Liverpool have now won just one of their last seven games as Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle frustrated them in a 1-1 draw on Super Sunday.
In what was being billed as the ‘Benitez Derby’ – played in a unique atmosphere of both sets of fans singing Benitez’s name at St James’ Park – Philippe Coutinho’s stunning opener was cancelled out by Joselu.
After seven games, Jurgen Klopp’s men are already seven points off the two Manchester clubs at the top of the Premier League table, while Benitez remains unbeaten in five matches against his former employers.
It was the visitors that made the early running, with Georginio Wijnaldum striking the post following a corner.
Newcastle: Elliot (7), Clark (7), Lascelles (7), Yedlin (7), Manquillo (6), Shelvey (7), Ritchie (8), Perez (6), Merino (6), Atsu (6), Joselu (6)
Subs: Hayden (6), Gayle (6), Diame (6)
Liverpool: Mignolet (6), Gomez (6), Matip (6), Lovren (6), Moreno (6), Wijnaldum (6), Henderson (6), Coutinho (7), Salah (6), Mane (6), Sturridge (6)
Subs: Solanke (6), Firmino (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6)
Man of the match: Matt Ritchie