Newcastle returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over the Reds at St. James’ Park.
A Martin Skrtel own goal saw the Magpies go ahead in the 69th minute, and a late effort from Georginio Wijnaldum saw the home team pick up all three points.
Former Newcastle goalkeeper Harper was following the match, and he was impressed with the tactics of head coach Steve McClaren.
Steve McClaren has had a lot of criticism recently but today he got it absolutely spot on! Big performance from the lads too #commitment— Stephen Harper (@steveharper37) December 6, 2015
Fantastic result. Players were asked to stand up and be counted and they certainly did. Defensively solid and great work rate. Well done all— Steve Watson (@wattoon) December 6, 2015
Over the course of the 90 minutes at St. James’ Park, hosts Newcastle had just 40% of the possession, took six shots of which only one was on target, and earned just two corners.
The Magpies are third from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with 13 points from 15 matches, level on points with 17th-place Bournemouth, who are ahead on goal difference.