Liverpool v Newcastle United: Live matchday blog
Liverpool maintain their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season with a fifth straight win by beating Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield. Sadio Mane struck twice after Jetro Willems had opened the scoring for the visitors, before Mohamed Salah sealed the result in the second period.
Divock Origi fitness update
Jürgen Klopp is hopeful Divock Origi's ankle injury isn't serious, but the striker will undergo a scan to determine the extent of the issue.
Click here to read what the manager had to say following today's 3-1 win.
14 not out 🏏 & another 3 points ✅//14 victorias consecutivas y seguimos con otros 3 puntos más 💪🏻🔴 . . . #LFC… https://t.co/tlRHZ1LCXy— AdriSanMiguel (Adrián San Miguel) 14th Sep 14:43
Another win and 3 points more. Let's keep doing it! 🔴 #YNWA https://t.co/X1wipqUyvl— _fabinhotavares (Fabinho) 14th Sep 14:46
Klopp press conference
The manager has arrived for his post-match press conference and says: "Second half, we only scored one goal but we played really good football."
Great win @LFC all in 3 points focus on the next game ! https://t.co/fVudPIWqKr— 1JohnAchterberg (John Achterberg) 14th Sep 13:44
Sadio Mane becomes the first player in @premierleague history to play 50 home games for one club without defeat 🔥… https://t.co/p2fx0LLbBr— LFC (Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions 🏆)) 14th Sep 14:05
Andy Robertson to BBC Sport: "We didn't start the game the way we wanted to and to be fair to Newcastle they started brightly and scored a hell of a goal. That gave us the wake up call we needed and afterwards I think we kicked into gear and were too good for them.
"We need to be quicker getting back into our rhythm [after international breaks] or against teams in the top six we might struggle to get back into the game if we give away a goal."
And here's how the top of the table is looking...
Here is how Opta saw today's game...
Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United
Liverpool record a fifth straight win of the Premier League season - and a 14th in the top-flight overall - as Newcastle United are dispatched at Anfield.
The Reds recovered from the early setback of Jetro Willems' seventh-minute opener to go in ahead at the break thanks to two Sadio Mane strikes.
Mohamed Salah made certain of the points with a well-taken third in the second period.
Three minutes of added time to be played at the end of the game...
Shaqiri to Firmino to Mane and the ball is in the back of the net...
...but it's ruled out for offside.
Somehow it's not a fourth goal for Liverpool as Dubravka keeps out a combination of Salah and Alexander-Arnold at point-blank range following another Firmino flick.
Shaqiri is on for Wijnaldum for the final moments here at Anfield.
Schar is replaced by Fernandez for the visitors.
A standing ovation for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as he's replaced by James Milner.
GOAL! MOHAMED SALAH!
The Egyptian King gets his name on the scoresheet - and he is set-up by an outrageous flick from Firmino.
Salah does the rest, breezing into the area and finishing low across Dubravka with his left foot.
Newcaslte make a double change: Manquillo and Muto on, Almiron and Krafth off.
Another chance, another Dubravka save.
This time the Newcastle 'keeper thwarts Firmino at the feet of the striker after Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot had deflected into his path.
Andy Robertson doesn't know how he hasn't scored. An outrageous chipped pass from Firmino puts him into space, but Dubravka somehow keeps out his prodded effort at the near post.
sSalah's effort from Firmino's pass is blocked in front of goal by Lascelles.
Firmino glances a header goalwards from 12 yards out following an Alexander-Arnold delivery; however, it's claimed at the second attempt by Dubravka.
Now Liverpool open up Newcastle - and Dubravka saves at his near post from Alexander-Arnold after Firmino's pass had played him into space inside the box.
Krafth arrives completely unmarked in the box to reach a deep cross from Atsu.
Thankfully, under pressure from Van Dijk, he skews a half-volley well over the bar from 10 yards out.
It was a good opportunity for Newcastle, however.
Lovely improvised effort sees Wijnaldum hoist a full volley onto the roof of the netting. He wasn't too far away at all from finding the top corner.
Vital block from Robertson inside the area to deny Krafth a clean strike on goal after Newcastle worked an early second-half opening.
Off we go again...
Newcastle restart the game at Anfield.
The story of the first half, as told by Opta stats...
Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle United
Sadio Mane's brace cancels out Jetro Willem's early opener and gives the Reds the advantage at the half-way stage at Anfield.
Three minutes of added time to be played at the end of the first half.
