Reading through these comments from Liverpool fans after Newcastle United beat Man Utd, there are a number of things that jump out at you.

There is of course the obvious…wanting Manchester United to get beat, wanting Rafa to do well, it being a good result for Liverpool as they fight to finish top four.

However, there are also other less obvious stand out themes, such as a genuine affection for Newcastle from some, the awareness of the problems Newcastle supporters face – especially with Mike Ashley, more than anything though is the depth of knowledge and interest in how NUFC are playing – the weaknesses/strengths etc.

I think it is clear that for many Liverpool fans, their respect and admiration for Rafa Benitez leads them to take a very active interest in how he is approaching the challenge at Newcastle this season, battling against the odds/Mike Ashley.

Some really interesting analysis on our team, especially Diame and Shelvey, as well as other positions.

Enjoy.

Liverpool fans comment via their top Red and White Kop message board:

‘Stood there in Yates, waiting to sort out a friend a spare for Southampton away as the ball hit the net after a brilliant move and was loving it.

Obviously all I care about is the Liverpool result, but as I left to pick up the spare with 5 minutes to go, seeing that smirk come across Rafa’s face is unbeatable.

I f…… love that man.’

‘Great win for the Mags, nice for our Rafa to get one over on them and grab 3 needed points.

Would still like Shelvey in our midfield’

‘Would love him in our midfield, can see exactly how Rafa saw him as a replacement for Gerrard.’

‘He’s nowhere near consistent enough. He had a top game today but they’re few and far between.’

‘In the Arabic stream, Jonjo looked slow and not bothered. He played a good game, but not outstanding and that ‘keeper was just superb.

Don’t tell me watching in English changes any of that!’

‘Were you watching the right game?

Jonjo was outstanding today, he got MOTM.

Its a shame the lad doesnt play like that or close to it each game as he’d be in a top 6 side easily.’

‘Well in Rafa lad!’

‘Took the mancs twenty mins to sing u Scouse b…..’

‘Took Rafa 90 minutes to shut them up.’

‘As my Geordie mate texted me late in the second half, their side out there were bleeding black and white.

That’s why they’ll stay up.’

‘RAFA’S THE SPECIAL ONE!

Get the f… in there Rafa la, and against billionaire Man United Jose Mourinho no less.

I f…… love you mate. Get the f… in there!’

‘Very classy comments from Mourinho.

Maybe there’s a message there to his own players too but you look at the interaction between the coaches, the comments, it seems like Mourinho and Benitez are on good terms and have been so for a while.  Nice to see.

Shelvey’s fitter and defensively aware these days, if he can consistently combine everything he’s one of the best English midfielders.

The surprise was Diame. Bossed it.’

‘I think that was about as classy as Mourinho can be, but in normal persons terms he wasn’t classy at all.

He basically made out like his side absolutely battered Newcastle, and they were fighting for their lives and camped in their half for 90 minutes.

(Man) United I think had like 60% possession but in terms of chances, it was pretty even.

Newcastle had plenty, should have scored through Shelvey, should have had a penalty, should have had a man advantage.’

‘Outside of Liverpool can’t help but like Newcastle more than any other team in this league, yeah they are a bit mental etc. But they’ve got a t… of an owner and we know what that feels like with the last pair we had.

Also they have Benitez. And I love how much Shelvey hates the mancs.’

‘Diame looked really good, but they’ve got to raise it to that level especially at home against the lesser sides to survive.

The keeper could be a godsend for them. It’s clear they’re lacking some quality in the finishing department, Matt Ritchie scored 12 goals last season but only got his first of the season yesterday so he also needs to kick on from that and Gayle’s only scored 3 goals as well.

A result v Bournemouth next game would be great as they’re coming to Anfield after that one.’

‘If Newcastle did that every week they wouldnt be in a relegation scrap.’

‘I think Benitez is doing a really good job there with one of the division’s weakest squads.

New keeper and Kenedy help, though, and nice to see Shelvey putting in some mature performances.

They still may go down but so might about ten other teams, they are well in the fight.

Just hope the club gets sold and Benitez can get to work on growing them into a top half, Europe challenging side.’

‘Watched the full game (so can actually comment properly for once!), the only time Man Utd put them under a bit of duress was during those last series of corners before the final whistle.

It seems weird saying it when (Man) Utd had a one v one and  two shots cleared off the line, but the rest of the game was comfortably controlled, managed by Newcastle due to their organisation and their players working within their shape.

You can also see that bit of quality in their ballwork Lejeune can bring, Dubravka had a confident debut, the way he claimed crosses is what you want in your keeper, to stop problems before they arise.

Obviously it’s very, very early, the mark of quality is doing it over a period of time but you can see that this is the level to aim for.’

‘I think the next bit of clear upgrading they can do is to do something about the Perez position (relates to Ritchie). Ayoze tries, works hard, puts his body on the line and is critical to their disruption, pressing from the front but watching him make decisions in the final third, shield and work the ball is like watching a guy try to drive in the fast lane for the first time.

It seems looking from the sidelines that moving Ritchie into no10, and playing one of Atsu or Murphy could be an easy temporary solution for them. Ritchie could provide the work Perez does and he also strikes me as a player with a lot more awareness and passing ability for that position.

Ritchie doesn’t have the pace to be a top winger, but in the no 10 role you don’t need to be a sprinter anyway, it all comes down to the brain, shielding, and passing ability and a little bit of agility.

Ritchie’s better at the first three than Perez, easily imo. With Slimani coming in he’ll be the option for the aerial passes, so it seems a lot more balanced than watching Perez learn on the job.’

‘Shelvey, despite his limitations, was great, as were Lascelles, the other CB, and the keeper. They actually kept and recycled the ball under pressure after taking the lead yesterday, which was great under some considerable pressure.

