Amid the still ongoing controversy surrounding his contract dispute and recent reports of him doing unhealthy activities, Raheem Sterling showed a stellar performance and helped Liverpool win against Newcastle 2-0 on Monday.
Sterling provided the opening goal for the Reds in the ninth minute of the game after going past Newcastle’s defenders Ryan Taylor and Gabriel Obertan. The 20-year old winger got help from Jordan Henderson, who provided him with an impressive crossfield pass.
Fans celebrated Sterling’s goal. The young winger has been widely criticized by the Liverpool crowd in the last few weeks following his contract controversy. Fans were also not happy after a picture of him apparently smoking tobacco appeared online.
Liverpool then pushed forward and tried several attempts at getting their second point of the match. Sterling and Philippe Coutinho made several openings that did not materialize. The much sought after second goal came in the 69th minute courtesy of midfielder Joe Allen, who broke past Magpies defender Mike Williamson.
While Newcastle were able to create several openings of their own, including that of Ayoze Perez, who was tackled by Dejan Lovren. Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet also proved able in deflecting several of the Magpies’ goal attempts.
Liverpool captain Henderson was very happy about the outcome of the match, saying that it come in at the right time. “We knew it was an important game for us,” he said during the post-game intrviews. “Obviously the last couple of weeks in the Premier League have been disappointing both with performances and results.”
“We knew today we needed to put that right and I think we did that with a great result for us.”
Henderson also noted that they still have some way to go with their remaining matches. “We’ve got ground to make up but we’ll just keep going, keep winning in games and putting in performances. Come the end of the season, you never know.”
Liverpool’s win puts them back on track in the Premier League, being just points behind the top four. On the other hand, Newcastle’s loss put them at the brink of relegation.