GOAL! SADIO MANE!
Liverpool are in front - and it's Sadio Mane on target with his second of the afternoon.
The No.10 tries to reach Firmino's throughball, but Dubravka gets there first. However, the goalkeeper pushes it against the shins of Mane and it loops towards goal, allowing the Reds forward a simple tap in.
Confirmation of the change: Firmino is on for the injured Origi.
Roberto Firmino is being readied to come on. Doesn't look like Origi can continue.
Origi is down again and requires treatment.
GOAL! SADIO MANE!
Liverpool are level and it comes via another sublime Sadio Mane strike.
Robertson does brilliantly to touch the ball off to the No.10 inside the area, who sends an unerring finish into the top corner.
1-1 at Anfield now.
Matip looks like he's hauled down in the air by Lascelles as he tries to meet Salah's corner, but referee Andre Marriner isn't interested in the appeals.
Origi glances wide of the far post from a Mane centre as Liverpool look to start building some pressure on the visiting goal.
Mane heads over after Oxlade-Chamberlain hoisted back into the area from a cleared corner.
Oxlade-Chamberlain registers Liverpool's first shot on goal as he drives deep from a central position before arrowing just wide of the post.
Goal for Newcastle - Jetro Willems
Newcastle stun Anfield as they take an early lead.
They work the ball wide to Willems in space on the right as they counter. He shifts it onto his right and cracks an unstoppable effort beyond Adrian from just inside the box.
1-0 to the visitors.
Early concern for Liverpool as Origi goes down on the toucline after falling awkwardly.
He's back up and looks OK to continue
We're up and running...
We're under way at Anfield as Sadio Mane kicks us off.
Come on you Reds.
Here come the teams...
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The Reds are in the building...
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Klopp explains two changes
The boss spoke to BT Sport about the thinking behind his starting XI...
"Of course, we have to think about these things. Hendo is ready, Bobby is probably ready, but it's not about being ready - it's a bigger picture and we have to think about that.
"We could have made more changes but we need the rhythm as well and it makes not too much sense. A lot of games are coming up.
"We did it with all, we respect Newcastle too much for rotating for rotating. We really want to have the best starting line-up we can have for the specific opponent and that's what we thought is the right one.
"We could train with that group since Wednesday or so and that helps; OK, Fabinho came in a bit late but with all the others we could train since Wednesday. So that's good and that's what we try to use."
Here's how Opta predict the two sides will shape up this afternoon...
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes his first Premier League start at Anfield since the 3-0 win over Bournemouth in April 2018.
It's also the midfielder's 50th appearance for the Reds in all competitions.
👋 https://t.co/187JMqNLvL— LFC (Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions 🏆)) 14th Sep 10:37
Inside the Liverpool dressing room
TEAM NEWS Here's how Newcastle United will line up for today's @premierleague game against @LFC at Anfield. #NUFC https://t.co/j2zgUTMoVZ— NUFC (Newcastle United FC) 14th Sep 10:30
Liverpool's teamsheet shows two changes to the team deployed at Burnley last time out for this afternoon's encounter with Newcastle.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi are in, with Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino dropping to the bench.
Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Origi.
Subs: Kelleher, Milner, Firmino, Gomez, Henderson, Lallana, Shaqiri.
Adrian on duty
The Spanish 'keeper handles pre-match media duties at Anfield.
Jürgen Klopp and the Reds have just arrived at Anfield and we'll be bringing you confirmation of the manager's starting XI and substitutes at 11.30am BST.
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Great to be back #LFC https://t.co/5hHe5lGLNT— granthale01 (Gster) 14th Sep 09:21
Liverpool V Newcastle games were always crazy games in my time, entertaining as it was am hoping for 4-0 not 4-3 to… https://t.co/fhYq7HZz6m— Roy_Evo (ROY EVANS) 14th Sep 09:17
It’s a lovely morning at Anfield. #LFC https://t.co/Zd4g4bnvHR— GlennPrice94 (Glenn Price) 14th Sep 09:12
Did you know?
Sadio Mane could extend an interesting Premier League record if he features today and Liverpool avoid defeat.
The No.10 has not lost any of his previous 49 league appearances for the Reds at Anfield - and will aim to clock up the half-century against Newcastle.
It's good to be back...
Anfield. https://t.co/LcIi4h3j65— James_Carroll84 (James Carroll) 14th Sep 08:57
It's time for our unmissable Liverpoolfc.com matchday blog weather update.
