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Liverpool face Villarreal in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final clash on Tuesday on the road. Newcastle are next in action in the Premier League next Sunday away to Manchester City.
Liverpool move above Manchester City at the top of the Premier League courtesy of a 1-0 win over Newcastle United this afternoon at St James' Park. Naby Keita scored the only goal of the game in the first half with a well-crafted move on his own making. He combined with Diogo Jota before rounding Martin Dubravka to score the decisive effort. The Reds had chances to kill the game off, but Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah missed second-half opportunities. However, the visitors were untroubled at the back and held out comfortably for the three points.
90' + 5' Fabinho takes on the strike from distance from the resulting free-kick, but he launches his effort over the bar.
90' + 3' Jota does well to turn away from Joelinton in the Newcastle half and wins a free-kick for the visitors. Liverpool can take vital seconds off the clock here.
90' + 1' Murphy tries to send Almiron down the right flank, but the forward moves too soon and is caught offside.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
90' Diaz releases Salah over the top and he takes the ball in stride away from Targett, only to scuff his effort into the ground and into the hands of Dubravka.
87' SAVE! Saint-Maximin plays Guimaraes into space on the edge of the Liverpool box, but his effort is tame and Alisson gets down to make the stop.
J. Murphy
E. Krafth
85' Howe makes an attacking sub as Murphy enters the action to replace Krafth.
84' WIDE! Keita releases Diaz in space and he turns his way past Krafth in the inside-left channel, but cannot squeeze his strike past Dubravka at the near post.
82' With the title race hinging on a matter of points, the next eight minutes are crucial for the Reds and their hope of reclaiming the crown.
80' Gomez goes for goal with a speculative effort from the edge of the box, but he launches his effort over the bar.
79' SAVE! Jota turns in from the right flank to angle a strike towards the top-right corner on his left foot, but Dubravka produces a fine save to turn it over the bar. The Newcastle keeper keeps his side in the game.
Thiago Alcântara
J. Milner
78' Milner is withdrawn for the visitors and is replaced by Thiago in the middle of the park.
77' OFFSIDE! Saint-Maximin threads a pass through to Wood, who sees his effort on goal saved by the body of Alisson. However, the New Zealander is offside anyway.
75' Liverpool have had great opportunities to kill off the game, but have not been able to take the decisive lead in the contest. The Reds face a test of their mettle over the final 15 minutes.
73' CHANCE! Jota is played into acres of space down the right flank and he bursts into the Newcastle box. He goes for power on the half-volley, but Dubravka holds firm to beat away his attempt.
72' SAVE! Salah latches on to a deep cross from Diaz and lines up a strike after faking an offload to Keita. He curls his effort towards the net, but Dubravka makes a routine stop.
70' Diaz raids down the left flank and cuts back inside to shoot on his right foot. His effort deflects off the leg of Targett and safely into the Dubravka's hands ahead of the lurking Keita.
J. Henderson
69' Henderson is withdrawn and is booed off the field by the Newcastle fans due to his Sunderland history. Fabinho replaces the Liverpool skipper.
Mohamed Salah
S. Mané
69' Mane's last action of the game is to pick up a booking. Salah replaces the forward.
S. Mané
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68' Van Dijk attacks a corner from the right flank and heads towards goal. Mane sticks out a boot to try to steer it past Dubravka on the line, but he catches the keeper in the process. Mane is booked for his challenge.
C. Wood
J. Willock
67' Wood replaces Willock for the home side, which may see Joelinton drop into a deeper role.
64' Mane collects in the Newcastle box and tries to force another strike at goal that is blocked. Jota tries to scoop an overhead kick towards goal, but Dubravka plucks the loose ball out of the air.
63' MANE HAS TO SCORE! Gomez raids down the right flank and cuts the ball back for Mane in the box. The Senegalese only needs to hit the target, but he places his effort wide of the right post. That was a glorious chance.
