After 20 wins and 2 draws in their opening 22 Premier League matches, Manchester City are at last beaten.

A dramatic match at Anfield saw Liverpool win a thrilling game 4-3 (remember them…?).

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Liverpool a ninth minute lead, only for Leroy Sane to equalise for Manchester City five minutes before half-time.

No further goals until Firmino, initiated a dramatic period of three Liverpool goals in nine minutes without reply, midway through the second-half, Mane and Salah with the third and fourth.

Manchester City wouldn’t lie down though and Bernardo Silva gave them faint hope when reducing the deficit to two goals in the 84th minute, before Gundongan gave them real hope when making it 4-3 in the first minute of injury time. There was still time for Aguero to put a header narrowly wide before the final whistle.

The answer is now obvious for Rafa Benitez ahead of next Saturday’s visit to the Etihad.

Rather than park the bus once again, the Newcastle boss simply has to go out and break Newcastle United’s transfer record five times in the next few days.

Plucky minnows Liverpool having achieved the 4-3 win with a front five of…

£37m Firmino

£34m Oxlade-Chamberlain

£38m Salah

£37m Mane

£25m Wijnaldum

Four of those players just happening to be the goalscorers today.

Clearly there can be no excuses for Rafa Benitez this time.

He has been shown the way to take the game to Manchester City and beat them, so he simply needs to replicate what he watched today…

(***Next week we will be showing you how to build a spaceship using an empty cornflakes box, a handful of rubber bands, a balloon, two carrots and a vivid imagination)

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  • Paul Patterson

    Good game. Well done Liverpool. Sadly we are still at least £200m behind Liverpool..

    • FatParosite

      & the rest…

      • Mitros gotta start

        And a manager that is prepared to give it a go…..we wont even try and win against swansea at home….park the bus and hang on for a draw benitez

        • Paul Patterson

          Give over you berk. We don’t have Liverpools quality.

          • Mitros gotta start

            I am talking about swansea yesterday….he wasnt even prepared to have a go against them at home…..man city are gonna rip us apart

          • Paul Patterson

            Different levels.

          • anyobrien

            Had chances but poor quality championship players could not take them… We’re you at the game we should of been out of site half time.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Wasnt there but watched it live….you must admit Rafa is a negative manager though…..would rather hang on for a point than go for all 3 against poor opposition…..negative subs and poor team selection are his trademarks

          • anyobrien

            100%…negative but with the right players it works he has won something every where he goes because he has had quality, but here he does not and won’t have until fatty dies

          • anyobrien

            PS his sub scored yesterday

        • kingfisher

          👍👍👍👍

        • anyobrien

          Aye the one nil defeat against City maybe the difference when it boils down to goal difference… Oh BTW.. Rafa out.

  • FatParosite

    I was just going to pile in with a comment until I noticed the huge chunk of sarcasm in the middle.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Great,someone’s going to get it after that,pity the poor team they play next,wait a minute……….NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…….

    • Jezza

      You’ll need a bleeding calculator the keep track of the score.

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂😂😂

        • Big Al 1967

          BT have drafted in some new commentators for the game. Step forward Ian Botham David Gower and Geoff Boycott!!

          • Peaky Magpie

            There’s the solution Big Al.We could retire hurt,ask them to politely declare at half time or hope the heavens open and rain stops play…….

      • kingfisher

        Need a calculator,do you honestly think we’ll score that many?I know City are on the slide now, but really?🤣🤣🤣

        • Leicester Mag

          Ashley refused to pay for a calculator when he managed to get an abacus on loan

          • Rich Lawson

            The abacus expired this window,so it’s back to pencil and paper (no sharpener tho’)

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Or Clarko

        • 1957

          Even Clarko might struggle next Saturday night, records could tumble

  • East Durham Mag

    Liverpool plucky minnows? Are you serious Ryan?

    • GeordieZebra

      It’s clearly tongue in cheek, and meant to be a joke!!

    • anyobrien

      He’s taking the pizza ffs

      • East Durham Mag

        Must have read it wrong thanks ever so much.

