Three key talking points from Liverpool’s win over Newcastle

Liverpool vs Newcastle

Liverpool took on Newcastle United in the first Premier League game of the day on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side started the day top of the Premier League table with 12 points.

The Reds were the only side to have won their opening four PL games of the 2019/20 campaign.

As for Newcastle, they lost their opening two games of the season under Steve Bruce.

However, they then managed a win over Tottenham and a draw with Watford in their last two league outings.

Liverpool’s starting line-up vs Newcastle had a few changes with Divock Origi in for Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in for Jordan Henderson

As for Newcastle, they had to take on Liverpool without one of their new signings, Alan Saint-Maximin.

Despite Liverpool’s excellent start to the season and their superb home record, it would be Newcastle who took the lead on Saturday in the 7th minute via a thunderbolt of a striker from Jetro Willems.

Liverpool would eventually wake up with Sadio Mane brining the game level in the 27th minute.

Mane added his and Liverpool’s second in the 40th minute, putting Liverpool 2-1 up at half-time.

Mohamed Salah then made it 3-1 in the 72nd minute.

Here are three key talking points from the game.

Sadio Mane’s unbeaten run continues

Prior to facing Newcastle United, Sadio Mane had played 49 Premier League games at Anfield without losing with Liverpool.

In total, Mane had gone 50 Premier League games at Anfield without losing, one of them came as a Southampton player.

In those 50 games he has won 40 and drawn 10.

According to the Premier League, Mane’s 50 games unbeaten at a ground was the most of any player in PL history.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is currently 2nd on the list, prior to the Newcastle clash, he was 41 games unbeaten at Anfield.

Former Chelsea defender Alex was third on the list, going 41 games without losing at Stamford Bridge.

After Liverpool’s win vs Newcastle on Saturday, Mane is now 51 games unbeaten at Anfield with Salah now on 42 clashes unbeaten.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the equalizing goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on September 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Divock Origi injured

Divock Origi would start on the wing for Liverpool vs Newcastle.

The Belgian is not at the level of the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

However, Origi is still a key member of Liverpool’s squad and provided some crucial goals during the 2018/19 campaign.

Now, with Liverpool set to be competing in both the Champions League and League Cup, their fixture list is pretty busy over the next couple of weeks and will likely remain so for the rest of the season.

After today’s game, Liverpool take on Napoli on Tuesday. Jurgen Klopp’s side then face Chelsea next Sunday before a trip to MK Dons on September 25th.

As a result, Klopp will likely need to rotate his squad around to keep everyone fit, as he did today when he started Origi and Oxlade-Chamberlain over Firmino and Henderson.

However, Origi had to be withdrawn in the 37th minute vs Newcastle.

Should Origi be out for a while, it would be a huge blow for Klopp and Liverpool as it would force the likes of Salah and Mane to play a lot more minutes.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Divock Origi of Liverpool with Emile Krafth of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on September 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

VAR once again a talking point

VAR was introduced into the Premier League for the 2019/20 season.

Despite only being five game weeks into the campaign, VAR has been a talking point on several occasions already.

The new technology was once again a topic of debate during Liverpool vs Newcastle.

With the score still 1-0 to Newcastle, Joel Matip was pulled down inside the Newcastle box.

The on-field referee Andre Marriner did not give anything for it at the time.

But VAR also decided not to award a penalty from the decision. However, given Jamaal Lascelles pretty much, as shown above, had Matip in a headlock, it is hard to see why VAR didn’t bring it back for a spot-kick.

The Telegraph have previously explained VAR and  how it is used for penalties in the prem:

Penalties can be awarded or rescinded using VAR if there has been a ‘clear and obvious error’ in the original decision.

But what actually is a clear and obvious error? Lascelles does look to have brought down Matip unfairly and while Liverpool not getting that penalty didn’t end up having too much of a bearing on the game, what if the score had remained 1-0 to Newcastle? That could have been Liverpool’s chance to get something from the game.

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