Darlow denies Liverpool points at Newcastle

December 31, 2020
Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow (in green) makes a save during their English Premier League match against Newcastle United at St James' Park in Newcastle, England, yesterday.
Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow (in green) makes a save during their English Premier League match against Newcastle United at St James' Park in Newcastle, England, yesterday.

NEWCASTLE, England (AP):

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow pulled off a string of saves to help Newcastle hold Liverpool to a 0-0 draw yesterday as the defending champion's vaunted attacking trio came up empty.

Mohamed Salah missed two good chances when he had just Darlow to beat, and strike-partner Roberto Firmino saw two headers saved at St James' Park.

Three days after struggling West Bromwich Albion earned a point at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp's team was frustrated once again, although Darlow needed some help in the form of a late goal-line clearance from Fabian Schar to deny Sadio Mane and maintain the stalemate.

Liverpool have now won only two of eight league away games this season but still top the table, three points ahead of Manchester United, who have a game in hand.

Liverpool could have taken the lead 11 minutes before the break when Salah beat the offside trap to control the ball in front of the advancing Darlow, who got his hand on the Egyptian's shot to steer it wide of the post. The goalkeeper then produced a fine reaction save in stoppage time to repel Firmino's header from point-blank range.

Salah had another chance to break the deadlock in the 67th when he was played in by Firmino but directed his effort past the upright.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker then had to pull off a diving save of his own 11 minutes from time when Ciaran Clark met Matt Ritchie's free kick with a downward header.

Liverpool nearly scored moments later when Darlow pushed the ball away on to Mane's leg and Schar had to hack the ball off his line before the forward could tap into an empty net.

Darlow then clawed away another Firmino header near the end to preserve his clean sheet.

It was the only English Premier League game played yesterday after Fulham recorded a number of coronavirus cases and their match at Tottenham had to be postponed.

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