Newcastle United 1 Liverpool 3 - Magpies surrender to the Champions
Sometimes the final day of the season can spring some very whacky results. As Dwight Gayle scores inside the first 30 seconds, you could have thought that this would be another final day surprise.... It wasn’t. Though Newcastle were for the most part comfortable and defending well, that all went to pot when Danny Rose concedes a needless free kick. The immediate danger had been cleared, however, the ball was whipped back in and Van Dijk rose above everyone to loop a header over Martin Dubravka to equalise. Liverpool dominated possession and the Magpies rarely threatened to regain the lead. Though, Newcastle would go into the break level with the Champions. In the second half, Newcastle were invisible. Joelinton replaced Allan Saint-Maximin and With that change, Newcastle lost any attacking threat they had. Divock Origi deservedly put Liverpool ahead, with a great finish. Newcastle players allowed the striker time to bend it beyond Dubravka from just outside the box. Liverpool’s danger men Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah Were introduced. The latter could’ve scored with his first touch, instead he saw his effort smash off the post. It was Mane who increased Liverpool’s lead with an almost identical goal to Origi’s. Again the defenders afforded the striker time and they were duly punished. Liverpool had chances to make the scoreline even gloomier for Newcastle, though the Magpies held on to just the two goal deficit. That result brought the curtain down on what has been a long season. A season in which Newcastle survived due to three other teams letting them off the hook. Nobody would’ve been surprised had Newcastle gone down this season. The planning should start for next season, however, with the transfer window now open Newcastle have no idea who will own the club when the new campaign comes around. As a result it is going to be very difficult for Newcastle to strengthen, and my word they need to strengthen. The Premier League have left Newcastle in limbo, left to watch other teams improve and plan for the new season, while Newcastle stand motionless. The Premier League seem to be locking Newcastle in a cage and throwing away the key, not giving a toss about the consequences. Who will own Newcastle come next season? Who will be manager? Will Newcastle have new players? Where will Matty Longstaff, Nabil Bentaleb, Valentino Lazaro and Danny Rose be next season? Your guess is as good as mine, thanks Richard Masters and co.