Liverpool extended their unbeaten start to their 2018/19 Premier League campaign with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Newcastle on Boxing Day.
Liverpool got off to a flying start and opened the scoring after just ten minutes. Jamaal Lascelles failed to clear his lines from an Andrew Robertson cross and Dejan Lovren was on hand to fire a superb half-volley into the roof of the net.
The Reds dictated possession for the remainder of the first-half, but they found it difficult to break down a stubborn Newcastle defence. Xherdan Shaqiri came closest to making it two just before the interval, but his free-kick was acrobatically tipped over by Martin Dubravka.
One minute into the second-half, Liverpool did manage to double their lead through Mohamed Salah, who confidently converted a penalty he won himself after appearing to be tripped in the box by Paul Dummett.
The game was wrapped up with ten minutes left on the clock thanks to Shaqiri. Trent Alexander-Arnold was slipped in on the right hand side of the 18-yard-box before he squared the ball into Shaqiri, who had an open goal to aim at.
The scoreline was then provided with some extra polish when Fabinho got in on the act, scoring his first goal for the Reds with a close-range header from a corner which left Dubravka with absolutely no chance.
Newcastle had a late chance to find a consolation goal, but Alisson produced a magnificent double-save to maintain his clean sheet.
We are now exactly half way through the 2018/19 Premier League season and Liverpool remain unbeaten. That’s quite an achievement.
The Reds haven’t been blowing teams away with effortless ease but they haven’t really looked like slipping up at any point this season – as exhibited by their performance in this one.
In truth, Newcastle didn’t offer up too much in the way of opposition, but Liverpool got the job done efficiently and effectively. There are sure to be plenty of twists and turns before the season is up, but this is the best chance Liverpool have ever had at winning the Premier League title – especially after Manchester City lost their second consecutive match against Leicester.