Newcastle ace Karl Darlow could have earned himself a small glass of fizz for the celebrations at midnight tomorrow after denying Liverpool with a string of unimaginable saves.
The previous Nottingham Forest goalkeeper, who is probably changing into an important participant for Steve Bruce, denied the Reds time after time as they have been held 0-Zero for the second sport in a row.
Simply days after West Bromwich Albion held the Premier League champions at Anfield, it was the flip of Newcastle to rebuff Jurgen Klopp’s aspect on a freezing chilly night time at St James.
Regardless of the free-flowing attacking trident of Salah, Mane and Firmino all wanting again to their finest, the guests have been truly lucky to enter the interval with out being penetrated themselves.
Newcastle began brightly with Callum Wilson forcing two saves from keeper Alisson contained in the opening 12 minutes and giving nearly as good as they bought for a lot of the half.
Nonetheless, Liverpool had the possibility to reply 11 minutes earlier than the break when Mohamed Salah stabbed vast having seemingly finished the laborious work, and it took a superb response save from Darlow to disclaim Firmino in stoppage time and make sure the sides headed again to the dressing rooms with the scoreline nonetheless 0-0.
The second half turned far tougher for the hosts as they grew weary and the return of Thiago noticed them stretched to cowl the house in behind.
Mane headed into the side-netting from Alexander-Arnold’s 49th-minute nook and when Liverpool turned the screw with the Senegal star going by way of his full repertoire of tips, the Magpies rearguard got here beneath growing strain.
Nevertheless it was Salah who as soon as once more ought to have damaged the impasse with 66 minutes gone when he was performed in by Firmino however after steadying himself, directed his effort previous the upright.
Firmino was equally wasteful when introduced with an excellent probability on the far submit three minutes later as Newcastle rode their luck.
It very almost bought significantly better for the Magpies 11 minutes from time when Ciaran Clark met Matt Ritchie’s free-kick with a downward header which Alisson needed to flip away.
However Schar hacked the ball off his personal line forward of Mane seconds later and Darlow brilliantly clawed away one other Firmino header on the demise to protect his clear sheet.