Sadly, there is nothing new to report when it comes to Newcastle’s results... Liverpool hosted the Magpies on New Year and dealt with them easily, beating Newcastle 4-2 at Anfield and adding another L to Eddie Howe’s ever-grown list of losses.
The win positioned Liverpool with a three-point lead in the league standings after the game, and it also left Newcastle’s brass (maybe) looking at potential replacements for Howe as the situation is starting to become untenable, let alone with the team out of two cups already and about to play a pivotal game on Saturday against Sunderland that could very well put an end to Howe’s tenure in the Magpie bench.
The man of the match was undoubtedly Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who had one of his best games ever by contributing to all four goals.
Salah’s day began with a setback, mind you, as he missed a penalty in the 22nd minute. He would made more than up for that, believe me.
The Egypt international rebounded strongly in the second half, scoring Liverpool’s opening and final goals, and assisting in the other two. Those two other scores were bagged by Curtis Jones and Cody Gakpo, capitalizing on Salah’s assists.
Liverpool dominated Newcastle from start to finish and the Magpies were tired, empty, and simply horrible on a day to forget to kick off the 2024 calendar year. The Reds logged a total of 34 shots, 18 of which were in the first half.
Newcastle, under the management of Eddie Howe for the next few days but maybe not weeks, will play an FA Cup tie next weekend and they will start the next Premier League matchday sitting ninth in the league. You be the judge how good is that... let alone coming off a seven-of-eight games lost by the Magpies.
Howe sounded optimistic after the defeat against Liverpool, saying “I can always see a light at the end of the tunnel if the players continue to give everything they’ve got.”
Perhaps that light is red, and it’s just the one coming off the NUFC offices blaring the firing alarm if things don’t go according to plan on Saturday. Bad times in Newcastle upon Tyne.