26 Jul Liverpool win once more as 7/10 Van Dijk leads from the front and back
Liverpool rounded off an imperious Premier League season with a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
The guests had been shocked within the opening minute when Dwight Gayle fired dwelling after a fast free kick from Jonjo Shelvey, earlier than a looping header from Virgil van Dijk obtained Liverpool again on stage phrases within the 38th minute.
Liverpool began the second half on the entrance foot, and their stress quickly informed, as Divock Origi’s glorious end from distance simply earlier than the hour mark put his facet forward, and Sadio Mane got here off the bench so as to add some gloss to the scoreline with a near-carbon copy of Origi’s end within the closing phases.
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The response to going behind so early on was glorious, and it was solely a matter of time earlier than Liverpool’s dominance on the ball hammered out a route again into the sport.
The primary-minute Gayle strike may maybe be seen as a microcosm of the unconscious drop in recreation administration and focus since sealing the title a number of weeks in the past, as you actually wouldn’t have seen Jurgen Klopp’s facet concede a purpose like that earlier within the season.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
7 — It was an opportunity for Klopp to offer a few of his fringe gamers a run out and, regardless of a poor begin, the second-string stamped their authority on proceedings and floor out a win they had been glorious worth for.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = greatest, gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Alisson, 6 — Could not fairly get sufficient on Gayle’s strike to cease it nestling dwelling, however not a mistake by any stretch of the creativeness, and the Brazilian had a quiet 89 minutes after that.
DF Andy Robertson, 7 — By no means in any hazard defensively and was an everyday fixture within the opposition half as he appeared to make issues occur on the Liverpool left. There was a 12th Premier League help of the season for the Scot when he cushioned a cross-field move for Origi, on the way in which to Liverpool’s second.
DF Virgil van Dijk, 7 — Acquired his facet again on stage phrases with a superb looping header over Martin Dubravka, and compelled a save from the Newcastle stopper within the second half with an honest effort. Had little work to do defensively, however mopped up every thing he wanted to.
DF Joe Gomez, 6 — Caught flat-footed as Shelvey floated the ball over him for the opener, however the defender asserted himself on the sport thereafter and did not give a sniff to the Newcastle frontline.
DF Neco Williams, 6 — The 19-year-old was unable to get according to the remainder of his again 4 in time for Shelvey’s clipped ball in-behind for Newcastle’s first-minute opener, however the Welshman caught to his activity and appeared comfy, earlier than selecting up an harm late on and being changed by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
MF Naby Keita, 7 — Lastly beginning to seem like he is discovering his toes within the Liverpool midfield, and appeared the almost certainly to make one thing occur in response to the early opener, making some gliding runs into the Newcastle space. An honest displaying got here to an finish within the 85th minute when he was changed by Curtis Jones.
MF Giorginio Wijnaldum, 6 — There was a second of naivety when the Dutchman handed the ball again to Shelvey for a house free kick earlier than his defence may adequately organise itself for the opener.
MF James Milner, 6 — Saved issues ticking over in typical Milner trend; the 34-year-old is displaying no indicators of slowing down any time quickly.
MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 6 — Enjoying out broad, the previous Arsenal man did nicely to seek out area on the best flank earlier than floating in a cross for Van Dijk to go dwelling the equaliser, after which had Dubravka scrambling shortly after with a fizzing shot that simply evaded the angle between submit and bar. Introduced off for Roberto Firmino after 63 minutes.
MF Takumi Minamino, 6 — Compelled Dubravka into an honest save with a superb effort from the sting of the field within the first half, and the previous FC Salzburg man appeared eager to make an impression on the ultimate day of the season. Changed by Mane for the ultimate 27 minutes.
FW Divock Origi, 7 — The striker went into this one with no purpose in 23 appearances, however did not look in need of confidence when he shifted inside and fired a superb strike into the far nook to place his facet forward simply earlier than the hour. Withdrawn within the 64th minute for Salah.
Mohamed Salah, 6 — Fired towards the submit along with his first contact as he looked for his 20th Premier League purpose of the season.
Sadio Mane, 7 — Rounded the Liverpool season off in very good model with a stunning curling effort, after slicing contained in the penalty space.
Roberto Firmino, 6 — Knitted Liverpool’s attacking play collectively within the last half-hour, and performed the ball out broad for Mane on the way in which to Liverpool’s third.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, N/R — Slotted in at proper again for the ultimate 5 minutes.
Curtis Jones, N/R — Some neat footwork in his quick cameo.