Liverpool opened the year 2024 with one of the most statistically dominating performances ever recorded in a win over Newcastle. The Reds were knocking on the door early and often, but failed to convert until Mohamed Salah tucked the ball into an open net in the 49th minute. In the end, Liverpool scored 4 goals from an xG of 7.27 after a missed penalty, some poor finishing, and some top shelf goalkeeping from Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka. When asked about the statistical dominance after the match, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was just glad his squad never let off despite the initial struggles to convert.
“I didn’t have to look at the stats because I saw it, it was really special,” said Klopp.
“It was Dubravka but it was ourselves as well. There were moments where we forced it, when the technique was not great, but then there were moments when Dubravka had a top save as well. We scored twice [where] we squared the ball and put it in the empty goal. We didn’t stop, that’s the most important thing.”
Liverpool’s attacking performance was witnessed by a raucous crowd at Anfield despite the miserable weather. Klopp was thrilled with the atmosphere the supporters created and felt it helped his squad keep the throttle open and the chances flowing.
“I said here a few weeks ago, I spoke about the atmosphere – tonight the atmosphere was absolutely exceptional and how we all took together these missed chances, that’s how an atmosphere is. It was not like, ‘Oh my God, what are they doing?’ And I would understand that in moments, but everybody was just really on fire: we go again, we go again, we go again. And we did, we scored four goals, which is already an outstanding number. All good.”