Liverpool knew what they needed to do against Newcastle - win.
And that's exactly what they did...just.
Ahead of Manchester City’s clash with Leicester on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s side had the opportunity to go back top of the Premier League with just eight days remaining of the campaign.
But a trip to St. James’ Park is never easy.
Making that trip on a Saturday night, in Newcastle’s final home game of the season, just days after losing their Champions League semi-final in Barcelona is even tougher.
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And without Roberto Firmino.
But within 13 minutes, the away side were ahead.
Trent Alexander-Arnold whipped in a corner and Virgil van Dijk was incredibly left in acres of space as he planted his header past Martin Dubravka.
Seven minutes later, Newcastle were level. And it was a controversial one.
Alexander-Arnold handled on the line to block Salomon Rondon’s effort.
Luckily for the right-back, the ball fell to Christian Atsu, who equallised.
If Atsu didn’t score, Alexander-Arnold would surely be sent off and Newcastle would have a penalty.
But the 20-year-old remained on the pitch and, eight minutes later, grabbed his second (third!?) assist of the match.
His first time cross was steered into the corner by Mohamed Salah.
But Newcastle fought back.
And with 10 minutes gone in the second-half, they struck a killer blow to Liverpool’s title hopes.
The title contenders failed to deal with a corner, allowing Rondon to smash the ball past Alisson.
Things got worse for Liverpool when Salah collided with Dubravka and had to be forced off with a serious looking head injury.
It was time for a hero.
And it came in the form of Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles, who scored an own goal with just minutes remaining after pressure from Divock Origi.
Liverpool fans will now be praying for a miracle from Brendan Rodgers and Leicester on Monday night as they travel to the Etihad.News Now - Sport News