Nearly a day on from that and I still can’t work it out.  Before the game it was all about the manager. Pressure on Liverpool, result doesn’t matter and it’ll be a chance to let the manager know what we think (if he didn’t already know).

Then the game starts and we’re good.  Then the game becomes what its all about and I can’t stop thinking about it. It wasn’t supposed to be this good a game. We’re not supposed to come back from a goal down twice and we aren’t supposed to be the better side for large parts after we get back level.

We’re unlucky not to get anything from that.  From the moment Daniel Sturridge skies one on 50(ish) minutes Liverpool don’t muster a shot until the linesman decides the game with his inability to correctly call a simple decision.  All of the money, all of the points and the acclaim that our opponents have and it’s not even that hard for our lads to keep them out.

I’ve been watching this side all season and before that and I didn’t think they were capable of what they produced last night.  We lost the game. No shame in that.  Liverpool have lost one of their 37 league games this season and that was Manchester City away.

United without our best defender, best midfielder and Almiron.  Considering Christian Atsu ran riot imagine the difference our Paraguayan would have made in this fixture.

In the end we were to deep for the free kick that should never have been.  It’s bad defending. Again. For all United were magnificent we’ve gifted the potential champions three goals and you’ll do well to get anything from there.  That’s as negative as we’ll get for now.

Players like Javier Manquilo and Christian Atsu had their best games in black and white.  The occasion and brought the best our of Ki and Hayden, who dominated midfield.  Salomon Rondon. What to write about Salomon Rondon?  He was everywhere.  His goal was clinical, he was robbed of another and made Van Dyke look average despite personal bodyguard Andre Marriner doing his best to ‘protect’ Liverpool’s back four against our raging centre forwards. Sign him, please.

Perez strikes the bar at 1 1, they have a lad sent off if Atsu doesn’t score and the Salah injury stopped us in our tracks. Everything went Liverpool’s way and nothing United’s.  It was a sickener at the end but what a night.  What a team we could have if we sign the manager up, do business early and spend a bit of money.

The rest of the Premier League is really nothing to fear besides the top two, and we’ve played each of those sides this season at home and taken a three point haul that could have been six.

Everything about last night off the pitch went well.  The flag pre-game was sensational. The atmosphere right up there with anything in recent years at our place.  The scousers in the home end rightly booted out when they had the arrogance to celebrate. Can’t blame them for wanting to be there but if you act the bell-end, expect ramifications.

Another season done at St James’. If that is the managers last game at the place then he couldn’t have done anymore, and it’ll be a disaster for Newcastle United and all those who actually care about it.

Proud to back this side of grafters and good lads. They’ve done us proud again.  United are at a crossroads and the right things need to happen, fast, before its too late.

There’s a chance we’ll not see a few of those lads again at St James’ in black and white regardless of who’s in charge and like the vast majority of games they’ve played for us, they did us proud.

Alex Hurst

@tfalex1892