London: Returning captain Steven Gerrard's last shot and a brace from Craig Bellamy fired Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback victory over Newcastle and the fifth place in Premier League.

The visiting 'Magpies' took a dream start after 25 minutes when Liverpool defender Daniel Agger diverted Yohan Cabaye's header into his own net on Friday night.

Bellamy, the former Newcastle striker, showed no mercy to his old club as he just took four minutes to level the score, delivering a low shot to the bottom corner.

After the restart, it was Bellamy again becoming Anfield fans' saviour. The Welshman struck a curling free-kick in to help the Reds overtake the lead.

Gerrard, who only made one appearance since October's injury before last night's clash, was brought on by coach Kenny Dalglish with 30 minutes left.

Though the visitors seemed dangerous on counterattack later in the game, Gerrard sealed the 3-1 victory with a strong burst into the area before a cool finish in a tight angle.

With the three points, Liverpool surpassed Arsenal (with one game in hand) to move to the top five on 34 points after 19 games. Newcastle still stood at seventh.

(Agencies)