Liverpool have moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League standings after beating Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield on Boxing Day.
The visitors were made to pay for that miss as first of all Xherdan Shaqiri flashed a Sadio Mane cross wide of the target, before the Reds then opened the scoring in emphatic fashion as Dejan Lovren sent a crisp half-volley into the roof of the net after latching onto a poor headed clearance from Jamaal Lascelles.
Liverpool continued to dominate for the rest of the half but they didn’t create too much other than a Sadio Mane half opportunity and a Shaqiri deflected free kick that was tipped over the crossbar by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
However, less than two minutes into the second period and the Reds won a penalty when Mohamed Salah was fouled in the area by Paul Dummett.
Salah, himself, took the spot-kick and clinically sent the ball beyond the outstretched dive of Dubravka.
Liverpool continued to dominate after that, with Newcastle preferring to adopt a damage limitation approach.
The Magpies were made to pay for that, however, as on 79 minutes, Shaqiri tapped home from close range to make it 3-0 after a low cross into the box from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Substitute Fabinho then added some extra gloss to the scoreline on 85 minutes, heading home Salah’s near post corner, although, on this occasion, the Newcastle defending left a lot to be desired.
Mane and Daniel Sturridge could have added further goals for Liverpool late on, while Newcastle youngster Sean Longstaff was denied a consolation in stoppage time after a good save from the otherwise underworked Alisson.