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Virgil van Dijk 8, Naby Keita 8; Nabil Bentaleb 5: Newcastle v Liverpool player ratings

Champions take their points tally for season to 99 after convincing 3-1 against the Magpies

Champions Liverpool came from behind to close out their magnificent Premier League season with a 3-1 win at Newcastle United on Sunday.

Liverpool went behind to the fastest goal ever scored against them in the Premier League era as Dwight Gayle latched on to Jonjo Shelvey's quick-thinking free kick and slotted it past Alisson with just 26 seconds on the clock.

With Liverpool having made five changes to the team that started the 5-3 win over Chelsea, it fell to ever-present Virgil van Dijk, to score the equaliser with a towering header seven minutes before half-time.

Belgian forward Divock Origi, who had not scored in the league since bagging a brace against Everton on December 4, put the Reds in front in the 59th minute, cutting in from the left before curling the ball in at the far post.

Liverpool turned the screw by bringing on the attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in the 64th minute, with Mane firing home in the 89th minute to round off the season in style for the Reds.

Liverpool ends the season on 99 points, 18 points ahead of nearest rivals Manchester City, while Newcastle finish 13th on 44 points.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: "The boys played an incredible game, not a perfect game. Like you say in this country a dead rubber.

"I didn't like the goal we conceded but it helped to make clear [what they faced]. We made so many changes after a long time of playing with similar line-ups. It's not fair on their judgement because they need to get used to their game.

"I'm not going to the office for a while. I will be together with my family, that's all I need. Two weeks and a couple of days and we start again."

Updated: July 26, 2020 09:47 PM

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