COVID-infected Liverpool come back in a 3-1 win over Newcastle 3-1.
Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool scored with a stunning strike in the midst of overcoming the loss of three players due to suspected COVID-19 positive tests.
They also conceded the first goal of their game to defeat Newcastle United 3-1 in the Premier League on Thursday.
Liverpool is now on track to earn 40 points after 17 games. They are one point ahead of the leaders of Manchester City who beat Leeds United 7-0 on Tuesday.
The trio of Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho, and Curtis Jones was ruled out for the hosts. Jonjo Shelvey struck the first goal for Newcastle in the course through the 7th minute with a quick, low strike that went over unsighted keeper Allison Becker at Anfield.
The lead was held for 14 minutes before Diogo Jota fired home the rebound after Martin Dubravka saved his initial header to draw level the score.
And Newcastle’s players complained the ball shouldn’t be taken out of play because Isaac Hayden was down injured inside their area.
Mohamed Salah put Liverpool ahead within four minutes, equalizing Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy’s record of 15 consecutive Premier League games with a goal or assist after crashing into the goal after a Sadio Mane strike.
Newcastle increased their performance dramatically during the second half and showed a defensive focus lacking throughout the season. However, within the final 10 minutes, Liverpool loosened the screws.
Dubravka was forced to come down with aplomb to keep out Mane at the stroke of 81st minutes. Jota saw a blocked long-range shot before the Newcastle goalkeeper pulled off a second amazing save by Naby Keita.
He couldn’t accomplish three minutes after the time of normalization. But Alexander-Arnold did take his first step on the outside of the box before firing an explosive rocket into the upper corner.
“I’ve long awaited it over the last five years waiting for the chance to strike it straight as this,” Alexander-Arnold told B.T. Sport. “I’ve been lucky enough to get a few hits from the edges of my box … I’ve found that delicious, and it’s tucked away in the upper corner.”
The England full-back admitted that He and his teammates have been trying to avoid the possibility of a positive COVID test at the club when the games are a flurry during the Christmas period.
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