The Much Needed Victory

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We were back at the Anfield stadium for another encounter with Newcastle United, who were defeated in all of their last 4 matches. On the other hand, Chelsea too had consecutive defeats against Arsenal and Manchester United. Though I had barely slept after doing my shift at the pub, I couldn’t miss watching Liverpool at their home turf.

From the beginning, both the teams were looking fiercely to score and take the lead as soon as possible. Most of the possession in the initial minutes was with Liverpool, however, they were unable to create anything noteworthy. In the 9’ Sterling found an opening to score a beautiful goal. He took the pass from Henderson right into the left edge of the penalty area, cuts inside by beating Newcastle defenders, before shooting the ball with his right foot, which landed away from Krul’s dive and into the net. Liverpool 1-0 Newcastle.

After gaining an early lead in the match, Liverpool had many missed opportunities in the first-half itself. Newcastle was about to gain some momentum when Lovren appeared to foul Perez in the penalty area, but the referee waved away their claims. In the second-half, around the 70’ Liverpool went ahead to take all the three points of the match, when Joe Allen created a smooth finish that passed from Krul and into the nets.

By this time all the Newcastle supporters were utterly disappointed and some of them even started to leave the stadium. At full time the final score stood at Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle. Newcastle really needed this victory, as Manchester United had defeated Manchester City, and losing this match would have simply finished their hopes of staying in the top-4. The victory reignited the confidence of Liverpool, and me being an ardent follower of their game, couldn’t be happier.