Liverpool came from behind to beat Newcastle 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday, with Roberto Firmino‘s performance the talk of social media.
Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle
Premier League, Anfield
September 14, 2019
Goals: Mane 28′ & 40′, Salah 72′; Willems 7′
The Reds returned to action with the visit of the Magpies, with victory expected on Merseyside.
Jetro Willems stunned the home crowd with a fierce early strike, however, as Jurgen Klopp‘s side started in flat fashion.
Sadio Mane beautifully curled in an equaliser to ease the nerves, though, before tapping into an empty prior to half-time.
Mohamed Salah sealed the victory with a precise finish, following an outrageous piece of skill by an unplayable Firmino, ensuring Liverpool retain their 100 percent record in the league.
Here’s how fans reacted to the result on Twitter, Facebook and This Is Anfield’s forums.
Firmino’s wonderful performance from the bench caught the eye…
I’d have to think about it, but my immediate hot take is that Firmino’s assist might be my favourite Liverpool assist in years.
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) September 14, 2019
So, on a scale of 10 to 10, just how good, important, admirable, fun, brilliant, loveable and grin-inducing is Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira?
— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) September 14, 2019
Firmino is just a ridiculous footballer – one of my favourite Liverpool players of all time.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) September 14, 2019
The back heel! Firmino has just sent four Newcastle defenders to The Arkles with that change of direction!
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) September 14, 2019
“Firmino is the Brazilian Dalglish” – Nik Reece on Facebook.
“Firmino, the champagne of football” – 20ATHLONE on the forums.
?? Firmino for the assist pic.twitter.com/DPk5CI8KFY
— SosoLIV #6 (@SosoLIV6) September 14, 2019
Phenomenal stuff from Firmino today ?????? #LIVNEW
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) September 14, 2019
Firmino having a worldie of a season
— Tom McMahon (@tomjpmac) September 14, 2019
What a player! Roberto Firmino! Genius touch
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) September 14, 2019
Firmino today. Both the circus ringmaster and a magician. Directing the show. Delivering sorcery. His mates up front scored. He didn’t. But what a player. Liverpool a bit casual at times. Maybe they can afford to be at home now.
— Simon Hughes (@Simon_Hughes__) September 14, 2019
Other individuals also received praise, as did the team display…
We’re so bloody brilliant. I’ve never supported a team this good. It’s unreal
— Alex Barilaro (@Alex_Barra12) September 14, 2019
The Liverpool front three will rightly get all the plaudits, but Fabinho has been outstanding yet again. My mate @NolanDom just described him perfectly: “Like a Hadron collider. Time and space bends around him and he swallows everything.”
— Simon Clancy (@SiClancy) September 14, 2019
Thought Robertson was brilliant today. Set the tempo by instigating the press which helped recover from a sloppy start. Adventurous and direct going forward with quality in his final ball to match. Crucial component of this side.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) September 14, 2019
“Mane… is the man hey!” – Stewart Strahan on Facebook.
“And Mo, with the icing on the cake goal!” – Maria on the forums.
When Klopp was at Dortmund he had Mane in his office and chose not to sign him, citing his personality was not of an elite level player due to the fact he didn't believe in himself.
It's fair to say he's got that belief now.
— Ian Ryan (@Ian1892T) September 14, 2019
Fabinho is like a Brazillian Aston Martin, he reminds me of Alonso at times but still a lot of years ahead of him yet.
Quality footballer #LIVNEW
— James (@HotActionKop) September 14, 2019
Sadio Mané is the only player in the Premier League to score 25+ goals since the start of last season without converting a single penalty.
One of the best forwards in the world. pic.twitter.com/Euv1rYTTPL
— Coral (@Coral) September 14, 2019
VAR was again a talking point for all the wrong reasons…
Mane may have taken heat off officials with his gorgeous filth there, but huge, huge point about VAR: How the hell is headlock on Matip not be checked? There's no subjectivity in that motion, it's a clear and obvious offence, and clear and obvious ref mistake. VAR is shit #LFC
— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) September 14, 2019
Might as well bin VAR if that’s not given as a penalty. Stonewall.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) September 14, 2019
Things we learnt today (or already knew):
•Fabinho is a monster in midfield
•Sadio Mane is the best player in the world on current form
•Firmino is ESSENTIAL for us
•The reds will stay on top for another week
Oh, and VAR is absolute sh"te! #upthereds
— Anthony (@akbrennan89) September 14, 2019
— david peers (@davep3370) September 14, 2019
VAR has supposedly been reviewed during the international break. I’m it sure what they were doing but surely this isn’t allowed???
This isn’t just about Liverpool, other teams have been affected by poor decisions in the Premier League. The state of refereeing is atrocious. pic.twitter.com/OIzF0YvGWq
— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) September 14, 2019
What's the point of VAR? Blatant penalty…
— Kloppholic (@Kloppholic) September 14, 2019
It’s 14 successive Premier League wins for the Reds…
LIVERPOOL, LIVERPOOL, TOP OF THE LEAGUE pic.twitter.com/TuyqbbLC23
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) September 14, 2019
Leaving Anfield barely able to speak after a League game – good times. Watching the best Liverpool forward line in my lifetime – incredible pic.twitter.com/CiU2ByHW6E
— Jeff Goulding (@ShanklysBoys1) September 14, 2019
“1st team ever to win 14 games in a row whilst scoring 2 or more in every game! Up the mighty Reds” – Chris Fletcher on Facebook.
“High 5 for 5 wins out of 5, 14 wins on the bounce………but meh….people say we’re just a cup team” – Redsi73 on the forums.
A slow 20 minutes for #LFC, who were rocked by Willems' fine strike.
Much better after Mane's superb leveller. What a difference Firmino makes, but Robertson outstanding today too. And Salah got his goal.
15 points from 15, 14 straight league wins. On to Naples.
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) September 14, 2019
Newcastle were well drilled, boasted plenty of pace and quality in attack, and even took the lead. But it's so difficult to beat this #LFC team at Anfield – they were relentlessly brilliant yet again.
— David Lynch (@LynchStandard) September 14, 2019
Another very good performance in where we dominated pretty much from start to finish. Some great football on show and a pleasure to watch. Every player had a good game but Bobby Firmino was outstanding when he came on so he gets my vote for M.O.M #LFC ?
— Peter Phillip6 (@PeterPhillips_) September 14, 2019
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