Miles Starforth's Newcastle United player ratings: Salomon Rondon 'superb' but who else shone in Liverpool clash?

Newcastle United pushed title-chasing Liverpool all the way on Saturday night - but stood out for Rafa Benitez's side?

By Joe Nicholson
Sunday, 05 May, 2019, 09:48
Salomon Rondon impressed against Liverpool.

The Magpies twice came from behind to draw level with the Reds, before Divock Origi's late header sent Jurgen Klopp's men back to the top of the Premier League table. Our Newcastle writer Miles Starforth has dished out his player ratings following the game at St James's Park - scroll down to see how each player performed.

Let down by his defence in the first half, when Salah and van Dijk were left unmarked 6
Tried to get forward against his old club, but often pegged back. 6
Had a difficult first 45 minutes, better after the break before his late withdrawal. 6
Had a difficult first 45 minutes after being recalled to the starting XI following a bout of illness. 6
Defended well on a challenging night for United's back five. 7
Involved in United's first goal and again showed, with his energy and enthusiasm, why he's so important to this team. 7

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Passed a fitness test after injuring his hip a week earlier, struck the woodwork in the first half. 6
Steadied United during the first half when Liverpool were on top, kept things simple. 7
Put in a combative performance on what could well be his last appearance at St James's Park as a Newcastle player. 7
Levelled with his first goal since December 2017, drove United on at times. 7
Led the line superbly against van Dijk and scored a stunning goal, needed back at St James's Park next season. 8
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