  • jack

    In the keegan era no doubt ,,I’ve supported Newcastle for not far short of sixty years and it’s the worst I’ve seen them , even in the bad old days of mckeag and Westwood there was more happiness , and we give it a go especially at home .This is my prediction of things under Ashley because I just don’t think he’s going to sell , not until he’s milked every penny and took away our identity .No money will be spent in January , we’ll be relegated and Rafa will resign at the end of season , in which time Ashley will pocket the premiere league payment , the parachute payment and most of the present squad will be sold for as much as he can get leaving youngsters to start life in championship , there will be no manager touch us with a barge pole , and just before the championship gets underway he’ll sell us to a venkys style owner who will continue milking us of the rest ,I can see no good news for us , Rafa is not beyond criticism either , because his team selection and tactics are baffling at times , his dislike of certain players is embarrassing at times , especially when he keeps picking the same old dross , Gayle and Joselu couldn’t hit a barn door , Perez although he promised much is a squad player at best , Manquillo the same , and I don’t have words to describe Diame , even Luque was better .Rafa should have built his team around MBemba and Mitrovich or at least given them a run , it’s unforgivable that they haven’t had a run of games in team , and our home for is pitiful , to only play one up front is a joke ,

    • anyobrien

      Agree with some but not as bad as Westwood and mckeag they were dark dark days

      • jack

        I honestly think Ashley is worse , unless I’ve mellowed a bit .Although I laugh about that era when we needed a striker and everyone threw pennies onto the pitch , they signed Wyn Davies and threw pennies back next game lol

        • anyobrien

          Wish we had wyn the leap now he’d cause havoc

          • jack

            Yeah different class to what we have now

          • anyobrien

            Would of buried that header yesterday

          • Rich Lawson

            All of them,best header of a ball I’ve seen bar none.

          • anyobrien

            Sir les and big Al come close…. Makes you think look at what we had to this lot now it’s a crime.

          • Rich Lawson

            Your right,the fact that we have so many people who can deliver a decent cross and nobody to bury it is a shocking inditement of the current forward options.

          • Viru leckworth

            You mean Would have buried that header!

        • Rich Lawson

          He cost £70,000 tho’.

      • 1957

        There were dark days yes but also the one real high of my supporting NUFC in 1969.

        At least to Westwood and McKeag it was all about the kudos of being Chairman/Director of a football club and the influence and contacts that provided inside and outside of football rather than making money for themselves.

        • Rich Lawson

          Went to every home game in ’69 inc’ Fairs Cup.Brilliant,and back then I thought we had a chance of beating anyone.

      • Geordiegiants

        Aye, but at least it was right laugh going to the match in-those days. Now it’s like going to a library.

    • 1957

      I’ve been going to games since 66/67 and would agree with most of what you say. In one way or another the club has been a cash cow and milked since the days of Shepherd and Hall and Staveley’s group would more than likely to do the same.

      It’s my belief, and was last year, that Benitez isn’t making the best of the resources he has available. We should have won the Championship comfortably and his lack of ambition at home is costing us. To me surrendering possession and playing on the break against the Brighton’s and Swansea’s at SJP is unforgivable.

      • jack

        I totally agree with you , I lived in the Liverpool due to work when Rafa was manager and a lot of Liverpool supporters said the same

      • Jezza

        I disagree. We weren’t even the best team in the Championship last season, not by a long way. Brighton, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday all looked better than us. It is purely down the Rafa that we won the league.

        Just because we won the Championship comfortably last time it doesn’t mean we should have automatically done so again. No disrespect to Chris Hughton, who was a great manager for us but the team we won promotion with in 09/10 was far stronger. Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan that season were miles better than any players we have got now and Peter Lovenkrands was also head and shoulders above any striker we have got now.

        • Peaky Magpie

          At times last season Fulham were outstanding but inconsistent and with regards to 09/10 team Shola was also better than our current bunch of “strikers”.

          • gallowgate26

            Good point, I’d play Shola or Lovenkrands ahead of any forward we’ve got now. I’d play Antoine Sibierski ahead of Gayle & Joselu.

