NEWCASTLE (REUTERS) – A primary-half strike from midfielder Naby Keita helped Liverpool safe a hard-earned 1-0 win at Newcastle United on Saturday (April 30) as Jurgen Klopp’s aspect saved their Premier League title hopes alive and provisionally went prime of the desk.
The victory put Liverpool two factors forward of champions Manchester City, who can regain first spot with a win at Leeds United later on Saturday. Newcastle are ninth on 43 factors.
Klopp mentioned: “Coming with with 5 modifications and constructing a brand new setup is huge. It was actually tough – our efficiency was excellent, we managed the sport.
“We had some moments that have been tough however the remaining we have been in management.
“The influence we’ve from the bench in video games is excellent however now it’s coming from the bench at the beginning of video games.
“You can not defend them in all probability because it’s at all times lengthy balls. It’s tough to get a sense for sport. I feel we tailored effectively.
“Winning here is special.”
After an early half-chance for Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool hit the entrance within the nineteenth minute by Keita when he cleverly dribbled previous Martin Dubravka to fit residence following a wise link-up with Diogo Jota.
Liverpool, with probably one eye on the second leg of their Champions League semi-final towards Villarreal on Tuesday, began with out Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold however their absence was seldom felt because the guests have been barely troubled within the opening exchanges.
With Liverpool dominating possession, Newcastle’s greatest second of the half arrived when Miguel Almiron had the ball within the web after being performed by by Bruno Guimaraes, just for the Paraguayan to be flagged offside.
Liverpool had a flurry of probabilities after the break however didn’t beat Dubravka, who twice denied Jota in addition to substitute Salah earlier than Luis Diaz hit the side-netting within the 84th minute.
Newcastle supervisor Eddie Howe mentioned: “I don’t suppose we fairly received going after a shiny begin to the sport. I’m barely upset about our general efficiency.
“I assumed the second half was higher with out getting an actual likelihood.
“Slightly disappointing compared to our previous levels.”