Liverpool held to another draw at Newcastle after poor performance

2020-12-31 19:35:13
Liverpool held to another draw at Newcastle after poor performance

Liverpool was frustrated for a second successive game by struggling opponents as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Newcastle United on Wednesday.

The 0-0 draw means Liverpool lost the chance to open up a five-point lead at the top of the English Premier League. The team has now won only two of eight league away games this season but still tops the table, three points ahead of Manchester United.

Liverpool sharpshooter Mohamed Salah missed two good chances when he had just Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow to beat, and strike-partner Roberto Firmino saw two headers saved at St. James’ Park.

Salah and Firmino were all guilty of poor finishing for the champions while Darlow produced a couple of fine saves.

Liverpool could have taken the lead 11 minutes before the break when Salah beat the offside trap to control the ball in front of the advancing Darlow, who got his hand on the Egyptian’s shot to steer it wide of the post.

The goalkeeper then produced a fine reaction save in stoppage time to repel Firmino’s header from point-blank range.

Salah had another chance to break the deadlock in the 67th when he was played in by Firmino but directed his effort past the upright.

It was the only Premier League game played Wednesday after Fulham recorded a number of coronavirus cases and its match at Tottenham had to be postponed.

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