Premier League champions Liverpool have wrapped up the season with 99 points thanks to a 3-1 win at Newcastle.
Jurgen Klopp’s side haven’t broken the magic 100-point mark this season, but goals from Virgil Van Dijk, Divock Origi and Sadio Mane secured a winning end to 2019-20.
Klopp opted to rest a host of his stars for the trip to St. James’, and it looked like a mistake from the German, as his were caught out inside the first 30 seconds.
Former Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey wasted no time in clipping a quick free kick over Van Dijk, and Dwight Gayle raced clear to slot the hosts in front.
That goal was a shock to system for Liverpool, as they struggled to break Newcastle down.
But despite not creating much in the first half, Van Dijk headed them level just before the break from a whipped Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain free kick.
Liverpool were back the old selves after the break, as Van Dijk drew a fine stop from Martin Dubravka just after the restart.
Klopp’s side went up through the gears from there, as Origi curled them in front on the hour mark.
That goal took the edge off any potential Newcastle fightback, as Klopp brought on the cavalry of Salah, Mane and Firmino in the closing stages.
And with Newcastle looking tired in the closing minutes, Liverpool showed that touch of title winning ruthlessness, as Mane stepped onto Firmino’s pass to fire past Dubravaka.
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