Alan Shearer had no doubts about what he had watched on Saturday teatime.

Martin Dubravka made the best save of the day when plucking Mohamed Diame’s shot out of the top corner.

That save preventing Newcastle making it 1-1 before half-time.

At the other end of the pitch, the stats tell you that Liverpool had only three shots on target.

They also say that Newcastle had two, though the other one on top of Diame’s was from way way out from Lejeune.

The reality though is what your eyes tell you and Alan Shearer says that this was ‘As comfortable’ a victory for the scousers ‘as you are ever going to see’.

It was in reality attack against defence and pretty much what most Newcastle fans expected.

Alan Shearer post-match reaction after Newcastle match at Anfield:

“As comfortable a 3 points for Liverpool  as you’re ever going to see!”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0


Liverpool: Salah 40, Sane 55

Possession was Liverpool 71% Newcastle 29%

Total shots were  Liverpool 14 Newcastle 7

Shots on target were Liverpool 3 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Liverpool 8 Newcastle 3

Referee: Graham Scott

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Murphy (Perez 84), Diame, Merino (Hayden 73), Kenedy, Atsu, Gayle (Joselu 66)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Ritchie

Crowd: 53,287 (Newcastle 3,000)

To read the match ratings for Newcastle players at Anfield go HERE

  • FatParosite

    We are sh17 blah blah…..
    Fans still go….
    same as it ever was…..

    • Arty Hume

      Indeed, therein lies the problem!

  • Leicester Mag

    While this bar steward remains hope is a pipe dream. This is not the club I fell in love with. We are a couple of injuries and Rafa away from the same path as Sunderland and this [email protected] cares not a jot.

    • Steven05

      Me neither. All I have is the hope that out the blue one day we’ll find out the club has changed hands, and then hopefully will be run as a football club

  • Mrkgw

    Hapless performance and the side were devoid of any idea going forward. But, thats what we have come to expect under this so called Rafalution. No investment, shoestring set-up, bland and uninspiring tactics. If thats what fellow supporters crave then what a sorry mess our once proud club has become. How the mighty have fallen. ASHLEY OUT.

  • Our right flank was absolutely anonymous this game. Atsu has completely lost it for me, now looking like a Championship player. Merino was far too deep to make an impact going forward and in all fairness Liverpool barely made any errors at all.
    Our whole gameplan was to pounce on their errors and they just didn’t make any. Murphy had another good game, but I felt Gayle was really isolated at the top without Perez. Many of you may criticize Rafa for subbing off Gayle, but he also had a knock and risking losing him for 3-4 games is even worse than losing this game.
    Karius made a crucial save to keep his team in the match as it would have gone a bit different if Mo Diame’s effort had gone in.
    I think Dubravka could have done better in the first goal as could have Lascelles who left Salah wide open for the pass.
    A disappointing night for us Magpies, but Liverpool are really on form and played like Man City and against teams like that on form we just can’t win without some real luck. Manchester United clearly didn’t click when they played against us, but Liverpool were composed, cool and always looking dangerous.
    Wish we had a couple for 30-40-50m players but we don’t and that’s why we didn’t take anything tonight.
    Southampton and Huddersfield now a must at least 4 points as the relegation battle is heating up.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      4, we need 6

      • I would take 6, but reality is that we can only hope for 4 as those teams won’t be going out to get beaten and our record against both teams isn’t roses at all.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Look no further than the FCB for the woes inflicted upon us in the last decade.
    the lads huff & they puff but the quality isn`t there.
    it won`t change until he`s gone

  • Danimal

    I’ve heard of goalkeepers going up to help the attack for corners in second half injury time but I’m most upset to hear that our own keeper went up into their box in first half injury time to prevent his team mate from equalising. That should be top of Rafa’s to do list on Monday.

  • Big Al 1967

    Sorry but I am going to criticize the great man here.
    Shearer went to Anfield as a manager with a far better team and they put in a far worse performance . This is a Championship side trying to stay in the division through grit and determination. The one thing you can never hold against our current players is the fact they always give 100% for the shirt and Rafa no matter how limited they are. They same cannot be said for Alan when he was manager

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      They both took us down, didn`t they & Rafa had a much better team 2 years ago

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        to be fair though, Shteve left Rafa in a worse spot in the league when he took over and Rafa’s record that first season was much better than Shearer’s.

