Newcastle lost at Liverpool, but they were by no means disgraced, and caused the European Champions some problems, particularly in the opening half an hour.
It led Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to heap praise on Steve Bruce’s side afterwards, while he singled out £40 million record signing Joelinton, for special plaudits.
The Chronicle quote Klopp as saying: “Joelinton did outstanding. He is 100 per cent made for the Premier League.
“If you had to replace Rondon, which is already difficult, then that was a good choice.
“He was a really good signing.”
It should provide the Brazilian with a welcome boost ahead of the Brighton game this weekend, with the striker having scored just once this season.
He would undoubtedly have hoped for more, but it has not stopped him putting in some hard-working displays, without him reaping the rewards.
The Newcastle formations have not helped Joelinton
The formation Steve Bruce has employed against the better sides is similar to the ultra defensive ones put in place by Rafa Benitez last season.
It means Joelinton has often been isolated up front, and having to hold the ball up, time and again, while his teammates try to get up the pitch.
He is unlikely to have been used to that role in Germany, and has taken time to get to grips with it in the Premier League.
But he has adapted well, and looks more of a handful every week.
Although there are still games ahead against the top six sides, where the same tactics are likely to be used, they are interspersed with winnable games against the, so-called, lesser sides.
Joelinton – like the fans – will be hoping for more attacking formations during those games, and will hope to build on his performances by grabbing a few goals.
There are definite signs that if his teammates can give him chances, the Brazilian forward will get goals for Newcastle.
But even with chances at a premium, his work is not going unnoticed, and that should provide him with some added confidence for the games ahead.