Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0: Brendan Rodgers tips twists in top-four race

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers refuses to rule out a top-four finish after a comfortable win against Newcastle

Brendan Rodgers offered Liverpool hope in the race for a top-four finish after the Reds beat 10-man Newcastle United at Anfield.

Arsenal target Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock in the first half with a fine individual strike and Joe Allen scored his first goal on Merseyside to seal three points before Moussa Sissoko received a late red card.

Joe Allen is very much an unsung player for us. He does a lot of the dirty work for us

Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool moved to within four points of fourth-placed Manchester City after their comfortable win against the Magpies, and Reds manager Rodgers tipped a couple of surprise results in the top-four race before the end of the season.

Rodgers told Sky Sports: “Manchester City have maybe opened up the door a wee bit and if we keep winning our games we will see what will happen but I am sure that there will be plenty of twists and turns to come still.”

Rodgers was quick to praise Allen for the midfielder’s performance against Newcastle, which he capped with an instinctive finish past Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul in the second half.

“Joe Allen is very much an unsung player for us. He does a lot of the dirty work for us, pressing the ball excellently and great in possession,” Rodgers added.

The Reds manager signed Allen in a £15m deal from his former club Swansea City in a £15m deal in 2012.

Liverpool face Aston Villa in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

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