Dec 16, 2021
Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1: Reds keep pressure on Man City as Jota, Salah and Alexander-Arnold cancel out Shelvey stunner
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LIVERPOOL came back from behind to beat Newcastle 3-1 to keep the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
The Reds fell behind in the seventh minute after former midfielder Jonjo Shelvey broke the deadlock with a stunning strike from distance.6Former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey broke the deadlock at Anfield with a stunning strike from distanceCredit: AFP 6Portuguese forward Diogo Jota equalised for the Reds against Newcastle in the 21st minuteCredit: Reuters
But Diogo Jota equalised in the 21st minute, despite protests from the Magpies that the goal should have been disallowed.
That is is because two Newcastle players were on the floor in the penalty box after clashing heads, though referee Mike Dean allowed the goal to stand.
Mohamed Salah fired the hosts into the lead four minutes later in what was his 15th top-flight goal of the campaign.
Trent Alexander-Arnold then secured the victory late on with an emphatic effort from 25 yards out.
The result means the Merseyside outfit are now just one point behind the Citizens at the top of the Premier League table.
As for Newcastle, they remain 19th in the table.
More to follow...6Egyptian star Mohamed Salah fired the Merseyside outfit ahead four minutes after Jota's goalCredit: Reuters 6Six-cap England international Shelvey was delighted after banging in his first of the seasonCredit: EPA 6Salah once again starred for Liverpool as they kept the pressure on at the top of the tableCredit: Reuters 6German gaffer Klopp saw his side come back from behind to beat Newcastle on home soilCredit: PA
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Mike Tomlin Called out After Ex-Steelers LB Wins Player of the Month Honors
Dylan Buell/Getty Images Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts from the sideline on November 28, 2021.
On Thursday the NFL announced its Player of the Month awards for September, with former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram III coming home with AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors. This season Ingram is playing for the 3-0 Miami Dolphins, but if things had played out differently last year, he might still be in Pittsburgh.
That explains why many Steelers observers are upset that head coach Mike Tomlin let Ingram get away, including Mark Madden of 105.9 the X in Pittsburgh .
“Tomlin mangled this. Badly,” said Madden.
Tomlin mangled this. Badly. https://t.co/VvyoLOqdUu
— Mark Madden (@MarkMaddenX) September 29, 2022Melvin Ingram Pushed the Steelers to Trade Him
Recall that the Steelers signed Ingram to a one-year contract in July 2021, with the expectation that the three-time Pro Bowler would provide depth behind starting outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith. But the 10-year vet soon became convinced he was “better” than Highsmith and pushed for the Steelers to trade him.
In the end, that’s exactly what happened, as the Steelers traded Ingram to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a 2022 sixth-round draft pick, leaving them to rely on backups Derrek Tuszka and former Cowboys first-round pick Taco Charlton, neither of whom is still with the Steelers. Tomlin later admitted that the Steelers traded Ingram because “Melvin no longer wanted to be here. And for us, we prefer volunteers as opposed to hostages.”
The brunt of Madden’s argument is that Tomlin didn’t need to alienate Ingram by relegating him to a reserve role. He could have been deemed the “starter” at right outside linebacker, with no risk as to losing Highsmith — a 2020 third-round pick who remains under contract through the 2023 season.
“If you’d played Ingram, you’d still have Highsmith. (T.J.) Watt is brittle. You need the equivalent of 3 starters,” argues Madden.
Let’s see if that keeps up. If you’d played Ingram, you’d still have Highsmith. Watt is brittle. You need the equivalent of 3 starters. https://t.co/ACq3neIEQQ
— Mark Madden (@MarkMaddenX) September 29, 2022
Indeed it would be a luxury to have both Highsmith and Ingram, and the Steelers could have afforded to bring back Ingram for another season.
Ingram got player of the month. It’d be better to have both. https://t.co/7pKHkre6y8
— Mark Madden (@MarkMaddenX) September 29, 2022
Recall that Ingram decided not to return to Kansas City this year. Instead he inked a one-year, $5 million contract with the Dolphins, where he made his impact felt from the get-go.
“The Dolphins defense has been outstanding and much of the thanks goes to free-agent pickup Melvin Ingram. Ingram has totaled two sacks, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a pass defended and two fumble recoveries — including a fumble recovery for a score,” notes Grant Gordon, digital content editor for NFL.com.Adding Insult to Injury: Melvin Ingram Beat out Alex Highsmith for AFC DPOM
It’s those stats that are yet another reason why Steelers fans are so upset. One can make a pretty good case that Alex Highsmith has been more impactful than Ingram during the first three weeks of the 2022 regular season. That’s because Highsmith has already recorded 20 tackles (14 solo), including 4.5 sacks, seven quarterback hits, four tackles for loss and a forced fumble, as per Pro Football Reference.
But Highsmith’s efforts get discounted by the fact that the Steelers are off to a 1-2 start, while Ingram’s Dolphins remain undefeated, pending Thursday night’s tilt against the Cincinnati Bengals.