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Intensity the key for Newcastle at Liverpool, says Rafa Benitez

Intensity the key for Newcastle at Liverpool, says Rafa Benitez

But despite their thrilling brand of football, Benitez, who guided the club to a second-placed Premier League finish in 2009, insists the current generation need to land silverware if they are to be considered alongside their illustrious predecessors. For those looking to comment on the match and get involved in the community, please join us over on Matchday, and stick with us on The Liverpool Offside following today's game for the recap, manager quotes, and reaction to everything that's happened. Liverpool are seconds from victory.

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

Firmino had the awareness to slip the ball back to Mane, who curled home his fifth goals in his last three games.

Liverpool eased their way through the rest of the game with important tasks ahead, such as a trip to Old Trafford next Saturday.

A ricochet in midfield fell to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who fed Salah for the Egypt global to take a sharp touch out of his feet and hit a crisp finish through the legs of Dubravka.

There are some positives on the medical front at Liverpool, however, with both James Milner and Jordan Henderson expected to be fit this weekend amid doubts of their availability. But Liverpool's run-in this season will see similar tests to Newcastle, meaning Oxlade-Chamberlain can come into his own.

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In his eyes, it was the only way for his under-resourced Newcastle to combat a heavyweight, attacking side. "It will be "all the best" after the game", explained Benitez, forever the professional.

Newcastle's determined defending was denying Liverpool space, but Salah dallied when he could have fired at goal, Lejeune recovering to make a block.

But Saturday's opponents will be well-drilled, with Benitez searching for at least a point to ensure Newcastle's fight against relegation continues in earnest.

Troy Deeney pushed West Bromwich Albion closer to relegation as the Watford striker's late goal sealed a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road.

Newcastle have picked up points in four straight games and in eight of their last 10 games.


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