The second-last match for Liverpool in the Premier League was quite a nerve-wrecking and exhilarating one. The pressure is coming down on the Reds as they are neck to neck with the stubborn Manchester City and it’s beginning to seem like neither team will suffer any futuristic slip-up.
However, on the 4th of May, the match between Newcastle and Liverpool didn’t seem like it was going to end in a “red” victory, but with the perseverance of their team and the constant strive to win, the Reds managed to score the victory goal just in time.
Although their star striker, Mo Salah (who is also this year’s Premier League top scorer with 22 goals), went down hard after an aerial collision with the magpie’s goalkeeper: Martin Dubraka, Liverpool still managed to keep their composure and took all the chances they could get to get the ball in the net. However, Salah’s injury looks like a concern for the upcoming matches and fans can only hope and pray that the striker heals completely before the Premier League final.
Of course, this must’ve affected the teams performance as they already were missing out on Roberto Firmino who is out with a serious muscle injury and Sadio Mane just didn’t seem to have his usual fiery drive. Nonetheless, with four minutes plus stoppage time left to salvage their dream, Origi headed in Shaqiri’s free-kick to claim a win.
The match started out pretty much in Liverpool’s favor as the towering Virgil van Dijk managed to score a fantastic header in the 13th minute. Though, this seemed to only rile up the black and whites and they soon leveled the game in the 20th minute with a goal by Christian Atsu that also hit Alexander-Arnold on his arm as he attempted to block it, but a penalty wasn’t given as he managed to score. So, it could’ve been much worse for the Reds.
Liverpool seemed scattered after this as the stress was raining down on them. They couldn’t afford to lose or draw this match, which meant Manchester City becoming this year’s champions. Sadio Mane was muscled off the ball by Fabian Schar. Jordan Henderson misplaced a pass. Ayoze Perez burst through and rattled the bar. Suddenly, Liverpool looked extremely shaky.
Then, the Egyptian King once again proved why he is no one-season wonder and scored a clever right-footed goal in the 28th minute, assisted by Alexander Arnold and Daniel Sturridge. There was no more scoring until after the half-time, when Newcastle’s Rondon managed to equalise once again after poor defending of a corner by the Reds.
With only 20 minutes left and the score 2-2, Salah rises up in an attempt to dominate the scoring and hits the hip of Dubravka, Newcastle’s goalkeeper, and doesn’t get up afterwards. With their drive and motivation drained, the Reds still manage to carry on and the savior of the match – Divock Origi – gets the ball in with a wonderful header. As Liverpool fans from the Leazes to Los Angeles dug their nails into their palms, Alexander-Arnold calmly dummied over the ball, Shaqiri bent the ball in and Origi rose highest to direct the ball past Dubravka, via the head of Jamaal Lascelles.
The Reds won this match but they know they have to keep this winning streak going if they want to become the champions. The race is on and a final win from the Wolves who are on an upward curve, sitting in seventh place after a fantastic first season in the Premier League, could secure their positions as champions. Of course, many prayers are needed in order for Manchester City to make a huge blunder and forfeit the title to the Reds.
They’ll get through it however they can and however they must, counting down the hours and the minutes and the seconds to one of the biggest days in the modern history of their club.