Liverpool’s title hopes kept alive as Origi nets late winner against Newcastle

first_imgThe Reds are now two points clear of Manchester City, who play Leicester on Monday evening, and ensure that the race for the title will go to the final day of the season.Enthusiasm over the victory was tempered however by injury to Salah, who was hurt in a collision with Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the second half.The Reds’ top scorer was stretchered off to leave his participation in Tuesday night’s Champions League semi-final second-leg clash with Barcelona in doubt. The Slovakian prevented Sadio Mane from increasing his side’s advantage after he had played a neat one-two with Salah as the frenetic pace was maintained throughout a pulsating first-half.Rondon forced Alisson into a regulation save from distance as the half-time whistle approached, but it was the visitors who led as the teams headed for the dressing rooms. 4 A late Divock Origi goal gave Liverpool a crucial win over Newcastle in a five-goal thriller at St James’ Park.The Magpies levelled twice as Christian Atsu and Salomon Rondon cancelled out goals from Virgil Van Dijk and Mo Salah, but Origi came to the rescue with just four minutes remaining. 4 Mohamed Salah reacts as he is placed on a stretcher during Liverpool’s victory over Newcastle Atsu celebrates his equaliser Liverpool took the lead on 13 minutes when Jamaal Lascelles slipped to leave Van Dijk unmarked, and he headed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross firmly home.The Magpies hit back within seven minutes after former Liverpool full-back Javier Manquillo had crossed from the right and Matt Ritchie saw his initial shot blocked.Rondon smashed the loose ball towards goal, where Alexander-Arnold appeared to block it with his hand, but was spared a red card when Atsu followed up to level.Keeper Alisson needed the help of his crossbar to keep out Ayoze Perez’s dipping volley as Newcastle sensed an opportunity, but they were made to pay for a second lapse at the back inside the opening 28 minutes when Salah found himself in acres of space to steer Alexander-Arnold’s speculative cross past the helpless Dubravka.center_img Van Dijk gave the Reds the perfect start 4 Origi headed home in the closing stages of the game to give Liverpool a crucial victory at Newcastle 4 Salah skewed a snapshot wide and Daniel Sturridge blazed wastefully over either side of Alisson’s stop from Rondon inside the opening five minutes of the second half, but the Venezuela international was not to be denied.Former Magpie Georginio Wijnaldum cleared Ki Sung-yueng’s corner to the edge of the box, but when the ball was fed back in, Rondon pounced to smash home his 11th goal of the season.Jurgen Klopp’s men set about the task of restoring their lead in determined fashion, but with Newcastle prospering on the break, the game was in the melting pot.Salah departed prematurely after colliding with Dubravka as the pair converged on Dejan Lovren’s long ball, but his side’s fortunes improved with four minutes remaining when his replacement Origi glanced fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross past Dubravka to win it. getty images – getty last_img read more

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