Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1: Steven Gerrard back with a bang

Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1: Bellamy blast rescues Kenny then Gerrard joins the party

Steven Gerrard gave his own New Year’s message last night as he marked his return to fitness with a goal that keeps Liverpool in the hunt for a Champions League place.

The Anfield skipper, determined to restore the club’s old big four status, struck after coming on as a 60th minute substitute to wrap up the game

Kenny Dalglish’s side had been losing after an early Daniel Agger own goal, but Craig Bellamy equalised before half time and then scored again from a free kick.

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Flying high: Craig Bellamy celebrates after scoring Liverpool

Flying high: Craig Bellamy celebrates after scoring Liverpool”s first goal

King of the Kop: Steven Gerrard celebrates after rounding off Liverpool

King of the Kop: Steven Gerrard celebrates after rounding off Liverpool”s win with the third goal