Liverpool extended their lead at the summit of the Premier League table and their unbeaten run this term with a nervy 2-1 win over bogey team, Newcastle United.
With Manchester City playing a 2-2 draw, a win for Liverpool meant they’d top their closest contenders for the league title with as much as 11 points.
Chelsea also missed the chance to go level with Pep Guardiola-led side after slipping to a 1-0 defeat to West Ham at the Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool weren’t at their best but managed to squeeze some juice out their players to ensure a win over the Magpies. The Reds have now formed a habit of churning out incredible results even when they do not play their best and this was no different.
Two goals from Virgil Van Dijk with both goals assisted by right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold put Liverpool ahead at the Anfield Stadium.
All the headlines appeared to have happened at the defence as Alisson was sent off for handling the ball outside the area.
Thay red card flashed in the direction of Alisson Becker and a clumsy freekick scored by Lewis Dunk were the major highlights of the encounter in a tense encounter.
Before that card, Liverpool were cruising and in full control of the game. However, the sending off of the Brazilian had them drop like a pack of cards.
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Eventually, it’s the three points that matters. Klopp had a bunch of things to say about the encounter.
The former Dortmund boss said:
“We scored two nice goals from set plays but the biggest chances we had were from open play. We could have and should have finished it off in that period, and we didn’t.
“In the second half it was hard work again and the boys put in another incredible shift.
“Of course life became more complicated with the red card and the change we had to make.
“We brought on a frozen goalkeeper. Everyone sitting here was not warm. Imagine going on there with shorts, a really thin shirt and gloves that are not made for keeping you warm.
“Then some people make the free-kick happen like that. We looked a bit silly in that moment but you have to accept it.
“We carried on fighting and Adrian helped us with two really good saves and crosses he caught, but with his cold feet he couldn’t kick the ball as far as he wanted.
“It kept it interesting but in the end the most important thing is we won the game. I am very pleased about that, happy about the effort of the boys and proud of the desire they showed. The red card made it a really special win.”