Newcastle’s attacking on the counter is f…… atrocious though. The quality of the runs and the passing is not good at all.

Mourinho tried to paint them as lucky – as well as deserving. I didn’t think luck played too much of a factor in that game.’

‘It was a really cool game to watch, not just because Liverpool benefit from the result.

All you can ever ask of anybody is that they do their best and give their all, and Rafa had his players doing that yesterday. They lack a lot of quality, but they don’t lack spirit.

The Geordie fans were absolutely loving watching their team run through brick walls to try and deliver the result, and they did their part by creating a great atmosphere.

One of the best things in football for me is when the fans of a weaker team are on the same page as the players and really get behind them and help them get the result, so yeah, yesterday I found really enjoyable. And I’m sure Rafa’s gonna keep them up.’

‘Delighted for Rafa. Keeping them up will be a massive achievement.’

‘Pretty much wherever Rafa goes will end up being the ‘second team’ for most Liverpool fans  :)

But Newcastle tick all the boxes for the sort of team we’d all love to pull away from danger anyway.

And said it before but I think Rafa is my favourite person ever in football for what he did for this club and city.

Can’t fathom any Liverpool fan who doesn’t recognise that.’



  • Andy Mac

    “Dubravka had a confident debut, the way he claimed crosses is what you want in your keeper, to stop problems before they arise” I’ve said it before but Darlow needs to add that to his game.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Liverpool fans commenting on a team now managed by one of their old bosses….decent comments,fair play to them….so do I start with Everton or better still WBA ??? Get ready Disqus with that red pending button you’re going to need it…..Fat Sham Hippo Heed & Pardew are both…………

    • Rich Lawson

      wonderful men who gave their all for the club ? Ha,ha,I’ll still have that pint if it’s on offer tho’,you still snowed in ?

      • Peaky Magpie

        Snow gone but bloody freezing…

  • Alex

    Like the point that the Liverpool fan makes about Ritchie trying the no. 10 role. With our other wing options, I’ve been saying that for ages, and he’d be miles better than Perez.

  • TheFatController

    When you’ve got a manager who was yours, got the takin values, had success, stood up to owners and got booted out unnecessarily, you’re always going to have good will.

    Imagine Brighton playing that lot down the road? We’d all be buying Hughton a pint !

  • GToon

    The Liverpool fans are perhaps the most knowledgeable of opposing fans I have come across. I’ll also never forget the applause they gave Jonas when he came on as sub. Top team with top fans. Good luck to them.

  • paul mclaughlan

    Been to Liverpool more than any other city. Always found Scousers absolutely spot on. Still hope we stick it up them though.

  • Michael Lisle

    As a Geordie living on Merseyside I can tell you that Reds’ fans hatred of Man U. is on a par or even worse than local Derby rivalries and yes they still love Rafa. On Sunday night in the pub they were annoyed that they didnt sign our new keeper as they don,t rate either of theirs

  • Scott Robinson

    Liverpool fans always appear to be fair and knowledgeable when commenting on us and often more eloquent and astute than many of our own fans as Alex notes below! Think how we respect the late Sir Bobby Robson and more so because he was a fellow Geordie. Then consider how we respect Rafa because he is a football legend. Then consider another Geordie ‘Bob Paisley’ and think that he amazingly won 6 championships and 3 European cups with Liverpool. The genial Geordie and softly spoken voice that the older generation of Liverpool fans remember with great affection as a legend. There lies one of the reasons that Liverpool fans like us Geordies! We have had our fair share of scouse voices from Terry Mac to Quinn etc. so do have some affinity when you also remember Ray Kennedy from Seaton Sluice and former players like Alan Kennedy and Peter Beardsley doing so well with Liverpool.

    There are too many similarities between the scousers and us to detail … just spend a day in Liverpool or get in a taxi from the station and you’ll find they love Geordies.

    When they were top dog their fans were a lot different to Citeh, Chelski and Man U. Imagine winning just one of the trophies that they have won since the 70’s. Where did it all go wrong …?

    • Rich Lawson

      Good comment about Paisley,hardly gets a mention these days,but surely the most underated manager in English football ? Not a flash bstd or that media friendly but what a job he did,especially after following Shankly.

  • Cockneytrev

    Quality points made off the Liverpool fans, who get what we are having to put up with,,

  • Stephen Paylor

    Always will be a bond, same people really us and them and the mutual hate of manure of course helps. Keegan, paisley, Terry mac, pedro, kennedy, scallys and charvas, kids dragged up on council estates, single parent family, weekly nash appointments, funny accents etc we have lots in common.

  • Wor Lass

    They are very fair and knowledgeable comments (carefully selected, no doubt). I think it`s really funny, though, how a few compliments and understanding posts can make people on here suddenly stop referring to scousers as “bin dippers” and “car thieves”.

  • robbersdog

    Liverpool were absolutely brilliant last night; when that team get it right, they can blow any opposition out of the water.

    Klopp’s reign at Liverpool reminds me of Keegan’s first stint as our manager, ie, rock n’ roll football which is very easy on the eye, but not pragmatic enough to win the big prizes.

  • Albert Stubbins

    They know their footie down there that’s for certain. Perfect description of Perez looking like he’s in the fast lane for the first time when he’s in final third!!? Plus they love Rafa probably more than us. That could change in the near future with a bit of luck.

  • Paul Busby

    I was working in Anfield when they refurbed some of the bits for LFC TV and spent a lot of time with the scousers that work in the stadium off-season. Was one of the best jobs I’ve done, aside from the one jobs-worth woman in the centenary stand (now the Dalgliesh stand I think) that always got on our back over the slightest provocation. Was just a few months of non-stop footie talk.