We need to keep same mentality - Benitez upbeat despite defeat

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Liverpool fans weren't happy with the chant sang by the visiting Newcastle United fans. However, with Liverpool in such a rich vein of form it was always going to be a challenge to maintain that statistic - particularly when Liverpool have Salah in their ranks.

Klopp's side won the ball high up the pitch with Emre Can.

Liverpool took complete control 10 minutes after half-time when Roberto Firmino drove at the heart of the Newcastle defence, playing in Senegal winger Mane, who claimed his 14th goal of the season with a clinical finish.

The goal was the 200th in Klopp's 97th league game in charge.

Stood on the touchline, pointing, gesticulating and conducting his players, it was clear Benitez had a plan.

The Egypt international's 32nd goal of the campaign - the same number the Magpies have managed in all competitions this season - was the 26th competitive club match he has scored in, eclipsing the likes of Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani (24) and Barcelona's Lionel Messi (20) in the big five leagues.

The nearest Newcastle came to pulling one back was when Isaac Hayden headed Atsu's delivery from the right wide with 12 minutes remaining.

Newcastle have injury worries over Jonjo Shelvey.

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At the other end of the pitch, Dwight Gayle was isolated.

However, that was not the case anywhere near as much as might have been expected in the first half. That was until five minutes shy of the break, when the latter sprung.

Jurgen Klopp has made two changes to the side that beat West Ham United last week as Liverpool prepare to host Newcastle United at Anfield. A thigh problem has meant the Algeria striker has not played since Newcastle paid Leicester City a £2m short-term loan fee in January.

Chelsea and Arsenal are also reported to be interested in the former Nottingham Forest defender, who is one of the best and most important players in the current Newcastle team. Such is Benitez's contrasting popularity; he has been credited to having the opposite impact on players.

The Magpies have lost 10 of their 13 league matches this season, including all five away fixtures, against teams now in the top half of the table.

Liverpool vs. Newcastle is being shown live on BT Sport 1, which is available to live stream here.

When he arrived at Liverpool from Arsenal for £35million in the summer; Oxlade-Chamberlain was questioned at every turn. "Similar to this Liverpool side".

More recently, Oxlade-Chamberlain has found his feet, and in his preferred position no less. "I wouldn't say we have no chance to win the game afterwards, but if the ball is in then it changes the game, for sure".