Liverpool at Anfield = win. This is a fact, it’s been almost impossible to beat the Reds at their temple, as they don’t lose there since 2017. And this time, hosting Newcastle on Premier League’s Matchday 5, it was not different. Newcastle even surprised the Reds and opened the scoring through Willems, but Sadio Mane, twice, and Mo Salah scored as Liverpool turned things around to 3-1. Benched due to the International break, Firmino had to get into the pitch, as the Brazilian led the way for the Reds with two magic assists. Liverpool has a 100% run in the league so far, with five wins in five games.
The good atmosphere at Anfield was affected with an early Newcastle blow. On 8 minutes, a long ball found the Dutch Jetro Willems inside the area, as he displayed a good piece of footwork to trick Trent Alexander-Arnold and slot a powerful shot into the top corner. 0-1 Newcastle.
However, even despite the goal conceded, the Reds had up to 80% of possession, and such dominance was turned into goals. On 27 mins, Andy Robertson passed it to Mane, who created some space inside the area, and curled home into the top corner. What a finish from the Senegalese striker. 1-1.
Then, Divock Origi had to be subbed off due to an early injury, as Jurgen Klopp introduced Firmino. And what an impact the Brazilian had. On 39 minutes, he got the ball down the middle and picked Mane out in a low-pass. Newcastle’s keeper, Martin Dubravka rushed out of the line to clear it, but he ended up fumbling the ball somehow, leaving Mane alone to make it two.
However, the best version of Firmino was yet to come. After the break, Firmino assisted Mohamed Salah in a great style. The Brazilian striker found the Egyptian in a no-look-back-heel-pass as the Egyptian was free to slot in the corner. 3-1 Liverpool.
The victory further boosts the Reds for the Champions League debut. The reigning European champions begin their campaign to defend the title this Tuesday, ahead of Napoli, at the San Paolo Stadium, in Italy. Then, after that, the Reds are back in the Premier League, against Chelsea in London.