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Newcastle United lose to Liverpool: Are we really surprised?

I’m not surprised, nor am I that disappointed. More happy that Jetro Willems scored his first goal as Newcastle United player, and the club looks to be on solid footing.

Liverpool FC v Newcastle United - Premier League Photo by Alan Hayward/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Newcastle United was never going to change the narrative of this match. It was always going to be a Liverpool victory. While Newcastle United newcomer Jetro Willems looked to change the story with what would be his first ever Premier League goal for the magpies, it was actually Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah who would have the final say.

And to be fair, I’m not even mad. There’s nothing to really be upset about when two of the best players in the Premier League are continuing what has already been a fantastic run of form. While I would have preffered the club to have only lost by one instead of two and allowing three goals, Jetro Willems showed some serious promise after having been dubbed a flop in his first Premier League match when his failure to position properly led the club to be scored on.

The important thing is that Newcastle United played a match worth watching. And more importantly, they did it without some of their biggest names such as Sean Longstaff and Allan Saint-Maximin. Andy Carroll is even being rumored to be set for a bench appearance against Brighton.

When the club had their shock victory against Tottenham, not a single person could realistically say that Newcastle United would upset both Tottenham and Liverpool; two clubs that fought over the Champions League trophy just months ago. Yeah, we’re not better than both of them.

But we shouldn’t discount this loss as just another one in the L column. Progress and move forward. And if I’m surprised about anything right now, it’s that Newcastle is doing just that.