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Liverpool 4-2 Newcastle: Jurgen Klopp's side move three points clear after thrilling encounter


Match report and free highlights as Liverpool make hard work of putting away Newcastle despite creating a record Premier League expected goals figure of 7.27

Jurgen Klopp's relentless side posted 34 shots in the match to a backdrop of 7.27 of expected goals - the most created by one side in a Premier League game since Opta started recording the data in 2010.


But it was never a straightforward evening as Newcastle were level at 1-1 with 16 minutes to play after Alexander Isak had cancelled out Mohamed Salah's opener.

Salah had already missed a first-half penalty by that point while Darwin Nunez wasted two big chances from his eight shots at goal as Liverpool inexplicably failed to edge in front.

However, Curtis Jones finally put the hosts clear before Cody Gakpo doubled the cushion moments later.

Somehow, despite the one-sided nature of the stats, Newcastle got within one goal when Sven Botman headed home but Salah scored from the penalty spot after Diogo Jota controversially went down under challenge from Martin Dubravka with the goal gaping.

It was a night where Salah delivered in his last involvement before the African Cup of Nations as Klopp's side extended their advantage at the top of the table. Liverpool start 2024 with a bang. They are the ones to catch.