Newcastle manager Steve Bruce paid tribute to Liverpool and labelled them “incredible” after Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Anfield.
Newcastle took a shock early lead when full-back Jetro Willems rifled a right-footed shot into the far top corner.
That just seemed to wake up Liverpool at Anfield and Sadio Mane scored twice and Mo Salah grabbed the third as Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners.
Bruce told BBC Match of the Day: “I am pleased with a lot of parts today, there is certainly improvement in the squad which is important. It was good up to a point.
“We scored a cracking goal. Yes they had good possession but we had a number of chances.
“They are very, very good. They are a threat and it’s why they are the Champions of Europe. The disappointment for me was the second goal.
“We made mistakes and it opened us up. I know our keeper will be looking thinking he could have done better.
“Liverpool were just incredible in the second half. It was just attack after attack. Firmino drops into those areas that no one else can.
“We were relieved when he was on the bench but then he came on and made all the difference.”