Liverpool fans will not feel the joy of celebrating Christmas, after the defending champion fell to a draw for the second time in a row during the same week, this time in front of Newcastle United, without goals today, Wednesday, in the 16th round of the Premier League.
At St James’ Park, the trio, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Firmino, squandered the opportunities in front of the owners’ goal, leaving the meeting with a goalless draw.
Liverpool rose its points with this draw to 33 points in the lead, 3 points ahead of Manchester United, who is one game less, while Newcastle’s points rose to 19 points in 14th.
Newcastle threatened its oppenent in the 3rd minute, when Yedlin wanted to lift a ball from the right, but almost deceived Brazilian goalkeeper Alison Becker, who pushed it away with his fingertips to a corner.
Two minutes later, the referee awarded a free kick in favor of Newcastle, which Murphy implemented it to reach Wilson, whose header went past the left post.
Newcastle almost opened the scoring in the 13th minute, when Wilson caught a long ball and got rid of Phillips to close the goal, but his attempt rebounded from Fabinho’s foot to a corner.
The first meaningful opportunity for Liverpool came in the 15th minute when Milner fired a powerful shot that goalkeeper Karl Darlow controlled.
Newcastle goalkeeper caught a shot by Alexander Arnold in the 25th minute, and defender Clark sent the ball away from Firmino in the penalty area after a cross by Robertson in the 32nd minute.
Hayden tried his luck with a long-range shot, which Alison watched as it was away from his goal in the 33rd minute, and Darlow denied Salah to open the scoring in the 34th minute, when he blocked his close attempt after a smart pass from Henderson.
In first half’s additional time, Darlow made an impressive intervention when Mane lifted a distinct cross over Firmino’s head, who fired a powerful shot.
Liverpool waited until the 54th minute to threaten their hosts’ goal in the second half, when Mane hit the side net from outside after a cross from Alexander Arnold.
Liverpool relied a lot on crosses, but Newcastle’s defense, led by Shar and Fernandez, was brilliant in removing these balls before Red’s strikers arrived.
Liverpool almost opened the scoring in the 66th minute, when Firmino launched a quick counterattack, to pass to Salah, who got rid of a defender before he hit the ball near the far post.
Liverpool entered Jones instead of Georginio Wijnaldum, and Firmino’s header passed by the post after a corner kick in the 69th minute, then Thiago Alcantara entered the Liverpool squad in place of Milner.
With a free kick by Ritchie, the ball reached Clark’s head, but it was saved by goalkeeper Allison in the 79th minute.
Two minutes later, Liverpool responded with a strong cross from Robertson, which Mane failed to control, but defender Shar pushed it away from the goal line after it was bounced from him.
Two minutes before the end of normal time, Darlow made a double save when he saved a header from Firmino, before pushing the ball away from Salah in time after a corner kick.
Liverpool fell to a draw for the second time in a row during the same week, and this time against Newcastle United.