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Nunez, Gakpo score as Liverpool beat 10-man Newcastle



Liverpool's Cody Gakpo scores their second goal

Liverpool ended Newcastle United’s long unbeaten run in the Premier League through early goals by Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo that gave them a 2-0 victory at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Juergen Klopp’s side caught Newcastle cold with a scintillating start, and the stunned hosts were reduced to 10 men in the 22nd minute when goalkeeper Nick Pope was red-carded.

Fourth-placed Newcastle’s only previous defeat in the league came against Liverpool at the end of August, but they were up against it after Nunez controlled a long pass by Trent Alexander Arnold to smash home in the 10th minute.

Gakpo then doubled Liverpool’s lead seven minutes later when he slotted in from a clever pass by Mohamed Salah.


Pope was caught out of his goal by a long clearance from his opposite number Alisson and ended up grabbing the ball with his hand well outside of his penalty area.

Newcastle responded well and were denied by a mixture of the woodwork and Alisson, but the damage was already done.

Liverpool’s second successive league win after a run of four without one moved them up to eighth in the table with 35 points, and they are now six points behind Newcastle with a game in hand.

Newcastle’s top-four ambitions are coming under threat after only one win in seven league games.

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