Karl Darlow of Newcastle United was a worthy man of the match as his impressive performance allowed the Toon Army to keep a point from Liverpool in a goaless draw.
6′ Callum Wilson, Newcastle United, almost opened up the scoreline after Jacob Murphy crossed the ball into the path of the Magpie striker.
7′ In retaliation, Andrew Robertson crossed it into the Tyneside box to give Liverpool one of their first chances but nothing came to fruition.
In the final game of the 2020 calendar year, Liverpool looked to push themselves five points clear of their closest rivals, Manchester United, as we move into 2021 with a win at St. James’ Park.
An early corner for Newcastle provided a great opportunity to put their noses out in front, in the third minute.
Matt Richie took the corner and sent the ball into Liverpool’s box. It was met by the head of Newcastle’s Ciaran Clark who headed it wide.
Three minutes later, Murphy sent the ball in towards Wilson from the middle of Liverpool’s third. However, nothing came from the cross as Wilson was unable to slot the ball home.
In retaliation to Newcastle’s early chances, a minute later, the Reds ensured their presence was still known.
After a link-up from Jordan Henderson to Sadio Mane, the ball made it’s way to the edge of the box to find Roberston who crossed the ball in from the left-hand side.
Nothing came from this chance as Richie intercepted the cross and chested it out of danger.
Clark became the first booking in the game in the 11th minute as he tagged James Milner after the midfielder intercepted a pass.
In the 12th minute Wilson had another chance to open up the scoreline as he made his way across the box, which followed a small battle for possession.
Wilson attempted to send it home but Fabinho managed to get his foot to it and deflected it away from goal.
After play was swtiched from right to left, during a liverpool attack, the ball found itself at the feet of Milner who found Trent Alexander-Arnold on a run towards Newcastle’s box, in the 25th minute.
Alexander-Arnold collected the ball from a cross by the Englishman but it was smashed into the hands of Darlow.
As the game progressed closer to half time, Mohamed Salah nearly broke the deadlock as he attempted to place it past Darlow but the Newcastle goalkeeper got his fingertips on the ball to edge it wide.
Half-time: Newcastle 0 – Liverpool 0
Fabinho became the second booking of the game, in the 49th minute, as DeAndre Yedlin was blocked and sent flying by the Brazilian – the first booking for Liverpool.
This left Newcastle with a free kick roughly 40 yards out, but nothing came to fruition.
Milner became the second booking for Liverpool, in the 65th minute, after he clipped Joelinton’s feet at the halfway line.
Murphy was the first player to be subbed off as he was replaced by Miguel Almiron, in the 67th minute. Followed by Liverpool who swapped Curtis Jones for Georginio Wijnaldum a minute later.
Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino missed a chance that was given to him on a sliver platter in the 68th minute.
As a cross came flying in, Darlow rushed out from the goalline but the ball was too high and met the head of Firmino – who had a clear shot to an vulnerable Newcastle goal.
However, the Brazilian sent the ball just wide of the net.
On the 78th minute, Nathaniel Phillips became the third booking for Liverpool after he body checked Joelinton into the sideboard beside the dugout.
Fabian Schar made a superb goal-line clearance as Darlow reflected the ball back out into the crowded box. The ball was met by the knee of Mane who deflected it back towards the Magpie’s goal.
However, the Tyneside defender was able to get to the ball and clear it away from danger.
On the 85th minute, Issac Hayden became the second booking for Newcastle – final of the game.
Darlow was forced into action in the 88th minute of the game after Salah collected a low rebound from the Newcastle United ‘keeper. He was then forced to rush off his line to punch away the danger.
Full-time: Newcastle 0 – Liverpool 0
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