Newcastle 0 Liverpool 0: Toon keeper Darlow stops Reds surging five points clear as Magpies battle to deserved point

NEWCASTLE’S hero keeper Karl Darlow stopped Liverpool topping the Premier League by five points after this tough stalemate.

The Reds dictated possession, with Darlow three times brilliantly rescuing the hard-working Magpies before the break.

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Jurgen Klopp shows his frustration as his Liverpool side struggled for a breakthrough[/caption]

And as both sides struggled to create decent chances after the break, one boost for the Reds was the return of star summer recruit Thiago after injury.

The former Bayern Munich midfielder replaced James Milner after 73 minutes.

Fabian Schar’s brilliant goal-line clearance then denied Liverpool Sadio Mane after Darlow parried a shot.

Jurgen Klopp’s champions needed victory to extend their advantage over second-placed Manchester United, while Newcastle had gone into the clash four games without a win.

And both teams went for it in a thrilling finish, with the Toon just about deserving their draw.

Darlow defied Roberto Firmino’s header and got to the follow-up ahead of Mo Salah in a frantic finale.

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Sadio Mane could have been Liverpool’s high-rise hero but missed with this header[/caption]

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Nathaniel Phillips brings down Newcastle’s Argentine defender Federico Fernandez [/caption]

 

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Sadi Mane heads wide as Liverpool put the pressure on Newcastle[/caption]

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Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow thwarts Liverpool striker Mo Salah[/caption]

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