        • Big Al 1967

          Exactly, and if Penfold and the FCB had jettisoned Schteve earlier when it has blatantly obvious we were going down I would guarantee Rafa would have kept us up if appointed in,say, January instead of March

          • skarabrae

            It was “blatantly obvious” that Schteve was going to take us down when he was appointed!!!

          • Big Al 1967

            Yeah I know. I posted on here on the day the Muppet was given the job that we would be relegated!!

  • kenhawkeye

    Do you mean Karius made the save of the day?

    • Danimal

      I suspect he does.

  • Andy Mac

    Yes it was a toothless performance. Yes Rafa does what he knows best to reduce the goals etc but we’re here scraping away at staying in this division because of Fatman. He hasnt invested like the other promoted teams did both in August and again in January so we end up fighting with one hand and possibly a foot too behind our backs. OK so Rafa isnt the answer but if it wasnt for him then we’d be down now and Fatman would be laughing all the way back to the Home Counties

  • thewildchimp

    Enough with the “Championship squad”. They don’t have the quality to beat the likes of ManC or Pool, but those two teams have 4 loses combined in the league and 2 of these they inflicted on each other. They are class above others. If our side was “Championship quality” – they’d still be in the Championship!

    • Paul Patterson

      Until we guarantee our survival, we still are a Championship squad.

  • Dude

    Keeper is that good he even went up the other end and saved his team mates shot

  • Magpies

    Didn’t read after second paragraph. Good grief.

  • Sanj

    Sane 55???
    I wish Sane was at Liverpool 😂

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    There was a foul on a Newcastle player leading up to the goal then an unlucky deflection which caught the defence out. On a side note worst Police and Stewards at an event since the miners strike in the 1980’s a total disgrace the way our fans were treat. If any Police forces and stewards should know how to treat fans with respect it should be them appalling .

  • Sanj

    I’m only commenting as this post turned up on a Liverpool news page.
    1. Rafa is a good manager who sets up his teams defensive and counter if he feels the opposition is better. He did it when at Liverpool too. Frustrating as hell but usually effective.
    2. No one is too good to go down and yes I have a soft spot for nufc. But a no if credit, he went down with the magpies, bounced back up and trying to stay i the prem.
    3. I don’t know the politics going on (beause I don’t follow you guys)
    But talksport often comment about club ownership at nufc and some numpty not backing Rafa.
    Good luck for the rest of the season!

    • Paul Patterson

      Nicely put. The Newcastle/Liverpool connection goes way back and I hope you give the top 2 a run for their money. You have one fearsome forward line.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Connection? The only connection we have is selling our best players in the 70’s and 80’s

        • Paul Patterson

          McDermott, Keegan, Dalglish, Souness, Owen, Bellamy, Beardsley, Hamann, Carroll, Enrique, Venison, Kennedy, Barnes, Rush, Guthrie, Shelvey?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Selling our best players and usually getting rubbish back. The exceptions being Keegan and Beardsley second coming although Keegan cane from Saints and Beardsley Everton. I’ll give you Vennison had his best days here.

            Without analysis, our relationship with Liverpool is no different to any other large club.

    • John

      You’ll learn sooner or later some geordies think we are owed a favour by the footballing world because we have good support. So rather than blame the managers negative tactics and the players poor attitudes they blame the owner (who has paid off hundreds of millions of club debt and also spent more than most premier league clubs over the last few years).

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    “Martin Dubravka made the best save of the day when plucking Mohamed Diame’s shot out of the top corner.”

    Has Shearer been to the Jezza school of distorted facts too?

  • Mayor Vaughn

    3 wins keeps us up (just) imo.

  • Philippines

    Hmmmmm… we are all of one opinion and one voice. Let’s hope we can survive and look forward to next season. Sad words, but the reality. The fans and most of the players have the drive and the heart to keep the spirit going. HTLs.