Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool face repeat date with ‘fate’ after unfulfilled Newcastle hope
Liverpool have played against Newcastle United in the past when they were involved in a title race – the last of them coming back in May 2019 when Divock Origi struck late
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The Premier League title race could take another dramatic turn this weekend Liverpool and Manchester City back to top action.
There is just one point between the two sides going into their last five games and a slip by either side could allow the other to take full control and become the next English champions. Both face a tricky-looking away game on the Saturday before the home straight in May.
city head to LeedsUnited after Liverpool got on form newcastle United at St James’ Park in the early kick-off. The Reds have accumulated 37 points from a possible 39 available as they try to catch pep Guardiola ‘s side and claim a second division triumph in three seasons.
However, the Magpies are not easy opponents these days and Liverpool will have to work hard to take maximum points from their trip to the North East. Eddie Howe has turned Newcastle from a relegation-threatened club into a battle for the top half of the division.
It’s not the first time the two teams have gone head-to-head in a title race, however. The Reds needed a win at Newcastle on Friday Night Football to keep the pressure on City in the 2018/19 season.
Likewise, there was only one point between the sides and Liverpool had an opportunity to return to the top – which will also happen if they beat the Magpies at 12:30pm. In that game, the Reds were thrown back twice, but still managed to win the game.
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Virgil van Djik put Klopp’s side ahead before Christian Atsu’s spectacular equaliser. It took the Reds just eight minutes to regain their lead through Mohamed Salah but Newcastle kept fighting and equalized for the second time when Salomon Rondon fired home from close range.
But in the 86th minute, cult hero Divock Origi emerged with the match winner and headed in a cross from Xherdan Shaqiri to seal the points for the Reds. This was no easy escape for Liverpool, who had to fight hard to secure victory against a side with little to play for.
In his press confidence after the game after the win almost three years ago to the day, Klopp said: “What can I say? It’s just awesome, it’s like a fairy tale. That was really a big moment (goal by Origi).
“I accepted a long time ago that we will do anything, absolutely anything and the lads will throw everything they have on the pitch. That means whether we become champions or not, it’s destiny.
“We’re doing everything, we can’t take any more. Can you get more than 94 points? Not really. The boys tried everything, even when we drew, they tried everything to win the game.
“The guys showed every second that they really want to win it. We knew what we had to do and the lads did it in a very difficult game. Thanks to Newcastle. Wow.
“If any people doubt the teams that aren’t playing for anything anymore, that they’re already halfway to the beach, it was the opposite. Is there a history between Newcastle and Liverpool that I’m not aware of? The atmosphere was like something had happened between them in the past.”
That win looked to be the turning point for Liverpool City to catch up, but they ultimately floundered after Guardiola’s side won their last two games. The Citizens squeezed past leicester City in Monday Night Football thanks to a 30-yard miracle from Vincent Kompany.
On the final day, City kept their nerve to bat Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 despite falling behind on Glenn Murray’s early opener. Liverpool did their job with a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers but it wasn’t enough to steal the title from Guardiola’s men.
Newcastle are expected to bring a similar task to the table this weekend – especially given their form and the way some players are fighting for their future. After spending almost £100million in January, the Magpies hierarchy will inject more cash in the summer as they look to compete at the top end of the league.
However, Klopp’s focus will only be on getting the job done and trying to keep the title race as close to home as possible. This game in May 2019 was actually the last time this game was played with fans in the stadium Covid-19 Pandemic.
Origi, who scored the winner that night, has scored some pretty important goals for the Reds since joining from Lille in 2014. This season, the Belgium international broke the deadlock in the 93rd minute wolves and also charged the second against everton last weekend.
Could this be another opportunity for Origi to impress? He certainly has history in the game and could be crucial if Liverpool continue to elevate the game First League Title.
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