Newcastle United v Liverpool Match Report, 12/30/2020, Premier League

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Newcastle United 0-0 Liverpool: Reds lose points but end 2020 three points clear

Liverpool were frustrated when they lost Premier League points at Newcastle United on Wednesday.

Liverpool will finish 2020 three points clear at the top of the Premier League, but were frustrated after a goalless draw with Newcastle United on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side monopolized possession and seized the best opportunities at St James’ Park, but against an energetic Newcastle side a winner eluded them.

Liverpool’s three forwards, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, all had chances, only to find Karl Darlow in inspired form in Newcastle’s goal.

It was the first 0-0 between the two teams since 1974 and left Liverpool three points ahead of second-placed Manchester United, who had played one more match.

Newcastle started brilliantly when Callum Wilson looked at an early header and then passed Nathaniel Phillips, but saw his goal shot from a tight angle blocked by Fabinho.

The Reds slowly found their rhythm and Salah beat Newcastle’s offside trap, but Darlow stepped off his line to reduce the angle and push the ball superbly.

The fit Darlow produced another brilliant jump save to avoid Firmino’s header at the halftime break.

Mané’s header from the near post cut through the side net moments after the break, while Salah fired wide from a good position after Firmino released him shortly after the hour.

Klopp brought in midfielder Thiago Alcantara in the 73rd minute, but Liverpool needed goalkeeper Alisson to make a good save to clear Ciaran Clark’s header on Matt Ritchie’s free kick.

The Reds seemed more likely to find a winner at the end and Fabian Schar hooked the ball off the line with Mane lurking with 10 minutes to go.

However, Steve Bruce’s team rolled up their sleeves and Darlow made another late save from Firmino to end a five-game losing streak against Liverpool.

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