Raheem Sterling, Joe Allen provide goals as Liverpool ease by Newcastle
Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen scored as Liverpool kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Newcastle on Monday night.
With striker Daniel Sturridge unavailable following a knock against Blackburn last week, Sterling provided the opener in the ninth minute by skipping through the Newcastle defence and sending a curler into the top corner.
Liverpool controlled most of the game, but Newcastle did have two good chances in the first half.
Referee Lee Mason denied a major penalty shout when Ayoze Perez appeared to be tripped up in the box, and shortly afterward Simon Mignolet was called into action to make a diving save from an Ayoze header just before the break.
Joe Allen pounced on a loose ball in the 70th minute to double Liverpool’s advantage.
The points were sealed when Moussa Sissoko was sent off with a second yellow card in the 83rd minute for a dangerous tackle on Lucas Leiva that could have been given as a straight red.
Liverpool are four points back of Manchester City in fourth with six games to play.