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Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: Player Ratings – What the media and statistics say

Liverpool swatted aside Newcastle on Saturday, with Roberto Firmino the standout figure, despite not even starting the game.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side were fully expected to see off the Magpies at Anfield, but fell behind to Jetro Willems’ early screamer.

The Reds didn’t panic, though, as has become the norm during this incredible unbeaten home league run, overcoming the deficit in thrilling fashion.

Sadio Mane scored twice before the break and Mohamed Salah sealed the win, as Liverpool stayed top of the Premier League.

Here we compare our player ratings with those from the Liverpool Echo, the Mirror, the Independent, Sky Sports, FotMob and the TIA readers.

(nb – Firmino included instead of Divock Origi)

Firmino (8.6) may only have come on as a first-half substitute, but he earned the highest average rating as Liverpool made it 14 Premier League wins in a row.

It was a performance that was a joy to watch, with This is Anfield’s readers giving him an extraordinary average score of 9.6.

TIA’s Karl Matchett called the Brazilian’s assist for Salah’s goal “a thing of beauty”, also hailing his “vision and selflessness”.

Meanwhile, Ian Doyle of the Echo felt it was “tempting to give the Brazilian full marks for his assist for Salah alone”, in one what was a moment of genius.

Mane (8.5) continued his rich vein of form, only just falling short of Firmino in his quest for average rating glory!

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 14, 2019: Liverpool's Sadio Mane (R) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Roberto Firmino (L) during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 27-year-old received FotMob’s Man of the Match award, as he added two key passes and four ball recoveries to his brace at Anfield.

Matchett lauded Mane’s “wonderful, wonderful strike”, while the Mirror‘s Jacob Murtagh chose him as Liverpool’s star man.

Andy Robertson (7.7) was the Reds’ third-highest-rated player on the day, following a typically effective display.

Doyle recalled that the Scot “prompted cheers with one piece of skill and forceful run”, summing up his quality down the left flank.

Next up for Liverpool is a trip to Napoli on Tuesday evening, as Klopp’s men open their Champions League account for the season.

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