Talking points: Klopp's Reds break club record in win at Newcastle

AnalysisTalking points: Klopp's Reds break club record in win at Newcastle

Published 30th April 2022

Liverpool beat Newcastle United 1-0 away from home in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Naby Keita’s well-taken finish in the 19th minute was enough to give the Reds a crucial set of three points in the title race. 

Here are five talking points from the St. James' Park contest...

Newcastle 0-1 Liverpool: Extended highlights

History made

These Liverpool players continue to scale heights not seen previously at the club. 

This win in the north east was the side's 44th in the 2021-22 campaign – a new club record in a single season. 

It continued their stunning form in the Premier League. The Reds have collected 40 points from the last 42 available, only drawing at Manchester City in this 14-game sequence. 

You can expect another club record to be smashed in the coming days or weeks. 

Jürgen Klopp's men are just two away from matching Liverpool's highest tally of goals scored in a season – the 138 netted in 1985-86.

Early starters 

The Reds kicked off the Premier League weekend by putting the pressure on leaders Man City. 

This was their fifth 12.30pm kick-off of the season as they maintained their unbeaten run in that slot. 

Burnley, Watford (twice), Brighton & Hove Albion and now Newcastle have been beaten by an aggregate score of 12-0.

Naby the winner

There was still plenty of the game left to play after Keita's opener, but recent history would suggest the result was never in doubt. 

The No.8 racked up his fourth of the season – all of which have come in separate games that Liverpool have gone on to win. 

Keita's first in the campaign came at Anfield in the 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace, and he then bagged on the road at Atletico Madrid and Manchester United.

His calm run and finish at Newcastle was the highlight of another terrific display from the Guinean in the centre of the pitch.

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Squad strength

The intensity of the season's run-in was Klopp's reasoning for making five changes at St. James' Park.

Three players who came into the line-up played central roles in the match-winning goal. 

James Milner won the ball first in a crunching tackle with Fabian Schar, Keita then played a neat one-two with Diogo Jota before he danced into the box and kept his cool in front of goal. 

The other two alterations, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, were crucial in the win, too. 

They helped clinch Liverpool's 21st clean sheet in the Premier League season, while Gomez carried a threat going forward operating from right-back.

More 'finals' to come

From one huge 90 minutes of action to another, this season has the potential to be one for the ages. Another big week lies ahead. 

Liverpool will quickly dust themselves down before jetting off to Spain to continue their Champions League semi-final. 

They head to Villarreal on Tuesday evening with a 2-0 advantage, looking to confirm their spot in the Paris final. 

There will be no time to dwell, however, with Tottenham Hotspur arriving at Anfield for a Saturday night showdown.  

This is what we're all in it for.

Published 30th April 2022