J. Lascelles
F. Schär
61' Schar is forced off for the home side and is replaced in the backline by Lascelles.
60' Schar is struggling for the home side and will have to make way here.
59' CHANCE! Milner releases Jota behind the Newcastle defence with a ball over the top. Dubravka commits himself and does enough to push the ball away from the forward. Robertson gathers the loose ball and tries to chip the Newcastle keeper, but he sends his effort straight into his gloves.
58' Newcastle have come out with a much stronger intensity in the second half and are starting to push back the visitors.
56' Liverpool have won 30 out of their last 30 Premier League away games when leading at half-time.
54' Shelvey lines up the resulting free-kick, but he can only hammer his effort straight into the wall.
53' Willock goes down again in the final third as he tries to skip past Matip. The referee awards Newcastle a free-kick in a dangerous position.
J. Gomez
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51' Willock spins away from Gomez down the left flank and is brought down by the full-back. Gomez goes into the book.
50' Liverpool win a corner down the right flank that Milner whips into the box, but Van Dijk sees his header blocked at the near post.
48' The visitors are attempting to get on the front foot in the early stages of the second half to re-assert their dominance.
46' We're back under way at St James' Park.
Newcastle have been quiet in the final third and Bruno Guimaraes has not been able to influence the contest as well as he has been over the last few weeks. Eddie Howe will be looking for more from his team after the break.
Liverpool hold a 1-0 lead at the break over Newcastle United courtesy of a Naby Keita strike in their Premier League clash at St James' Park. The midfielder was composed under pressure with a neat finish after creating the opportunity with a sublime one-two with Diogo Jota. The Reds have dominated possession, but the Magpies will feel that they have a chance with only one goal between the two sides.
45' + 1' Almiron goes down under pressure from Jota on the edge of the Liverpool box, but the referee tells him to get to his feet.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
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43' Joelinton goes into the book for his part in the melee.
Diogo Jota
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43' Jota squares up to Joelinton after a challenge and is booked for shoving the Newcastle man.
42' WIDE! Milner latches on to a deflected corner from the visitors and powers a strike at goal, but he drills his effort wide of the left post.
42' SAVE! Jota almost doubles Liverpool's lead as he rises in the box to power Henderson's cross at goal, but Dubravka gets over to his right to palm his attempt over the bar.
39' DISALLOWED GOAL! Almiron slots the ball into the net after bundling his way past Alisson, but he was well offside after collecting Guimaraes' pass.
38' OVER! Henderson takes over free-kick duties in the absence of Alexander-Arnold, but launches his effort well over the bar, much to the delight of the home fans.
37' Mane turns on the edge of the Newcastle box and is brought down by Guimaraes. Liverpool win a free-kick in a dangerous position.
34' CHANCE! Diaz leads a break out from the back and surges to the edge of the Newcastle box before offloading to Mane in space. He fires at goal first-time, but his effort is saved with ease by Dubravka.
31' Liverpool are unbeaten away from home this season in the Premier League in the 11 matches in which they have scored the first goal, winning 10 of those games.
29' Keita continues to pull the strings in the middle of the park and almost finds space to release Mane, but Schar makes a vital interception.
29' Shelvey lifts the resulting free-kick into the box, but Van Dijk is well placed in the middle to head it clear of danger.
28' Milner brings down Guimaraes on the charge down the right flank, handing Newcastle a free-kick in a useful position.
26' Keita releases Diaz into space and he breaks past the challenge of Targett, despite getting a slight nudge. The forward remains on his feet and his eventual cutback is cleared by Shelvey.
23' Keita has scored three goals in the Premier League this season, his best return in a campaign in the competition. All seven of his career Premier League goals have come against different sides
21' Schar requires treatment after the fact and the Newcastle players are not happy with the challenge, but the goal stands.
