40' - GOAL Salah - Newcastle set up to frustrate Liverpool and did a good job of it, but Mo Salah gets his goal after being played in by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the break.
He has now scored as many as the entire Toon team in the current campaign.
Mauricio Pochettino's side are up to third place, but Liverpool can reclaim that position if they avoid defeat against Newcastle at Anfield later on Saturday.
A ricochet in midfield fell to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who fed Salah for the Egypt worldwide to take a sharp touch out of his feet and hit a crisp finish through the legs of Dubravka.
The Egypt international's 32nd goal of the campaign - the same number the Magpies have managed in all competitions this season - was the 26th competitive club match he has scored in, eclipsing the likes of Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani (24) and Barcelona's Lionel Messi (20) in the big five leagues.
Karius made a brilliant save high to his right to palm over a looping Mohamed Diame strike after Mikel Merino's backheel teed up a first-time drive.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that he is determined to add more goals to his game
Substitute Chris Wood scored a header in the 80th minute to give Burnley their first Premier League victory in 12 games with a 2-1 win against 10-man Everton at Turf Moor.
Firmino had the awareness to slip the ball back to Mane, who curled home his fifth goals in his last three games.
Leicester are still winless in their last five league games, dating to January 20.
Liverpool and Newcastle meet Saturday at Anfield with both teams looking to pick up three points as they battle for positioning at both ends of the table.
The Toon have sat back but they will have to come forward in the second half and that could provide more chances for the hosts, who have been far from their best but have the crucial lead.
Despite winning the Champions League with a remarkable fightback in Istanbul, Benitez insists his Liverpool team only reached their peak several years later.
These two sides drew 1-1 when they played earlier this season in another league matchup at Newcastle.
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