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Mark Lawrenson: What I really think of Roberto Firmino at Liverpool FC

04 March, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Lamar Ellis
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Jurgen Klopp has urged his side to show no mercy to former boss Rafa Benitez as he brings his Newcastle side back to Anfield in search of valuable points.

He has now scored as many as the entire Toon team in the current campaign.

Sadio Mane added Liverpool's second with his fifth goal in his last three matches, which came after the move of the night with a series of quick interchanges culminating in Roberto Firmino's brilliantly-threaded pass through a seemingly impenetrable forest of legs.

"It's not easy, but I have the idea that if we play with the same intensity, the same commitment and the same organisation that we did against Manchester United (when Newcastle won 1-0) that we can compete", said Benitez.

Florian Lejeune's ambitious long-range free-kick posed no problems for Loris Karius, Martin Dubravka showing sharp reflexes to keep out a Dejan Lovren header at the other end.

Liverpool are unbeaten in 21 home league games against Newcastle (W17 D4 L0), since a 0-2 loss in April 1994 thanks to goals from Rob Lee and Andy Cole.

But any frustration was eased five minutes before the break when Salah made the most of his first clear-cut chance.

No player within the big five European leagues has scored in more competitive club games than Mohamed Salah (26 games) in 2017-18.

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His goal was set up by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's driving run forward before a neat lay-off.

Handsome passing combinations and superb movement led to Roberto Firmino setting up Mane, with the Senegal forward - involved earlier in the sweeping attack - beating Dubravka with a super curling strike.

Salah has had a stunning first season at Liverpool since arriving from Serie A giants Roma last summer.

Liverpool doubled their lead in the 55th minute, though, with Mane on target for the third game in a row in all competitions.

They have a lot of players with pace, especially the front three.

In his last two meetings with Benitez, Klopp feels Liverpool have gifted Newcastle points - throwing away leads in both encounters.

"The best team we had at this time was the team that finished second in the league with 86 points".

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