It may have been costly but Liverpool once again got the job done. The title-chasing Reds somehow eked out a 3-2 victory over a vibrant Newcastle to ensure that the race for the Premier League crown will most assuredly go down to the final matchday.
Emotionally-weary from a debilitating 3-0 loss to Barcelona in the midweek Champions League semifinal, Jürgen Klopp’s squad came into the penultimate weekend of the domestic league season needing a win to continue to put pressure on the table-topping Manchester City.
The situation looked dire after 85 minutes of play with the Reds—already without the key Roberto Firmino through injury—twice losing the lead as well as the league’s leading scorer in Mohamed Salah who had to be stretchered off following a nasty collision head injury.
However, just like against Everton early in the season, Divock Origi came off the bench for the Egyptian headed home a Xherdan Shaqiri cross in the 86th minute and give Liverpool a famous result.
The Belgian was ecstatic in his post match interview, “Today was a big fight,” the 24-year-old said speaking to Sky Sports. “We knew [it was going to be] beforehand. We came here and it was a bit hard; it wasn’t easy. They were always going to come back but in the end we showed our fighting spirit and we got the three points.
“It’s a lot of emotion but we have to control. It’s very exciting. It’s been a special season and until now we’ve done very well but want to finish it off in style.
“We’ll do everything to win everything and hopefully it comes out our way.”
With his squad once again showing the mettle to scrape a result under such strenuous circumstances, Klopp was equally as congratulatory of the players after such a difficult week:
“It’s brilliant, so deserved,” the German said. “It was a tough game against a physically stronger team than us. We had to fight, I couldn’t be more proud.”
“I was calm because I thought it’s destiny, the boys try everything and you just have to try it, we were aggressive, tried to push but then we had the break around Mo and he had to go off.
“Newcastle, credit to them, they tried everything, but we have three points and have qualified for our final.”
The Liverpool boss also provided an update on the talismanic Salah, who the Reds will be in need if they even hope to overturn the deficit in next week’s reverse European tie against Barcelona:
“[Mo] watched the [rest of the] game inside, he was OK. He got a proper knock on the head. We need to do further assessments.”