An off-key Liverpool was frustrated for a second successive game by struggling opponent as it was held to a 0-0 Premier League draw at Newcastle United on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side had the chance to open up a five-point lead at the top of the table, but a combination of wastefulness and Newcastle’s valiant rearguard kept it at bay.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were all guilty of poor finishing for the champion while Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow produced a couple of fine saves.

Liverpool was held 1-1 by second-bottom West Bromwich Albion on Sunday and also drew with struggling Fulham earlier this month.

Klopp’s team leads the table going into the New Year with 33 points from 16 games, but second-placed Manchester United is only three points behind with a match in hand.

“You might not think I have to tip my hat to my team but I like the performance,” Klopp said….

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