N. Keïta
19' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! KEITA PRODUCES A COMPOSED FINISH!!!! 1-0 LIVERPOOL!!!!! Keita does extremely well in the final third to play a one-two with Jota before rounding Dubravka to fire home. Milner starts the move with a fine challenge on Schar to win the ball on the slide. Liverpool work the ball to the right flank where Keita goes for the give-and-go with Jota, who releases him with a sublime pass. There is still work to do for the midfielder, but he creates the angle to round Dubravka before firing past two players on the line with his left foot.
Diogo Jota
19' Jota plays a perfect pass to Keita to find him in stride in the box before the midfielder delivers a perfect finish.
17' Saint-Maximin chases a long ball over the top and Alisson commits himself to clear the danger. He is not able to boot it away first-time and has to fend off the winger before sweeping it into touch.
16' Krafth makes a vital interception at the back post to clear Gomez's low cross away from Mane, who would have had a tap-in from close range. It was moot anyway as the offside flag was raised against Mane, but the right-back did not know that.
14' Liverpool are dominating possession in the early stages of the game, with the Magpies seemingly comfortable to sit in their shape and look for opportunities on the counter.
12' Gomez collects down the right flank and has options in the middle, but he lifts his cross over the bar. Not quite the quality you get from Alexander-Arnold in that position.
10' OVER! Milner lifts a corner into the box for the visitors from the right flank that Van Dijk attacks with a right boot on the volley. He has to stretch, but he can only lift his effort over the bar.
7' CLOSE! Keita comes inches away from putting Liverpool ahead as his blast from the inside-right channel creeps just wide of the left post following good work from Jota.
5' Schar brings down Jota on the charge and Liverpool win a free-kick in a useful position. However, the delivery from Milner is cleared by the Newcastle defence as far as Jota, who fires over the bar.
4' Saint-Maximin has a run at the Liverpool defence, but Gomez comes in with a strong challenge to fend off the winger before he can threaten.
2' Mane slips to allow Krafth to break forward from the back, but his cutback to Shelvey results in a timely interception from Van Dijk.
1' We're under way at St James' Park.
Newcastle are winless in 10 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D4 L6), since a 2-0 victory in December 2015.
Jurgen Klopp has made five changes to his side from their win over Villarreal after the short turnaround. Salah is rested and replaced by Jota in the final third, while Milner and Keita replace Fabinho and Thiago in the middle of the park. Matip returns to partner Van Dijk, while Alexander-Arnold is also given a rest as Gomez comes into the fold.
Newcastle have made three changes to their side that beat Norwich on the road in their last outing. Schar returns to the backline to replace Lascelles, who drops to the bench. Almiron starts in the final third ahead of Murphy, while Shelvey is back for the hosts to replace Longstaff.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Fabinho, Ibrahima Konate, Thiago, Mohamed Salah, Curtis Jones, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harvey Elliott.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita; Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz.
NEWCASTLE SUBS: Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles, Matti Ritchie, Javier Manquillo, Chris Wood, Jacob Murphy, Karl Darlow, Dwight Gayle, Sean Longstaff.
NEWCASTLE (4-3-3): Martin Dubravka; Emil Krafth, Fabian Schar, Dan Burn, Matt Targett; Joe Willock, Jonjo Shelvey, Bruno Guimaraes; Miguel Almiron, Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin.
Liverpool have to keep winning to put the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the table. A win for the Reds this afternoon would allow them to temporarily leapfrog City into first place ahead of their clash against Leeds later today. Liverpool have been in outstanding form, and are unbeaten in their last 14 matches. They have only failed to win two of those games, which were on the road against Chelsea and Manchester City. The Magpies will present a tough test this afternoon, especially after the short turnaround since Liverpool's win over Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Newcastle are in prime form ahead of the contest, having won their last four matches on the bounce. The Magpies have been even better on home soil, winning their last six matches, including a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in their last game at St James' Park. Eddie Howe will be determined to end the season on a high to take his team into the next campaign with momentum, having already achieved their goal of survival. A win over the Reds would be a statement of intent for the future.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James' Park.