With one eye on the match against Villarreal next Tuesday, Liverpool obtained the necessary victory in Newcastle, thanks to a goal by Naby Keita, to reach the top of the Premier League, two points ahead of Manchester City, which must now not fail in Leeds, in the 35th round of the English championship.
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Pending another appearance in the Champions League final at La Cerámica, Jürgen Klopp reserved his core group (Alexander-Arnold, Thiago, and Salah) and the move did not go wrong at a difficult St James Park, and against a team that had won its last four matches.
Despite the doubts that Klopp's gamble, who was renewed until 2026 this week, might have raised, Liverpool only really struggled in the opening quarter of an hour, when Newcastle pressed high and, encouraged by their fans, seemed to find a way past the Reds.
Naby Keita came through for the win
However, Naby Keita's goal, assisted by Diogo Jota, put paid to that illusion, and, although the home side had a goal by Paraguay's Miguel Almiron disallowed for offside, Klopp's side were not unduly stretched and went into the break with overwhelming possession.
In the second half, although Newcastle tried to control the game more, the best chances were again for Liverpool, who could have increased the score, especially with a clear opportunity missed by Sadio Mané. Klopp brought on Salah and Thiago in the final stretch and safeguarded a win to put all the pressure on Guardiola's City.