Liverpool reopened their three-point lead at the top of the Premier League, but they were limited by a 0-0 draw by a valiant Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Mohamed Salah missed two opportunities to turn the champions’ advantage at the start of the year into a more beautiful one, but the hosts were inspired by goalkeeper Karl Darlow and his enthusiastic Newcastle defenders.
Fabian Schar produced a clearance on the goal line to turn Sadio Mane away in the second half to ensure Liverpool enter 2021 after failing to beat four of the last seven in their first 16 games.
The result is enough to bring Newcastle to 14th place after the first stalemate between the two teams in 74 games, dating back to February 1974.
Full match report to follow …
Newcastle return to the Premier League on Sunday as they host Leicester live on Sky Sports; kick off at 2.15 p.m. Liverpool travel to face Southampton a day later on January 4, also live on Sky Sports; kick-off is at 8 p.m.