Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool FC at St James Park in Newcastle upon Tyne, the UK, July 26 2020. Picture: JAN KRUGER/GETTY IMAGES
Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool FC at St James Park in Newcastle upon Tyne, the UK, July 26 2020. Picture: JAN KRUGER/GETTY IMAGES

Newcastle — Striker Divock Origi scored a rare goal as champions Liverpool came from behind to complete their magnificent Premier League season with a 3-1 win at Newcastle United on Sunday.

Liverpool ended the campaign on 99 points, 18 ahead of nearest rivals Manchester City, while Newcastle finished 13th on 44 points.

Liverpool went behind to the fastest goal scored against them in the Premier League era as Dwight Gayle latched on to Jonjo Shelvey’s free kick and slotted it past Alisson with 26 sec on the clock.

With Liverpool having made five changes to the team that started the 5-3 win over Chelsea on Wednesday, it fell to ever-present Virgil van Dijk to score the equaliser with a towering header seven minutes before halftime.

Belgian forward Origi, who had not scored in the league since bagging a brace against Everton on December 4, put the Reds in front in the 59th minute, cutting in from the left before curling the ball in at the far post.

Liverpool turned the screw by bringing on the attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in the 64th minute, and Newcastle struggled to deal with their clever movement.

Adopting a shoot-on-sight policy as he chased his 20th league goal of the season, Salah hit the post and it was Mane who fired home in the 89th minute to round off the season in style for the Reds.

“We knew it was going to be tough, and we made it even more difficult for ourselves after I don’t know how many seconds. But we played well, second half was outstanding I think. Good to finish up the season on a high,” Van Dijk said.

Reuters

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