          • kingfisher

            Peter Beardsley may be looking for a job shortly.Bring him on as supersub 🤣🤣🤣

        • Danimal

          I watched Villa yesterday on tv, with £12m Hogan, £12m Mccormack and £12m Kodjia. We had £10m Gayle, he missed the entire second half of the season and we still won the league with journeymen like Darrell Murphy. Rafa did pretty well I think.

          • NUFCDan

            Look at Boros spend on Asambalonga and Braithwaite this summer. £27m+ and their hardly ripping the league up.

        • 1957

          Considering we outspent anyone else in the Championship and Benitez filled the squad with his choices if I accept your argument that we weren’t the best team in the Championship a major reason for that was Benitez poor transfer dealings going for quantity over quality.

          So perhaps he did do well after handicapping himself, spending money on the SloMo’s, Hanley’s, Lazaar’s and Sels of this world.

          • Jezza

            I’m getting sick and tired of this fallacy.

            WE DID NOT OUTSPEND ANYBODY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

            WE HAD A NET SPEND OF MINUS £40 MILLION.

            WE WERE THE LOWEST SPENDERS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

            THE ENTIRE CHAMPIONSHIP OUTSPENT US.

          • 1957

            The fact you end up up with a surplus, doesn’t mean you haven’t paid more on the goods you’ve bought. If you buy a £20k car and your neighbours buys a £10k one, you’ve still spent more than them even if you started with £30k in the bank and they had nothing.

            Should Ashley have reinvested the surplus, absolutely, but the notion the rest of the Championship spent more than us on players isn’t true.

          • Jezza

            You just don’t get it do you. No other club in the Championship had to sell £90 million worth of playing talent that season. The two teams that went down with us, Norwich and Aston Villa both kept far more of their Premiership players than we did. None of our promotion rivals lost anything like as many of their best players before the season as we did. If we had spent nothing, bought nobody but kept the likes of Townsend, Wijnaldum, Janmaat and Sissoko we would have had a much stronger team that season.

            If your house got flooded and you lost £9,000 worth of valuable posessions and the insurance company gave you cheque for £5,000 to replace those possessions would you consider that a good deal? Would you be perfectly happy thinking “great, that’s five grand I hadn’t got before”?

          • 1957

            I clearly don’t. We had four players who wanted to leave and netted us around £90m, Benitez was allowed to spend £50m of it and bought 10 players of his choice with it. So we ended up with 6 more players and Ashley banked £40m. Although we made a profit on transfer dealings we still paid out £50m in fees for players, I don’t think any other team did

            Should Ashley have allowed the surplus to be reinvested, yes…but at the same time Benitez had the option of spending the funds available on a better quality player but went for quantity instead.

            It’s something we’ll never agree on except I suggest Ashley should have invested that surplus but never will.

          • Jezza

            Can’t see you see that if you sell £90 million of Premiership players and only re-invest £50 million that the team is significantly weaker as a result? No other team in the Championship was as weakened as ours was in the run up to that season. No other team in the Championship had to undergo the net loss of £40 million worth of playing talent. No other team had to lose so many of their best players as a starting point to their team building for that season.

            Yes, no other team paid out £50 million in fees but no other team lost £90 million worth of playing talent either. Can’t you see that?

            Rafa did not get £50 million to spend on improving the squad, he got £50 million to try and replace £90 million worth of quality and with a much lower wage budget too.

    • gallowgate26

      I think what I’ll remember most of the Ashley years is the sheer lack of ambition. Most people will probably accept that pre-Ashley, we would regularly be beaten by the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, but we would give them a game and the odd scare. Maybe even draw or win against them every few years. Now it’s like we accept/expect to get beat in those games before a ball has even been kicked. Under Ashley I don’t think we’ve got past the 4th round in the FA cup ever! Or have a go in the league cup. Getting to the knockout stages of the Europa League is the most he’s done in a decade of ownership. (I say this but I would not be surprised if Ashley is still the owner in two or three years time)

      • Jezza

        If there’s one thing above all others that emphasises the sheer lack of ambition under the Fat Ashley regime it is the chronic lack of spending in the transfer market. We have broken our incoming transfer fee record God knows how many times since he took over but we have never even come close to spending a record fee during his ten and a half years here. I haven’t looked at any figures but when you consider the exponential increase in transfer fees in that time as well as the colossal increase in the ammount of television money coming into the game, NUFC must surely be the only club in the top two divisions and possibly the whole football league not to have made a record signing in the past few years.

