Newcastle fans' abuse does not faze Liverpool skipper Gerrard

Last updated at 15:14 24 November 2007

Liverpool's goal-scoring hero Steven Gerrard insisted he was not worried about

fans' abuse after starring in his side's 3-0 win at hapless Newcastle.

Gerrard, who was continually booed for his part in England's Euro 2008 debacle,

opened the scoring with a first-half thunderbolt before Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel

scored further goals as Rafael Benitez's men ran amok.

Steven Gerrard

Asked if he had expected to be abused by supporters, Gerrard told Sky Sports 1:

"Of course.

"All the other England lads have got to take the criticism.

"From now until we (England) get it right we are going to take a lot of


Of the game, he added: "It was quite competitive, we started the game really

brightly and controlled for 90 minutes.

"We could have had a lot more."

Of Liverpool's title chances, Gerrard said: "If people want to write us off

it's up to them.

"We've got to keep winning and stay really consistent to stay in it,

especially over Christmas."

Benitez was caught up in a row with Liverpool's co-owners Tom Hicks and George

Gillett in the build-up to today's game, apparently over the Americans'

unwillingness to discuss potential January transfers before they next visit

Anfield in mid-December.

And the Spaniard again pleaded with the pair to act quickly before he misses

out on his targets.

"They don't understand what the transfer window means in Europe," Benitez

told Sky Sports 1.

"They need to understand how difficult it is to sign players.

"I was trying to explain, now we try to keep focus and win games."

He added: "If they understand what the market means they will understand we

are trying to do the best for the club."

Benitez was delighted with his team's display despite a host of missed chances

at St James' Park.

"I must be pleased to win by three away - it could be more but I'm very

pleased," he said.

"It's important for us to stay at the top of the table so we are in a good


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