Sadio Mane continued his hot streak with his fifth and sixth goals of the season to help Liverpool to a 3-1 victory over Newcastle.
Jurgen Klopp's men had fallen behind in the seventh minute when Jetro Willems cut inside and rifled home to shock the Anfield crowd. But Mane hit back with a sumptious finish of his own before a lucky bobble off Martin Dubravka fell kindly into his path for the second.
Mohamed Salah then got in on the act in the second half thanks to some lovely work by substitute Robert Firmino and Liverpool emerged with a well-deserved three points.
Man of the match
Rested after his midweek exertions on international duty, Firmino was summoned from the bench in the 37th minute after Divock Origi's injury and promptly set about showing Klopp what he'd been missing.
The Brazilian produced some sumptious touches and terrorised Newcastle's midfield with his probing and runs. Salah's third was a case in point - set up by two lovely flicks from his strike partner Firmino.
"It's not often I don't give man of the match to the player who scored twice but it's been an absolute joy to watch Firmino for the 60 minutes he's been on the pitch.
"His overall link-up play is just exceptional as soon as he comes on he elevates Liverpool to a stronger position and he's shown that again today." - Steve McManaman
View from the dugout
Klopp was delighted with the way his side responded to shake off a slow start to win the match.
"We needed 20-25 minutes to really arrive in the game. They scored a wonderful goal but then after that we started and we changed our rhythm and immediately it was much better.
"I'm really happy [overall]... it's tough to find a rhythm after the international break"
Bruce praised Liverpool's brilliance but rued Emil Krafth's missed chance at 2-1 down.
"They are very, very good. They are always a threat and that's why they are the champions of Europe. The disappointing thing for me is how we made a mistake for the second goal.
"Second half they were very, very good and there was wave after wave of attacks from them. But we still had a chance at 2-1 down that could have made it a different story."
View from the dressing room
Virgil van Dijk was impressed with how Liverpool recovered from going a goal down to beat Newcastle and lavished his team-mate Firmino with praise.
Jermaine Jenas believes there's no forward in world footbal that's as effective in occupying space as Firmino.
- Liverpool are the fourth team to win 14 consecutive English top-flight matches, after Arsenal (14, August 2002), Man City (15, August 2019) and Man City again (18, December 2017).
- Newcastle have lost 13 of their last 14 Premier League away games against “big six” opponents (W1), with three of those defeats coming at Anfield.
- Liverpool have won each of their last five Premier League games at Anfield when they’ve conceded the opening goal, with three of those comeback victories coming in 2019 (4-3 v Crystal Palace, 4-2 v Burnley and 3-1 v Newcastle).
- Liverpool’s Sadio Mané has never lost a Premier League home game in which he's found the net, winning 33 and drawing two of his previous 35 games in the competition when doing so.
- Andy Robertson has made 17 assists for Liverpool in the Premier League since the start of the 2017-18 season; the most of any defender in this period.
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Picture of the game
All Jonjo Shelvey, Fabian Schar, Emil Krafth, Martin Dubravka and Jamal Lascelles can do is stand and stare as Mane's shot flies into the top corner to draw Liverpool level.
It didn't matter in the end but the decision not to look at Lascelles' challenge on Joel Matip seemed a strange one. The Newcastle defender hauled Matip to the ground inside the penalty area but the incident was not referred to VAR with the away side 1-0 up.
Klopp was left livid by the decision and celebrated Liverpool's equaliser by pumping his fists in the general direction of the fourth official.
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