Sadio Mane contributed a brace, the same goal from Salah, to help the Liverpool team beat Newcastle 3-1 in the Premier League fifth round on September 14.
Sadio Mane 28 & 40, Salah 72 – Willems 7.
Newcastle drew and lost at Anfield in the Premier League, since the 2-0 win in April 1994. But four points were won from the last two rounds, including the 1-0 victory at the big Tottenham team in the third round, more or less confident when Steve Bruce’s teachers and students entered the match early in the fifth round.
That belief was reinforced with the opening goal in the seventh minute on a quick counterattack. Atsu plays the ball well in the middle of the pitch, then passes it to Jetro Willems. The Dutch left winger handled the technique, flipped the ball to his right foot, knocked out a red-shirt defender, then finished beautifully, defeating goalkeeper Adrian.
Liverpool reacted somewhat slowly after the goal. Klopp’s pupils often kept the ball above 75%, but they did not have enough sharp coordination to be dangerous. Newcastle kicked 5-4-1 and defended very solidly with the midfield playing deep.
It was not until the middle of the first half that Liverpool was “hot”, with the speedball on the wings of Alexander-Arnold – Robertson. And the one that gave them a 1-1 goal. Left-back Robertson rising, penetrating the area 16m50 and then passing. Sadio Mane, after a one-half-touch of the ball, slapped the ball beautifully with his right foot, driving the ball into the far corner.
Removing the psychological burden, Liverpool constantly caused waves towards the opponent. The pain of Origi, having to take a break to make room for Firmino – the striker was kept by Klopp for the Champions League midweek – from the 37th minute made the hosts more dangerous. Just three minutes after entering the field, the Brazilian striker immediately made a mark, with a dispute of stealing the ball from near the center of the field, and then poking Mane. The goalkeeper Dubravka rushed out, but could not break the ball and the Senegalese striker easily put the ball into the empty net.