Jamaal Lascelles says that Newcastle stuck to their game plan on Saturday.
The only problem being of course, that moments of real quality opened up the visitors and Lascelles and his team-mates were punished.
Liverpool scored two goals and the stats say that they only three shots on target, I don’t even remember Dubravka making that other save so guessing it wasn’t a worldie.
At the other end Newcastle had two efforts on target and one of them did produce a stunning save from Karius in the home goal.
The finishing from Salah and Mane was absolutely clinical and their quality isn’t exactly a secret, with the scousers having scored well over 100 goals now in all competitions.
Liverpool paid more for one of their defenders than Newcastle’s whole team cost, that was the reality.
However, Jamaal Lascelles says there is no reason to feel down and that Newcastle can give everybody a game in the right circumstances: ‘I don’t think we should be scared of anyone – we beat Man Utd the other week, it’s just about whoever turns up on the day in football.’
This season, no manager has been better than Rafa Benitez in getting results against relegation rivals and it is these next two matches against Southampton and Huddersfield that are key.
As Jamaal Lascelles says, we all simply have to ‘go again’ on Saturday, with three points which would go a long way to ensuring safety.
“We knew it was going to be tough going to Anfield and we stuck to our game plan, but unfortunately, they opened us up and scored the first (goal after 40 minutes).
“At half-time we thought we’d come in and refresh, listen to the manager, who told us to stay in the game as long as possible and try to put more pressure on them at the end.
“But then they scored again (10 minutes into the second-half) and up against a team like this, it becomes really difficult because they have world class players.
“Our tactics were to try and stay in the game as long as possible and try to get into the second half, then when their fans start getting on them we would go for it.
“But they kind of ruined our game plan by scoring, and then a team like them, with that style of play, it’s really difficult to get back into it.
“Credit to the boys as they kept running until right until the end, they put in a shift, and we will look at what we did wrong and how we can correct it this week.
“We’ll try to take the positives too and go again against Southampton.
“We played against them up at St James Park and managed to get a good result then, that was with Coutinho at the time.
“Liverpool’s are probably up there with the best front threes in Europe.
“They are all world class players and I thought during the first 40 minutes we did well against them.
“I don’t think we should be scared of anyone – we beat Man Utd the other week, it’s just about whoever turns up on the day in football.”