Liverpool opened up a seven point lead at the top of the Premier League with a dominant second half performance in a 4-0 win over a struggling Newcastle United side at Anfield on Boxing day.
The Merseyside team opened up the scoring through Dejan Lovren in the 11th minute, the Croatian defender taking advantage of Jamal Lascelles poor clearance to half volley the ball into the back of the net for his first of the season.
Despite the home side having the majority of procession they couldn’t find away past a stubborn Newcastle defence, failing to create many more chances. However, in the second half was a different story for the home fans has Jurgen Klopp’s men quickly upped the pace and found their clinical edge in front of goal.
It took just 2 minutes of the second half for last years Golden Boot winner Mohammed Salah to double his sides lead, the Egyptian forward was awarded a controversial penalty by referee Graham Scott. The ref found Paul Dummett’s tug on Salah’s shirt to be enough to award the spot kick, which the Liverpool forward was happy to convert making it 2-0.
From here it was all Liverpool, with Newcastle desperately scrabbling to hold back attack after attack, with both Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri ( pictured) both missing opportunities to but the game to bed. As the minutes ticked bye it was a matter of when not if Liverpool would score a third and they did with ten minutes remaining Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low cross was turned in by Shaqiri, before Fabinho scored his first for the club and put the result beyond doubt heading in Salah’s corner minutes later.
The result puts them in firm control of the premier league at the half point stage, whilst also becoming only the fourth team in history to make this stage of the season unbeaten matching Manchester City’s achievement last season, along with Arsenal in 2002-03 and Manchester United in 2010-11.