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 16th round the Premier League.
At St. James’s 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’s score rose with this draw to 33 points in the lead, 3 points ahead of Manchester United, who played one game less, while Newcastle’s score rose to 19 points in 14th.
Newcastle threatened its home side in the third 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 took 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 Darlo controlled.
Newcastle’s goalkeeper caught a shot by Alexander Arnold in the 25th minute. Defender Clarke sent the ball away from Firmino in the penalty area after a cross by Robertson in the 32nd minute.
Hayden saw a moment of a long-range shot that Allison saw while she was off his goal in the 33rd minute, and Darlo Salah was denied the opening of the scoring in the 34th minute when he blocked his close attempt after a smart pass. From Henderson.
In stoppage time in the first half, Darlo made an impressive tackle when Mane sent a distinct cross over Firmino’s head, who fired hard to clear the keeper.
Liverpool waited until the 54th minute to threaten their hosts’ goal in the second half when Mane hit the side net outside after a cross from Alexander Arnold.
Liverpool relied many on crosses, but Newcastle’s defense, led by Char and Fernandez, was brilliant in removing these balls before the red 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 hitting the ball near the far post.
Liverpool rested Jorginho Vinaldum in place of Jones, and Firmino’s header passed by the post after a corner kick in the 69th minute. Thiago Alcantara entered the Liverpool squad in place of Milner.
With a free-kick by Richie, the ball reached Clark’s head, who fired it and 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 Char pushed her away from the goal line after bouncing off him.
Two minutes before the end of normal time, Darlo made a double save when he saved a header from Firmino before pushing the ball away from Salah in time after a corner kick.