Salah has scored Liverpool’s first goal at Anfield in the first half of a match since December 27. pic.twitter.com/t9DdaDeyT4
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 24, 2021
It was Salah’s 20th goal of the season and saw him become the first Liverpool player in Premier League era to reach the mark in three separate campaigns, having previously done so in 2017/18 (32 goals) and 2018/19 (22 goals).
It was a true testament to the sheer level of consistency displayed by the former Roma star since his arrival in 2017.
In the end, however, it wasn’t enough.
Despite enjoying the bulk of possession and having many chances to double their advantage, Liverpool were wasteful and paid the ultimate price.
Newcastle refused to give in and almost had an equalizer when substitute Callum Wilson found the back of the net. It was, however, ruled out for a handball and seemingly handed the game on a plate for Liverpool.
But Steve Bruce’s men kept the pressure on and Arsenal loanee Joe Willock scored for the third game in a row with literally the last kick of the match to win a deserved point.
3 – Joe Willock has now scored in three consecutive Premier League appearances as a substitute; the first player to do so in the competition since Adam Le Fondre in January 2013. Super. #LIVNEW
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 24, 2021
A golden opportunity wasted?
With West Ham and Chelsea playing each other later on Saturday, the Reds had a chance to gain ground in the top-four race.
But an inability to convert more of their chances, along with some very poor defending, ultimately cost them. Liverpool now sit a point outside the Champions League places in sixth place. And depending on the outcome of the London derby, they could find themselves four points adrift in the league standings by the end of the weekend.
Newcastle, meanwhile, moved a step closer to safety with an important point at Anfield. Despite going a goal down early, the Magpies held their nerve and grabbed a deserved equalizer in the end.
The visitors now hold a comfortable eight-point gap from the relegation zone in 15th-place and seem set to remain in the Premier League for a fifth consecutive season.
Liverpool: Alisson (7); Alexander-Arnold (7), Fabinho (6), Kabak (7), Robertson (8); Salah (7), Wijnaldum (7), Thiago (7), Mane (7); Firmino (7), Jota (6).
Bench: Milner (7), Jones (6).
Newcastle: Dubravka (8); Murphy (7), Fernandez (7), Clark (5), Dummett (6), Ritchie (6); Almiron (6), Longstaff (6), Shelvey (6); Saint-Maximin (6), Joelinton (6).
Bench: Wilson (5), Willock (6).
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