London, UK | THE INDEPENDENT | Naby Kieta’s first-half goal was enough to help Liverpool edge past a stubborn Newcastle United 1-0 and return to the top of the Premier League table.
Liverpool dominated the early proceedings and went ahead on 19 minutes through Keita, who exchanged passes with Diogo Jota before rounding Martin Dubravka to score.
The Reds pushed for a second goal after the break and forced two fine saves in quick succession from Dubravka, who denied substitute Mohamed Salah and then Jota.
Bruno Guimaraes had a late chance to equalise, but he was denied by Alisson as Newcastle’s four-match winning run came to an end.
Liverpool have 82 points, two more than Manchester City who face Leeds United this evening.
Newcastle are ninth on 43 points.
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