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Newcastle vs Liverpool LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction as Naby Keita nets winner

Newcastle 0-1 Liverpool: Follow reaction as the Reds edge past the Magpies to leapfrog Man City atop the Premier League table

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Naby Keita ensured Liverpool’s quadruple hopes remain very much alive as he fired them to victory at in-form Newcastle to keep up the pressure on Premier League title rivals Manchester City.

Keita’s assured first-half finish was enough to claim a 1-0 win at St James’ Park on a day when Reds manager Jurgen Klopp was able to rest Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah from his startling line-up ahead of Tuesday’s decisive Champions League semi-final trip to Villarreal.

Liverpool might - and probably should - have won more comfortably in front of a boisterous crowd of 52,281 as they held the upper hand for much of a contest which saw the Magpies’ hopes of a fifth successive league win and a seventh on the trot at home wilt in the face of almost constant pressure.

Eddie Howe’s men were never able to build up the kind of head of steam which has eased them clear of the relegation battle, perhaps a reminder of how far they have to go before they can once again compete with English football’s best on a sustained basis.

Follow all the reaction from a crucial Reds win at St James’ Park below:

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Watford 0-0 Burnley

This is the main 3pm kick-off. Watford are effectively already down, but Burnley can move five points clear of Everton with a win at Vicarage Road.

Everton host Chelsea tomorrow.

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3pm kick-offs

We are underway in all of the 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League then. Football, football, football.

  • Aston Villa 0-0 Norwich
  • Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace
  • Watford 0-0 Burnley
  • Wolves 0-0 Brighton
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And here is Jurgen Klopp’s assessment of his side’s display as they move two points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

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James Milner has also reacted to the crucial victory for Liverpool.

Voted Player of the Match for his performance this afternoon, Milner said: “At this stage of the season the points are the most important thing. It was a good performance in spells. We could have controlled it a bit better but they are a good team. It’s a tough place to come and a great place to play football.

“It was always going to be tough but the three points was the most important thing.

“There’s always pressure. When you play for Liverpool you are expected to win every game. The pressure comes from the dressing room and from the manager, making sure we are the highest level. That’s what the training comes in for, days like these.

“They caused us problems and we had to make a few changes. They are a good side with good players and it was a good test for us. Thankfully we were able to keep a clean sheet, which has been so important for us lately. They guys at the back have done a great job.”

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Andy Robertson has given his reaction to Liverpool’s win over Newcastle.

He told BT Sport: “Newcastle worked really hard, they’re in fantastic shape. They’re in the top ten, so we knew it was going to be difficult. Luckily we got the goal and I don’t think they had too many chances after that. We had a few to kill the game off but we’re just happy with the three points.

“Joelinton was causing us a couple of problems early on, but in the second half I thought the lads were excellent against him. They started better than us but then we got a foothold in the game. We got the goal and we got a bit better after that.

“They didn’t have many chances. I thought the two centre-backs and Joe Gomez were different class. We’re blessed we’ve got everyone fit just now - maybe apart from Bobby [Firmino]. We made five changes today, but the lads that are coming in are putting in big performances. We need that between now and the end of the season.”

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Premier League games

Don’t go anywhere, by the way. I will be bringing you live updates from all the 3pm kick-offs and then also the 5.30pm game between Leeds and Manchester City.

Remember, Burnley take on Watford in a huge game at the bottom of the table. The Clarets can move five points clear of Everton with a win.

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That was Liverpool’s 21st Premier League clean sheet this season. No team in the division has more.

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Premier League games

A reminder of the Premier League schedule for the rest of the day.

  • Aston Villa vs Norwich (3pm)
  • Southampton vs Crystal Palace (3pm)
  • Watford vs Burnley (3pm)
  • Wolves vs Brighton (3pm)
  • Leeds vs Manchester City (5.30pm)
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Full-time: Newcastle 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool celebrate a vital win in their pursuit of the Premier League title. Over to you Manchester City...

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Full-time: Newcastle 0-1 Liverpool

Well, isn’t that a stat? Liverpool join an elite club in winning at St James’ Park...

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