Naby Keita’s goal was enough for Liverpool to see off Newcastle. Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images
Liverpool claimed a tense 1-0 win over Newcastle United at an electric St James’ Park on Saturday.
Liverpool’s Naby Keita’s first-half strike was the difference as Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka put in an excellent display to keep the home side in the game.
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Despite dominating much of the game, Jurgen Klopp’s side failed to make the most of several chances, while Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes came dangerously close to equalising with five minutes left on the clock.
The result sees Liverpool top the Premier League table, moving above Manchester City, who visit Leeds United later on Saturday.
Newcastle got off to a bright start, immediately finding their way into the Liverpool box and pressuring the visitors’ defense.
But Liverpool responded well, and began to grow into the game with chances falling to Diogo Jota, Keita and Virgil van Dijk before Keita opened the scoring. The midfielder finished off a slick move on 19 minutes, which started with a James Milner challenge on Fabian Schar that Newcastle thought was a foul.
The ball was slipped to Keita on the right, who played a fine one-two with Jota before rounding Dubravka and firing a shot into the open goal.
With five minutes until half time, Newcastle found the back of the net when Miguel Almiron squeezed a shot past Alisson from a wide angle, but the flag was up for offside.
Liverpool continued to search for a second, Jota coming close once again when he powered a Jordan Henderson cross at goal, but Dubravka touched the attempt over the bar in one of several impressive saves.
This pattern continued after the break, with the visitors failing to capitalise on their chances in front of the Newcastle goal. Sadio Mane squandered another promising Liverpool attack in the 60th minute, pushing his effort wide of the goal after a terrific run from Joe Gomez down the right wing.
Despite Liverpool’s dominance, Newcastle looked spritely when they had the ball, and came close to finding an equaliser in the 87th minute when Guimaraes found space on the edge of the box and fired a low shot, but Alisson covered it well and Liverpool held on to secure the three points.