In the final Premier League game of 2020, Liverpool made the trip to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United and the reigning champions were held to a 0-0 draw. Steve Bruce’s side battled well and had some early success but they were unable to make count. Goalkeeper Karl Darlow made a couple of fine saves, before Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane missed some excellent chances to put Liverpool ahead in the second-half. The game ended in a stalemate, with Jurgen Klopp’s side extending their lead at the top of the table to three points.
Liverpool player ratings vs Newcastle United:
Allison – 6
A relatively quiet night for the goalkeeper, who banked his fourth Premier League clean sheet of the season. Forced into one really good save to deny Ciaran Clark in the second-half.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6
His trademark dangerous delivery was on show, while he dealt well with the threat Newcastle posed down their left-hand side.
Nathaniel Phillips – 5
Preferred over Rhys Williams with Joel Matip out with an adductor problem, Phillips struggled to deal with the threat of Callum Wilson in the first-half.
Fabinho – 7
The holding midfielder continued his excellent form as a makeshift centre-back and was a real leader in the heart of defence.
James Milner – 6
The veteran midfielder came back into the starting line-up after recovering from a hamstring problem and he put in a typically industrious display.
Mohamed Salah – 5
Denied in the first-half by an excellent save from Karl Darlow. Largely starved of possession but squandered a gilt-edged chance in the second-half.
Roberto Firmino – 6
Also denied by Darlow in the first-half, who made a smart save from a header. Sent Salah through in the second with a good ball but the Egyptian fluffed his lines. Missed an excellent chance of his own moments later.
Sadio Mane – 6
Had some opportunities in the first-half but his final ball was poor. Looked set to score a simple tap-in in the second-half but was denied by some last-ditch defending from Fabian Schar.