Newcastle head to Anfield this afternoon looking to make a dent in what has been a horrible record at Anfield over the years.
Since the Premier League began, we’ve won there just once. In fact in our entire history we’ve won just 15 times in 81 attempts on the red half of Merseyside. Not good.
The annoying thing is I already have a suspicion of how the game will pan out today, a suspicion born out of years of going to Anfield and under-performing under various different managers and with various different teams. Whatever it is, it just seems as though there is something that will always get in the way of us giving a good performance at Anfield and that must change today if we are to get anything out of the game.
This Liverpool team are far removed from the all-conquering sides of the past. They simply aren’t as good as they once where and should be there for the taking. There is no reason why we can’t get a result there today, but I just feel that we won’t. Call it pessimism if you like…
My match preview is online and can be viewed by clicking here should you wish to have a gander at it. It features injury news for both sides, a brief history of meetings between the two sides and some stats and facts for your delectation.
The game itself is being beamed all around the world and is being showed live on Sky here in the UK. I don’t envisage there being an issue with finding a stream should you need to, but if any of you guys happen to find an especially good one then please feel free to leave a link to it in the ‘comments’ section below. As ever team news will be added in full at the bottom of this article as and when it becomes available.
Which just about wraps it up. Lose and we’ll stay where we are. Draw and we’ll stay where we are although we’ll move level on points with West Brom above us. Win however and we’ll jump to sixth in the table, and with games coming up against West Ham, Swansea and Wigan at St James’ Park with trips to Southampton and Stoke sandwiched between, a positive result could be a massive springboard for us.
Howay the lads!
Liverpool: Brad Jones, Andre Wisdom, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique, Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard, Nuri Sahin, Suso, Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez
Subs: Peter Gulacsi, Jamie Carragher, Sebastian Coates, Jonjo Shelvey, Jordan Henderson, Oussama Assaidi, Stewart Downing
Newcastle: Tim Krul, Vurnon Anita, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, James Perch, Jonas Gutierrez, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba
Subs: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Shane Ferguson, Danny Simpson, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi