It was Rafa Benitez's use of the word 'worse' which was most telling. 'We will try to find three teams worse than us, that's it,' said the Newcastle boss, delivering a demoralising yet sober statement.
IAN LADYMAN: As thrilling as it was it couldn’t really go on. Watching Liverpool last season was too often like a visit to a theme park. You didn’t quite know what would happen, only that you would enjoy yourself.