Liverpool’s hopes of opening up a menacing five-point lead at the top of the Premier League were sinked in an unlikely fashion as a stubborn Newcastle United side held them to a goalless draw at St James’ Park.
The Reds’ suffered their second frustrating draw in the final English top-flight match of 2020.
Jurgen Klopp made two changes to the side which drew to West Bromwich Albion. Nathaniel Phillips was once again recalled as Liverpool’s defensive resources have been depleted, while former Magpies midfielder James Milner was also handed the opportunity to start after being kept out with an injury.
The Magpies started well with striker Callum Wilson forcing two massive saves from Brazilian keeper Alison inside the first 12 minutes.
The Reds’s then had the chance to go up before the break when Salah fired wide after he had received a fine pass from Trent Alexander Arnold.
Former Nothingham Goalkeeper, Karl Darlow who has become a key member of Steve Bruce’s side denied Roberto Firmino in stoppage time to ensure the sides headed back to the dressing rooms with the scores still level.
It was the first 0-0 between the sides since 1974 and the results leaves league leaders Liverpool at the top of the table with 33 points, three above second-placed Manchester United who have a game in hand.
The Reds’ next game will be against Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium on 4th January.