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Salah scores, sustains head injury as Liverpool secure late 3-2 win over Newcastle

Reuters , Ahram Online , Saturday 4 May 2019
Mohamed Salah injured
Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah reacts as he is placed on a stretcher after injuring himself in a challenge with Newcastle United's Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka (not pictured) during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on May 4, 2019. (Photo: AFP)
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Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah netted his 22nd goal of the season and was stretchered off with a head injury as Liverpool secured a late 3-2 victory over Newcastle to keep their title bid alive on Saturday.  

An 86th minute header from substitute Divock Origi gave the Reds a precious victory in the penultimate game of the season.

The result leaves Liverpool with a two-point advantage over Manchester City but Pep Guardiola's team have two games remaining, including Monday's home match with Leicester City, while Liverpool have just one.

Virgil Van Dijk headed Liverpool in front in the 13th minute, but seven minutes later Newcastle drew level through Christian Atsu.

Liverpool restored their lead in the 28th minute when Daniel Sturridge, starting in place of the injured Roberto Firmino, back-heeled the ball from the corner to Trent Alexander-Arnold and the full-back's cross was expertly turned in by Mohamed Salah.

Newcastle were in no mood to roll over though and nine minutes after the break they drew level when Liverpool failed to clear a corner and Salomon Rondon's brilliant fierce left foot drive beat the helpless Alisson Becker to make it 2-2.

But with Salah carried off on a stretcher with a head injury and Juergen Klopp's side facing a massive blow to their title hopes, Origi rose at the near post to head in a Xherdan Shaqiri free-kick. 

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