Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: Trent Alexander-Arnold hits stunner as Reds keep pace in title race

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  • Jonjo Shelvey
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  • Diogo José Teixeira da Silva
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  • Callum Wilson
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Trent Alexander-Arnold’s sensational late strike sealed Liverpool’s comeback from a goal down as the Reds closed the gap to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win at Anfield.

The in-form duo of Mo Salah and Diogo Jota scored within four first-half minutes of one another after Jonjo Shelvey had opened the scoring against his former club with a superb effort from range.

The hosts were the better team throughout but did not make the game safe until Alexander-Arnold’s rocket three minutes from time as Jurgen Klopp’s side moved back within a point of defending champions City.

Liverpool were hit before kick-off with the news that three players - Virgil van Dijk, Curtis Jones and Fabinho - had tested positive for Covid-19, though they were at least boosted by Roberto Firmino’s return to the bench after injury.

Newcastle, meanwhile, made three changes to the side that had been hammered 4-0 by Leicester at the weekend, with star forward Callum Wilson surprisingly dropping to the bench.

The visitors took the lead on seven minutes as Thiago Alcantara’s poor clearance was pounced upon by Shelvey, who whipped a terrific effort into the far corner to leave Alisson no chance in the home goal.

Liverpool showed their intent immediately as Sadio Mane hit the post, though the effort would have been ruled out for offside anyway.

The equaliser arrived on 21 minutes with a degree of controversy as referee Mike Dean allowed play to continue with Isaac Hayden lying stricken in the Newcastle box and while Jota was initially denied by a superb reflex stop from Martin Dubravka, the Portuguese was on hand to fire the rebound into the roof of the net.

Shelvey then turned villain with a dreadful backpass which was intercepted by Mane, the ball eventually breaking to Salah, who lashed home.

The Egyptian missed the best chance to extend the lead before the break when he scuffed wide on his right foot after an excellent pass from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Wilson eventually entered the fray in place of the injured Allain Saint-Maximin, but it was to be Alexander-Arnold who had the final say with his superb strike.

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