However, a fortuitous 1-0 victory over Leicester lifted spirits, before a further three points against Tottenham moved the club out of the relegation places. The North Eastern side then went one step further and secured their place in the quarter-finals of the League Cup with an historic 2-0 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
The club will be looking to further build upon their strong run of form this weekend, with the chance to record a fourth successive victory against faltering Liverpool - with a win able to take the Magpies to just one point off their Merseyside opponents.
If a win is recorded, it would represent the final step in a massive turn around experienced by the club in the last fortnight, and defender Paul Dummett believes that the club have finally responded to the critics who poured negativity on the opening stages of their season.
“A lot of people would have wrote us off before the game,” the youngster told the Chronicle. “We had a lot of young players on show.
“I played centre-back and not in my natural position, so credit to us, we worked hard and deserved the win.”
The Toon are facing Liverpool at the perfect time for the club, with the Reds struggling to find form, winning just one of their last three games and sitting nine points off league leaders Chelsea. If Newcastle intend to clinch a result against Brendan Rodgers’ side, they should not be afraid of going all out for a well-deserved victory.