Liverpool were frustrated by losing Premier League points to Newcastle United on Wednesday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side monopolized possession and carved out the best opportunities for themselves at St James’ Park, but against a lively Newcastle side a winner slipped away.
Liverpool’s top three Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all had chances, only to find Karl Darlow in inspired form in Newcastle’s goal.
It was the first 0-0 between the teams since 1974 and left Liverpool three points clear of second place. Manchester United have played a game more.
It ends at St James’ Park.
– Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 30, 2020
Newcastle started brilliantly as Callum Wilson glanced at the header at the start and then edged past Nathaniel Phillips but saw his shot on goal from a tight angle blocked by Fabinho.
The Reds slowly found their rhythm and Salah broke Newcastle’s offside trap, but Darlow was net of his line to narrow the angle and push the ball superbly away.
The fit Darlow produced another brilliant dive stoppage to keep Firmino’s header out of halftime.
Mane’s near-post header cut the side net moments after the interval, while Salah shot away from a good position after being released by Firmino shortly after the hour.
Klopp introduced in-form midfielder Thiago Alcantara in the 73rd minute, but Liverpool needed goalkeeper Alisson to make a good save to clear Ciaran Clark’s header from Matt Ritchie’s free kick.
The Reds seemed the most likely to fine a late winner and Fabian Schar snagged the ball from the line with Mane crouching 10 minutes from time.
However, Steve Bruce’s side rolled up their sleeves and Darlow made another late Firmino save to end a five-game losing streak against Liverpool.