Liver­pool beat New­cas­tle 2-0 in Pre­mier League; Ster­ling, Allen score win­ning goals

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Ra­heem Ster­ling and Joe Allen scored in each half to give Liver­pool a 2-0 win over New­cas­tle United in the Pre­mier League on Mon­day that puts the club four points from the last Cham­pi­ons League place.

Ster­ling opened the scor­ing in the ninth minute when he downed a long cross on the left edge of the area and drib­bled past two de­fend­ers be­fore slot­ting a neat fin­ish in­side the far post.

New­cas­tle had a penalty claim waved away near the break when De­jan Lovren tripped Ay­oze Perez in the area dur­ing a good spell for the vis­i­tors, but Liver­pool dom­i­nated af­ter the in­ter­val and Allen volleyed in the sec­ond in the 70th.

New­cas­tle mid­fielder Moussa Sis­soko was then sent off in the 83rd for a sec­ond book­ing af­ter lung­ing in reck­lessly on Lu­cas. It was New­cas­tle’s fifth straight loss but the club is still nine points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone in 13th place.

Liver­pool was com­ing off two losses to top-four ri­vals Manch­ester United and Ar­se­nal but bounced back with a con­vinc­ing dis­play that keeps its hopes of Cham­pi­ons League soc­cer alive. The club is now four points be­hinds fourth­place Manch­ester City, which lost to United on Sun­day.

“We knew we had to put (those losses) right, and I think tonight we did, so it’s a great re­sult for us,” Liver­pool mid­fielder Jor­dan Hen­der­son said. “We’ve still got ground to make up, but we just have to keep go­ing, keep get­ting re­sults.”

Ster­ling should have scored a sec­ond just be­fore the hour mark when Hen­der­son sent in a cross from the right and Ryan Tay­lor scuffed his clear­ance. The ball fell per­fectly for Ster­ling but he fired wide from close range. Still, Ster­ling was given a big ova­tion from the An­field crowd when he was sub­sti­tuted near the end, de­spite hav­ing un­set­tled some fans by re­fus­ing to sign a new con­tract.

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