Garth Crooks analyses Newcastle's performance against Liverpool, raves about Wijnaldum

Garth Crooks has hailed Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum.

Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that anything is possible for Newcastle if they work hard and harness the quality of Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Magpies ripped up the form book on Sunday, as they took on Jurgen Klopp's in-form Liverpool side at St. James' Park, and shockingly beat them 2-0.

Martin Skrtel's own goal from Wijnaldum's strike gave Newcastle the lead, before Wijnaldum got the second with a deft finish over Simon Mignolet from Moussa Sissoko's pass.

The 2-0 victory was just Newcastle third win of the season, and went a long way to easing the pressure on under-fire manager Steve McClaren, following a torrid start to the campaign.

It was also a sign of what Newcastle can do when they are on top form, as Liverpool went in to the game off the back of a 6-1 thrashing of Southampton just days earlier.

After the game, pundit Garth Crooks told BBC Sport that it was a huge step in the right direction for Newcastle, and added that the hard work of Vurnon Anita and Jack Colback helped free up a 'top class goalscorer' in Wijnaldum to thrive.

"That's more like it, Newcastle! It took a while for the Magpies to get their confidence back against an in-form Liverpool side but once they did they were worthy winners," said Crooks. "If you have a top-class goalscorer and a team willing to work then anything is possible. Vurnon Anita and Jack Colback did much of the work whilst Georginio Wijnaldum's second goal of the game was simply first class."

"Last week I urged captain Fabricio Coloccini and manager Steve McClaren to reconcile their differences after media reports claimed that there had been a bust-up. Well, if bust-ups cause this sort of reaction in McClaren's dressing room then they should consider 'clearing the air' more often," he added.

Wijnaldum has been one of Newcastle's few bright sparks this season, justifying why McClaren was so desperate to lure him from PSV Eindhoven during the summer transfer window.

With more performances like his display against Liverpool, Wijnaldum could push Newcastle up the table and away from safety, but finding consistency is the key not only for the Dutchman, but for the whole Magpies team.

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