London, April 30 (BNA) Liverpool kept their four-legged hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle on Saturday to keep pressure on rival Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Naby Keita’s elegant first-half goal at St James’ Park was enough to send Liverpool two points clear of City, who later play in Leeds, according to the Associated Press.
Even with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah resting from the starting line-up ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League semi-final match at Villarreal, Liverpool could have won more comfortably as Newcastle’s hopes of a fifth successive win dwindled. In front of the league almost constant pressure.
Newcastle were also bidding for their seventh successive home win and the match started in a rowdy atmosphere that could have been heightened if Jongo Shelvey had made better contact with a second-minute shot.
Keita was shoving across Martin Dubravka’s goal line as his first-time shot flew inches off the far post as eight minutes went by as Liverpool began to increasingly dominate.
I advanced after 19 minutes when Jordan Henderson and Diogo Jota combined to feed Keita, who climbed inside before sending the ball past the defenseless Dubravka.
Sadio Mane could have sealed the score with 27 minutes remaining but he directed his shot wide.