Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle: Sterling impresses as the Reds comfortably dispatch of the Magpies

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling put some of his recent troubles behind him with an impressive performance for the Merseysiders, scoring the opening goal as Brendan Rodgers’ men ran out comfortable 2-0 winners at Anfield, reports BBC Sport.

Liverpool were bright from the off, and their quick start saw Sterling score inside of 10 minutes. On the left-hand side, he displayed a deft touch from a crossfield pass from Jordan Henderson, before cutting on his right foot, evading two challenges, and curling the ball past Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal. It was a brilliantly-taken opener for the top-four chasers, and set the tone for a good performance.

The home side were on top for the entirety of the first-half, and should have been more comfortably ahead, after spurning good opportunities. It could have backfired for Liverpool just before the break too, as Newcastle had a good penalty appeal turned down, and came close to scoring themselves.

In the second-half Newcastle pushed on for an equaliser. They came close, and had the Liverpool defence panicking, but ultimately the Reds managed to gain some stability in the game again.

Midfielder Joe Allen scored a rare goal for the home side to wrap the game up, volleying a loose ball in the area to make it 2-0 midway through the second-half. And It proved to be enough for all three points, with Liverpool ending the day just four points adrift of 4th-placed Manchester City.

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