Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has described Newcastle as an "unrecognisable" team under manager Eddie Howe.
Klopp's glowing remarks were made during his news conference before Saturday's league game at St James Park.
"Eddie Howe has done an exceptional job, absolutely exceptional," he said.
"The financial possibilities they have, or will have, are exceptional, but it is not because of that, not at all.
"He arrived in a difficult situation, they stayed comfortably in the league, now the team is unrecognisable."
Klopp added that Howe's presence is the reason certain players have improved and are playing well for the club.
"He's improved players like [Miguel] Almiron, I always liked him but the way they are playing suits him," he added.
"Callum Wilson is a fantastic striker, Bruno Guimaraes is massive for them.
"But he's turned them around and they are a proper threat."
Liverpool managed to record their first Premier League win in 2023 with a comfortable Merseyside derby victory over Everton at Anfield on Monday.
Klopp was satisfied with the result as he described his side's win as "a massive relief" during his post-match interview.
He will be hoping his side will be able to reproduce their match winning performance against a Newcastle side who have lost only one game this term.
That particular loss was inflicted on Newcastle by Liverpool at Anfield during the first half of the season.
While the Magpies are fourth in the league with 41 points from 22 games played, the Reds are in ninth position on the log with 32 points from 21 games played.