Revealed: The ‘lightbulb moment’ when Newcastle coaches knew starting XI to beat Liverpool

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren has revealed the ‘lightbulb moment’ when he knew what team he had to pick to beat Liverpool.

Newcastle beat Liverpool 2-0 at St James’s Park in a shock victory that confounded the recent form guide.

McClaren – whose team are level on points with 17th-placed Bournemouth – decided on his starting XI on Thursday night.

And he resisted calls to drop out-of-form captain Fabricio Coloccini and under-performing midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

“We’ve had a tough week in terms of looking at various things and changing personnel,” said McClaren, whose options were limited by injuries and a lack of squad depth.

“There was kind of a lightbulb moment on Thursday evening.

“We just said ‘look, more or less that team that started before the last two was collecting points and playing well’.

“It was just a case of people working hard and out-running opponents.

“We’d pointed out why we lost the last two games, and we gave everybody an opportunity to put that right, and they’ve done that.”