Opta statistics from the Reds' 2-2 draw with Newcastle United on Saturday show how Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was a non-stop creative force for the visitors.

The skipper bagged a first equaliser against the Magpies from the penalty spot shortly before half-time - his 100th goal for the club in the Barclays Premier League.

Gerrard took more touches on the ball than any other player on the pitch - 120 - and attempted 99 passes throughout the 90 minutes.

An impressive 90.9 per cent of the midfielder's distribution was accurate; the highest of any Liverpool teammate in his area of the pitch.

The No.8 also delivered eight crosses at St James' Park, 62.5 per cent of which found a colleague, and created six shooting opportunities for his side.

For good measure, Gerrard was effective in a defensive sense too; he won all four of the tackles he entered and completed three clearances.


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