Mohamed Salah strikes again as Liverpool ease past Newcastle

Mohamed Salah strikes again as Liverpool ease past Newcastle

A rejuvenated Liverpool side demolished struggling Newcastle United 2-0 on Saturday, March 3 in a tough EPL match played at Anfield.

Mahrez's goal was his first since he ended his January transfer deadline standoff on February 10 after being denied a move to Manchester City.

Everton had taken a 20th-minute lead when Turkey striker Cenk Tosun headed his first goal in his fifth appearance since his January move from Besiktas.

Just two goals between Salah, Firmino and Mane is a relative quiet day by their own high standards, and the impact of the trio was initially softened by Newcastle's stubborn defensive showing.

He has now scored as many as the entire Toon team in the current campaign.

Jurgen Klopp may continue with the XI which beat West Ham 4-1 last time out, though Jordan Henderson may replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield, having impressed in the previous fixture.

Mohamed Salah has scored in each of his last six games for Liverpool in all competitions - the last player to do so in more was Daniel Sturridge in February 2014 (8).

Karius made a brilliant save high to his right to palm over a looping Mohamed Diame strike after Mikel Merino's backheel teed up a first-time drive. Roberto Firmino drives forward and slips the ball inside for Mane, who slots into the corner.

The intensity dropped from Klopp's men thereafter, their energy levels protected ahead of Tuesday, but there was never any sign of a Magpies fightback and Lascelles somehow avoided punishment when he brought down Salah on the edge of the box with the last action of the game. The way you do things is really important and after, you have to win. By picking up 14 points in their last 10 games, Rafa Benitez's side have climbed out of the relegation zone.

Liverpool and Newcastle meet Saturday at Anfield with both teams looking to pick up three points as they battle for positioning at both ends of the table.

"We had to go for it in the second half and were then more open".

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is awaiting the results of a scan on key man Jonjo Shelvey's knee and hoping his injury does not derail the club's fight against Premier League relegation.