Liverpool climbed to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle at St James’ Park thanks to a first-half goal from Naby Keita.
Manchester City are scheduled to play Leeds later on Saturday, and Jurgen Klopp’s side took full advantage of Magpies’ winning streak, which netted him five consecutive home wins.
Superb tackles by James Milner created the opportunity, before Keita received Diogo Jota’s ball and got close to Martin Dubravka to score an invaluable goal.
In contrast to Wednesday’s 2-0 outright victory over Villarreal in the Champions League semi-final first leg, Liverpool had to sweat as two Magpies goals were disallowed for offside.
However, the frequently changed Reds dominated their opponents and could have won by a larger margin, sending a message to the title contender ahead of their home game against Leeds later in the day.
Pep Guardiola’s side will go Elland Road two points behind Liverpool and will need to defeat the Whites in order to reclaim the top spot in the Premier League.
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