Alan Shearer has given two main factors that produced the three points for Newcastle on Sunday.
The United legend says that for once Newcastle played as a team and with commitment, whilst Liverpool arrived at St James Park thinking it was going to be a walk in the park.
Shearer thinks Liverpool’s players had clearly taken too much notice of the pre-match consensus, even from Newcastle fans, that it was going to be a comfortable away win.
Mind you, the commitment shown by the Newcastle team was a major surprise to even Alan Shearer and the rest of the United fans.
As he says, how frustrating is it to see the level of energy and team spirit that those in black and white are capable of, then comparing it to what we have seen against Leicester and Palace?
As for Liverpool, obviously the biggest mistake they made was scoring the six against Southampton and thinking they’d cracked it.
Alan Shearer writing in his column for Coral:
‘It has been a while coming but what a result for Newcastle against Liverpool. The players worked so hard and they got what deserved. They were up for it and they were prepared to scrap. They worked as a team.
Ok, they got a bit of luck with the offside decision but when everyone shows the commitment they did against a good side, they deserve a bit of luck and the three points.
The frustrating thing is, they have shown they can do it, earlier in the season against Chelsea and now against an in-form Liverpool side. So there can be no excuses now for performances like those against Leicester or Crystal Palace.
From a Liverpool perspective, I don’t think many people saw that result coming. They should have been full of confidence after the six goals they had scored against Southampton in the Cup.
It looked like Liverpool thought they just had to turn up and they’d win the game, which was great for Newcastle as they took advantage of that. The energy that Liverpool had shown in previous games simply wasn’t there for them.’