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DeAndre Yedlin was Steve Bruce’s true star, as Newcastle United produced a defensive masterclass to secure a point at home against Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Bruce welcomed champions Jurgen Klopp to St. James’ Park and watched his players demonstrate resilience in the face of danger to record the league’s first goalless draw between the Magpies and the Reds. since February 1974, Makes 69 meetings.
The result also saw Liverpool fail to score in a Premier League match for the first time in 21 games, having been denied at all times by a sublime display of Karl Darlow to warn Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
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Liverpool had a number of opportunities during their time at Tyneside to finish the year on top and advance five points to the top of the table, but was forced to accept a standoff with Fabian Schar saving Darlow’s clean sheet. 10 minutes from the end as he cleared off the line after a serendipitous rebound from Sadio Mane.
Yedlin often had Mane, plus Reds side Andrew Robertson, in his back pocket as he continued to hold right-back honors in Bruce’s plans, after taking on the role at home to Fulham.
The 27-year-old who is still linked with a turn away from St. James’ with his £ 30,000 per week contract expiring next summer, Newcastle’s has started last three league games and showed against Liverpool why the position has become his.
Yedlin continually brought in exuberant overlapping runs in association with Jacob Murphy on United’s right channel, while contributing a series of vital tackles and coming only close to his Toon’s fourth goal when his effort in the 17th minute went wide.
Salah was a victim of 62 people United States international, whom Rafa Benítez once declared “I love this player” for, at the end of the first half, when Yedlin timed his challenge to perfection to snatch the ball as the Egyptian sought to release the trigger.
Yedlin watched the midweek meeting with two successful tackles to his name in total, while recording two interceptions and six punts, for SofaScore.
Additionally, he won five of his six rushing matches, never fouled, succeeded with his only dribble attempt and provided a key ball of 11 precise passes, despite failing to connect with a Magpies teammate with his only cross. of the night.
Javier Manquillo may have returned to the squad of the day at Manchester City on Boxing Day, while Emil Krafth once again took a seat on the bench at home to Liverpool, but both will have a difficult time displacing Yedlin from the starting lineup if he maintains his current form.
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