It was then left to Nunez to come off the substitutes’ bench and score two late goals, as the travelling Reds supporters went wild.
Alisson (8.0) is surely far and away the world’s greatest goalkeeper and he was worth his weight in gold yet again at St James’ Park.
The Brazilian made the most saves (seven) he ever has in the Premier League, outlining his importance, and one stop in the first half was sensational.
?? ? Alisson Becker made his most saves in a Premier League game today (7). pic.twitter.com/yiN7Mnctmu
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) August 27, 2023
The Echo‘s Ian Doyle focused on that aforementioned “unbelievable save” to keep out Miguel Almiron, saying how he eased the pressure on the defence in front of him.
Meanwhile, TIA’s Mark Delgado noted how Alisson “took aerial claims well, stood up to set-play deliveries and generally kept his level.”
In second place was Dominik Szoboszlai (7.2), with the Hungarian producing another impressive presence in the midfield in a really tough game.
Mark Doyle of Goal thought the 22-year-old “started very brightly” against the Magpies, also saying that he “never stopped fighting.”
Doyle felt Mac Allister improved after the break, having struggled at times before that, while Delgado lauded Salah’s “absolutely delicious pass” to assist Nunez’s winner.
The lowest-rated player was unsurprisingly Van Dijk (3.7), given his red card, although it was perhaps a questionable decision.
A special word of praise for Nunez, too, who didn’t get an overall mark because he didn’t start, with TIA’s readers giving him an incredible 9.6 rating.