    • hetonmag

      Oh my god this is the worst team you’ve seen I to have been a supporter for nearly sixty years, what about the Bill McGarry, Richard Donnis era good heavens it was fire man. But there you go says it all when you want to build a team around Mbemba(Lascelles is twice the player) Mitrovic who no one is rushing to buy.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Building Spaceships is Clarko`s department

    • Geordiegiants

      No MMM don’t be so disrespectful, flying them Clarko is department.

      • Clarko

        “flying them Clarko is department”

        We know that English isn’t your department.

        • Geordiegiants

          Is that it? From the Great Clarko Ron Hubbard.

          • Clarko

            “flying them Clarko is department”

          • Geordiegiants

            Well said L Ron

  • gallowgate26

    Those poor City fans, my heart bleeds for them… get the chequebook out Pepe!

    • Paul Patterson

      Another 100m spent in January . . .

      • Jezza

        I think they’ll spend more than £100 million. I can’t see them going through the whole window signing one full back.

        • Peaky Magpie

          👍 Very good

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    >10% possession next week?

  • Roland

    I think we’re as good as we can be away from home. My issue is we set up the same way AT home as well. Note to Editor – do a piece pleading with Rafa to change the home tactics! Swansea gave the ball away for fun, if we’d actually pressed higher up the field – like a HOME side should – we could have got the additional dozen chances to allow us to actually score.

    Rafa – disciplined, solid, great for counter attacking, decent away. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD CHANGE YOUR TACTICS WHEN AT HOME!!!

    • Down Under Mag

      I just don’t know if he has the players at his disposal to play out an dout attacking football. It’s easy to play that way when you have an expensive forward line who are good at what they do.

      Having said that, against Swansea all that was missing was the finishing. We created enough chances that we could have been out of sight by half time. The issue isn’t the tactics, it’s the likes of Gayle and Perez who just aren’t clinical enough and the likes of Shelvey and Ritchie who seem to view set pieces as a chance to hit the opposition or the stands rather than deliver to dangerous areas…

    • Danimal

      We played a very attacking line up and created ample chances. We were not good enough to make them count. We ended up with a decent point rather than a desperate defeat.

    • thewildchimp

      I learned to embrace away games last season. Had that awful feeling in the guts every time we played home.

  • StevieB

    I don’t recall a Mo Salah or Rob Firmino or a Sadio Mane playing at St James in that game 🤔, just the slight advantage of a 200 million pound strike force was the difference why Liverpool played like that today and we didn’t last week against city. Come on 🙄

    • Dillon Tovak

      Sarcasm radar on the blink?

  • thewildchimp

    Well, we only need them to gift us 2 or 3 goals, lose possession regularly, not be able to connect any long balls and miss 2 yd. sitters.
    However, that’s easy.
    I’m more baffled on how to make our attackers score empty nets…

    Anyway, if they had 5-10 more minutes, they’d equalise. Under the same circumstances, we’d need perhaps 2 hours and machine guns.

  • rafa the gaffa

    haha..finally someone gets it…some fans were saying this on a serious note…I was thinking am I the only one who can see that the only way to get anything against city is to be organized defensively

    • MadMag83

      What got me was the fans giving Joselu grief on Twitter for saying the draw against Swansea was a good result. Given our plight no it’s not a good result but we were poor second half and a goal down before his equaliser, so in the context of the game, it wasn’t​ a bad result.

      I don’t understand why some fans think giving players grief on Twitter is going to motivate them.

      • thewildchimp

        Starting with the manager and his “we’d score more goals if we had a 25m striker” interviews.

        • MadMag83

          Carr nearly had us pay £20m for Berahino. The lad doesn’t even know what day his team are playing.