Steven Taylor: Newcastle's 6-0 Liverpool defeat like family death

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has likened their humiliating 6-0 home defeat by Liverpool to a family death.

"It's a sick feeling. At this moment in time, it feels like a family member has died," the 27-year-old said.

"In the dressing room, looking around, everyone was devastated and realised the situation we are in."

The result was Newcastle's heaviest home defeat since 1925, and left them five points above 18th-placed Wigan, having played one game more.

Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson scored twice while Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy was sent off with the scoreline at 5-0, and a number of disgruntled home fans registered their disappointment by leaving the ground early.

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"We have to apologise, first and foremost, to the fans, for everybody who came here and watched the lads, and hold our hands up because we know we let them down," added Taylor.

"We are devastated with it, it wasn't acceptable and we all hold our hands up.

"It's hurt the players, it's hurt the manager and the staff, and you could see that after the game. We were just feeling sorry for ourselves afterwards, but we have just got to pull ourselves together now."

Newcastle travel to West Ham and Queens Park Rangers in their next two games, before hosting Arsenal on the final day of the season.