Largely clear blue skies are above Anfield this morning and it's a reasonable 13 degrees already, with the temperature expected to rise to around 17 by kick-off.
Jacket weather, in our opinion.
Van Dijk speaks
Liverpool are back in action after the international break and Virgil van Dijk wants to build on the Reds' positive start to the campaign.
The No.4 tells today's matchday programme: "We know from last year that they [Newcastle] have lots of qualities and they will make it tough. But we are playing at Anfield and we want to show what we are all about.
"We know that in the games that we have played so far there have been good movements but also moments that can improve. We will prepare as well as possible and do everything to win the game."
Liverpool are looking to become the 4th team to win 14 consecutive top-flight matches, after Arsenal (14, Aug 02),… https://t.co/8QDEMEXnph— BassTunedToRed (Andrew Beasley) 14th Sep 08:36
- Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 23 league meetings between the sides at Anfield, winning 19 and drawing four
- The Reds have scored 98 goals against Newcastle in the Premier League - more than any other team
- Fabinho's only goal for the club so far came in this fixture last season
- Liverpool are unbeaten at home in the last 42 league matches - 32 wins and 10 draws
- They have averaged exactly three goals per game in the past 22 league fixtures at Anfield
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could make his 50th Reds appearance in all competitions
Last time at Anfield
It's three weeks since the Reds ran out at home, when Arsenal were beaten 3-1 through Joel Matip's header and Mohamed Salah's double.
Relive the best of that match again in Inside Anfield below...
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Klopp's Newcastle analysis
The Reds boss pointed to Newcastle's 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur last month as evidence for the tough challenge he expects at Anfield this afternoon.
"They had something like 20 per cent possession at Tottenham, but deserved the three points, to be honest. Because with this 20 per cent possession, they did a lot of really good stuff and it's difficult," said Klopp on Friday.
"The game will be a real challenge and we need pretty much everybody on their toes. I don't know when we had the last home game, the last away game was Burnley, so three weeks probably when we last played at home against Arsenal.
"We need that atmosphere again at 12.30. If we have that atmosphere then we can do something."
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Liverpool remain without Alisson Becker and Naby Keita for the clash with the Magpies, though Klopp reported no other new injury concerns at his pre-match press conference.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce will be unable to call upon Sean Longstaff (ankle), Matt Ritchie (ankle/foot), Dwight Gayle (calf), Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh) and former Reds striker Andy Carroll.
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The LFCTV GO cameras were at Melwood on Thursday to check in on Liverpool's preparations for the visit of Newcastle. Take a look in the compilation from training below.
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Important travel information
Supporters heading to the stadium should be aware that road closures are likely to cause major traffic congestion in the city today.
Click here for more information ahead of travelling to Anfield.
On the cover
Georginio Wijnaldum is on the front page of the official matchday programme today for the meeting with his former club.
Get your copy at Anfield later or subscribe online here.
Ready and raring to go 💪🏻#PLisback #YNWA https://t.co/UFVscFCJMW— JamesMilner (James Milner) 13th Sep 18:28
Speaking of the gaffer, he was named Premier League Manager of the Month for August yesterday and explained how the award was 'proof' of Liverpool's impressive start to the campaign.
Read more from Klopp on the accolade here.
The manager spoke to the media at Melwood on Friday to preview today's game - and you can catch up with everything he had to say in our YouTube video below...
Tale of the tape
Take a look at all the numbers behind Liverpool and Newcastle's Premier League seasons so far...
Toughness Enthusiasm Ambition Mentality During the international break, we've made a few updates around Anfield...… https://t.co/UzljF6wrSG— LFC (Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions 🏆)) 13th Sep 15:18
The last meeting
When these sides last met, in May this year, it was an absolute classic. Treat yourself to the highlights of Liverpool's 3-2 win at St. James' Park below...
On the schedule
The Reds and Newcastle are the first teams in action this weekend as the Premier League returns after the international break. See the rest of today's fixtures and the early-season situation at the top of the table below...
The story so far
Four games, four wins in the Premier League in 2019-20.
Here's a recap of Liverpool's exploits in August...
The Reds are back
The wait is over - Liverpool get back to work at Anfield this afternoon, aiming for a fifth consecutive Premier League win to start the season.
Newcastle United are the opponents for the Reds in the 12.30pm BST kick-off and you can follow all of the build-up, action and reaction right here.