It was difficult enough to find any Newcastle fan who thought the team would/could beat Liverpool, so little wonder that the pundits were only disagreeing on exactly how many goals United would be beaten by.

Michael Owen, Harry Redknapp, Robbie Savage, Mark Lawrenson and many others had Newcastle losing by at least one or two, whilst Paul Merson went for a more extreme 4-0.

Whilst Jamie Redknapp still thought the most likely result was a win for his old team, he did have a very different take on the match and the other possibilities that didn’t involve a Liverpool win.

Redknapp said that whilst Liverpool were in great form, he went on to say that this was the type of fixture where Newcastle ‘seem to produce something’ after everybody has written them off.

He pointed to the results and performances against Chelsea this season and last, though he did miss maybe the most obvious bit of past form, where Newcastle managed a very comfortable 1-0 win over Liverpool in a sub-standard match a year ago.

Warning Newcastle were going to get cut adrift if they didn’t find some form, Jamie Redknapp said that he could see Newcastle causing Liverpool problems if they put in the right performance.

Fair play to him because that is exactly what occurred, Newcastle stopped Liverpool getting going through sheer hard work.

Giving themselves a platform to then go on and win the game.

More of the same please.

This is what Jamie Redknapp said on Sky Sports before the match:

“I just hope from Steve McClaren’s point of view that his players weren’t watching that game (Liverpool beating Southampton 6-1 after making seven changes) on Wednesday night).

“Liverpool are on fire at the minute but this is the sort of game that Newcastle, throughout the last few years, is where we start to write them off and think they can’t get a result – they seem to produce something.

“They did it earlier in the season against Chelsea, they did it last year when they beat Chelsea, and they are capable. It is not like they have got a team of players who can’t perform, they have got a team full of internationals. So if they could muster some kind of performance, they could cause Liverpool problems.

“I think Liverpool will win but surely Newcastle have to improve, or else they are going to get cut adrift with Aston Villa and suddenly six or seven points behind (safety).

“I just look at that Newcastle back four though with Coloccini...they are guaranteed to gift you a couple of goals.

“A good history in this fixture with a lot of goals and I can see this being a good one.”