Newcastle United were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at the weekend, but Steve Bruce’s side put in a spirited display.

Georginio Wijnaldum has told Liverpool’s official website that Jurgen Klopp had insisted to his side that Newcastle United were going to be tough to beat.

Liverpool went into their clash with Newcastle as heavy favourites to win, but they were given a scare in the initial stages.

Newcastle actually took the lead at Anfield after Jetro Willems cut inside and lashed a shot into the top corner.

But Wijnaldum claims that Liverpool were not shocked that Newcastle were a testing opponent.

The Dutch midfielder, who used to play for the Magpies, says that Klopp had spent the week praising Newcastle and ensuring that his side were not complacent going into the game.

“We were expecting that it was going to be a really tough game against Newcastle, that’s also what the manager said before,” Wijnaldum said.

“Nowadays in the Premier League every opponent is difficult so we knew that it was going to be tough. Unfortunately we were 1-0 behind but I think we did it good, we fixed it quick with the goal of Sadio and then make the 2-1.

“Even in the second half you saw how difficult it was because they created a few chances to score the 2-2, but I think overall we managed to defend them quite well and we scored the 3-1 and we won the game.”

Newcastle ultimately could not contain Liverpool’s attacking force, as they slipped to a defeat, but there were some positives to take from their display.

Many sides will go to Anfield and lose by heavier scorelines than 3-1 this term, and Steve Bruce’s side generally looked well organised throughout the contest.

Newcastle’s next game comes against Brighton & Hove Albion at St. James’ Park at the weekend, and they should have a far greater chance of picking up three points on that occasion.

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