Virgil van Dijk celebrated Mohamed Salah's goal v Newcastle well before it went in

Liverpool survived a huge scare from Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds were expected to cruise past Steve Bruce’s side but fell behind after Jetro Willems’ screamer after five minutes.

But Liverpool’s class eventually told.

Sadio Mane restored parity after 28 minutes with a delicious curled effort into the top corner.

The Senegalese international then gave his side the lead as he converted from short range five minutes before half-time.

Newcastle looked dangerous in the second half but Liverpool made the points safe with 18 minutes remaining.

Roberto Firmino, who had been brilliant since coming on as a first-half substitute, produced a lovely back heel which sent Mohamed Salah clear.

The Egyptian winger then drove into the box and finished cooly past Martin Dubravka.

Watch the goal below:

A lovely goal. 

Virgil van Dijk has a habit of celebrating goals before they go in and he did that once again for Salah’s goal.

As soon as Firmino produced the back heel, the Dutch defender raised his arms in the air in celebration.

Salah still had a lot to do but he repaid Van Dijk’s faith by notching Liverpool’s third.

Van Dijk spoke to BT Sport after the game and praised his side’s character.

“It was very important to get the three points again,” he said. “It was tough to break them down.

“We analysed them especially against Spurs. How they just keep defending and wait for opportunities.

“To go 1-0 down here is not good but we reacted the right way. It was a good victory.”

Van Dijk was then full of praise for Firmino, saying: “He is a very important player for all of us. I know how difficult it is for a defender when the striker drops his position and he is making life difficult for any defender in the world, I think.

“He is so good and I am very happy he is on my team.”

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