Newcastle were unable to end Liverpool’s long run without defeat at Anfield in the Premier League, and Steve Bruce is convinced “they are as good as you get.”
Bruce led his Magpies to Merseyside hoping to become the first side to win away to Liverpool in the league since Crystal Palace in April 2017.
But despite an early goal from Jetro Willems, the visitors were ultimately powerless to stop the Reds on their way to a fifth straight victory in the English top flight this season.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side stay top of the table, with 15 points from 15, and speaking after the game Bruce pointed to their unbeaten record, and status as champions of Europe, as testament to their brilliance.
“Listen, they’re as good as you get,” he told reporters at Anfield.
“You can understand why they haven’t been beaten here in two-and-a-half years, why they’re European champions.
“They lost one game [in the league] last year and didn’t become champions of England, because of the force of Man City.
“They’re an excellent, excellent team: pace, creativity and at the top end of the pitch they can damage you.
“It’s been difficult, I knew it was going to be difficult, but in fits and starts we did OK.”
Bruce was, strangely, asked if he believes Liverpool could win the title, and gave an unsurprising answer, saying they would “be there or thereabouts.”
“As I said, they only lost once last year and didn’t make it, which is quite unbelievable,” he continued.
“They’re a very, very good side at the minute, which will cause any team [problems]. They are as good as you get.”