Pundit Talks About The Sorry Decline Of Newcastle United

Steven Gerrard was one of the best club players we have ever seen during the 15 seasons he played for Liverpool and he became their captain and with Rafa Benitez in charge, Liverpool won the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul against AC Milan.

Steven is now a BT Sports pundit, and after the game yesterday at Anfield, he summed up the (sorry) plight at Newcastle quite brilliantly.

Not for the first time, he said Newcastle have a Championship club with a Premier League class manager in Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle were only in this game yesterday with a chance until Salah scored after 40 minutes.

And the second goal from Mane early in the second half was it, and Newcastle never looked like getting back into the game.

Rafa Benitez – at Anfield yesterday

The class that Liverpool have in their team was too simply much for Newcastle yesterday.

This is how Steven summed up Newcastle and how we have dropped down the ladder of football after being one of the best teams in England under Kevin Keegan and then Sir Bobby Robson:

“It’s the gulf between your Manchester Citys, your Liverpools, and Newcastle.”

“Years ago, you played Newcastle here – the 4-3 games and all the battles Liverpool had – and it was a lot closer than that.”

“You can see now in the Premier League the top four sides are going so far ahead of the middle sides and the teams at the bottom.”

“The likes of Rafa Benitez has got no choice but to set up a low block because if they go toe-to-toe with Liverpool it’s a mismatch.”

“I don’t think Rafa will be that disappointed because he would have known it was a big ask to come here and win.”

“It was not a fixture he’d have said he’d have to get something from. It’s the next couple – against Southampton and Huddersfield – that will define whether Newcastle stay up or go down.

And it will be Rafa Benitez who keeps Newcastle up, because he is capable of setting a team up that organized that can get results.”

“They’d be bottom without him – yes – and they are a Championship team with a Premier League manager.”

We have to hope that Newcastle can come back with a win against Southampton next Saturday, but it’s a win we need – only the Saints will be happy with a draw.

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3 comments so far

  • posada

    Mar 4, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    We are not a Championship side in the Prem.

    We are a bottom half Prem team trying to play without a centre forward.

    Question though. Does Rafa know what he wants from a centre forward.
    He’s had two years to get the right one or two would be even better.

  • Harley

    Mar 4, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Yesterday’s game was hard to watch again. But over the last weeks Liverpool have put 4 past Man City and West Ham, 5 past Porto, 3 past West Brom and Huddersfield as well as beating almost everyone they’ve come up against.
    No need for any hysteria yet. We have to beat Southampton and Huddersfield next. Those games will determine where we end up, not the Liverpool one.
    I have an awful feeling that Bournemouth result will come back to haunt us. I feel that had a huge impact on morale.

  • Geordie-john

    Mar 4, 2018 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Rafa does what and who he wants as a centre forward / striker for NUFC but it’s the greedy bugger holding the purse strings. Can you not see that ? How many times throughout the last transfer window were NUFC linked with this one and that one only to find that the likes of Everton jumped in with a decent offer and stole the player while Greedy boy Ashley was still trying to play hard ball about the price.
    Back in the day when Kevin or Sir Bobby were in charge then Freddy and Sir John used to go all out to give them the players that they wanted and most of the time it paid off and we were flying high as we should be now, But the big difference is money. No money, No players, No success !


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