Liverpool v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

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So that is very nearly the end of that then. But first it’s the small matter of a trip to Anfield.

Liverpool have surpassed any pre-season expectations and still maintain a slim chance of picking up the Premier League trophy should West Ham beat Manchester City and the Reds manage to overcome us.

To be perfectly blunt I cant see that last part being an issue for a Liverpool side who are searching for their 100th Premier League goal of the season against a side who has struggled to keep them out at the other end.

It also gives United fans another chance to show their displeasure at how things are going for Newcastle. Momentum seems to be building regarding banners and the like and I’ve already seen a few good ones on Twitter which actually highlight our plight and give an insight as to what our issues are. And our issue is NOT that we aren’t challenging at the top of the league Mr Pardew!

We’re likely to wave goodbye to a few faces today, certainly on the playing staff anyway. Loic Remy is unlikely to be seen in a United shirt as his loan deal ends and as we’re well aware each player has a price so who knows who else could be heading for the exit. I’d be surprised if one of those was the manager though, unfortunately.



Liverpool:

Jordan Henderson is available for selection once more after missing the last three games through suspension. Brendan Rodgers has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game. Former Mag Jose Enrique has been out since November with a knee injury.

Newcastle:

Papiss Cisse would have been out anyway but the news that he will now miss a few months and is unlikely to be fit for the start of the new season isn’t exactly welcome. Davide Santon also misses out while Adam Armstrong is away on international duty and Hatem Ben Arfa is also unlikely to feature.

Previously…

Newcastle managed to salvage a draw at home to Liverpool and perhaps could have done even better if they managed to retain eleven men on the pitch. Yohan Cabaye had given United the lead before Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa gave away a penalty and earned himself a red card allowing Steven Gerrard to equalise just before half-time. Paul Dummett restored the lead for the home side before Daniel Sturridge nodded in from close range to ensure the points were shared on the day.

That was a rare bright spot for us against Liverpool. Generally we’re awful against them, certainly in recent years, and who can forget that 0-6 loss at St James’ Park just last season? It’s been twenty years since we last won at Anfield in the league and I can’t see that changing today.

A total of 166 games games have been played between the two sides with Liverpool winning 79 times compared to 47 wins for United meaning that the other 40 meetings have ended in a draw. Of those 166 games, 77 have been at Anfield and United have won just 11 times with Liverpool racking up an impressive 51 victories.

Stats and facts…

Newcastle have only won once away from home on the final day of the Premier League. That was last season against QPR.

United have lost all 13 of their league matches this season when they have been losing at half-time – the worst record in the division.

In 39 Premier League meetings between these sides, there has never been a goalless draw.

Liverpool have scored three goals in four out of the last five times they have played Newcastle at Anfield.

Final thought…

As much as this season has turned sour when it could ave been so different, and as frustrated as I’ve been with, I’m still sad to see the season coming to an end. It’s football, our bread and butter, at the end of the day. Fortunately we have a World Cup to keep us occupied whilst we await the flurry of new signings at St James’ Park over the summer. Ahem…

I look at Liverpool and wonder what could have been. In no way could we have challenged for the title like they have done so admirably, but at one point we were doing rather well and could perhaps have started to look at European qualification.

How things have changed since then though. Starting with the sale of Cabaye and failure to replace the wheels have steadily come off and we are now faced with a squad low on morale and confidence, a manager who has very little backing from the fans, rumours of dressing room bust ups and everything else that we’ve heard about. What could have been eh?

My only hope is that we give it a real good go today. The likelihood is that we’re going to get beat and if you sit off Liverpool they’ll just come back at you and break you down eventually, so why not give it a go first and at least try and attack. We won’t though. I think we can all see what is coming already.

Howay the lads!

Date: Sunday, 11th May, 2014

Time: 3pm

Venue: Anfield

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410 thoughts on “Liverpool v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

  1. MDS I am getting used to excuses where Pardew and the board our concerned. I think given Pardew money is dangerous.

    Kim just wishful thinking 🙂 I think Mike should take the 78.8 million and the 32 million pound wonga money with Cabayes 20 million and the 9 million profit and sale up.

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  2. Georgio your scaring me. I hope the don’t buy De Jong. Who’s he helping us or the opposition. His crap

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  3. [email protected], I been saying the same for yonks mate. Wish he’d contact the potential Villa buyers and offer them the Toon like .It’s a pity he doesn’t own Rangers outright he could do a buy one get one free deal 😉

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  4. Kim I hope he takes Pardew with him. The Ranger’s fans would love him. Shola could even make it in the SPL

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  5. @STUART79

    we have only played great football under Pardew on a few occasions. Some games have been decent, most have been defensive.

    He’s changed every winger we’ve had into a defensive wing-back & he totally ignores creative wingers such as Barfa and Marv.

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  6. MDS – that would be the worst £2m we’ve ever spent. You’re right about the wingers though. I honestly think he’d like 8 defenders every game and under his tutelage we’d still leak gaols galore.

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  7. Newkie just watched Kevin Keegan’s video. It’s so sad losing a manager that has high hopes for the club. Keegan told Wise not to buy and Ashley offering 500k for a player worth 1.25 million.

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  8. Stem-aye, the low bids are just what everyone’s been saying, pathetic really, and this is why no serious manager will consider working for Ashley. “Yeah sure, we’ll try and buy Bony, we’ve offered Swansea 5 mil” “Oh, turns out they won’t sell for that, but don’t worry, we’ve got Nile Ranger back on a free!”

    Interesting he says about the people that Ashley surrounds himself with-you’d think most of the bad eggs would have been smashed now but I think Lee Charnley might be just as bad- and he’s not even one of Ashley’s “crew”. He might be less smug than Llambias -but only because he will give us even LESS information. Llambias was cocky but Charnley is someone who’s been at the club for yonks and yonks and yet nobody knows a thing about him-a shy lad by all accounts, maybe that’s why Ashley likes him.

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  9. @Mark

    I see you deliberately failed to respond to my post about playing attacking football with Je Dong, Shola and Goof. And see how Rodgers would have coped if we had Sturridge, Sterling and Suarez and he had our 3 donkeys.

    But, I suppose you can’t answer it otherwise it would blow your argument out the water. 😉

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  10. Newkie I can remember a few of us on here saying that the club was putting in ridiculously low bids for players just so that it would get.out and make it look like they were trying to get players in.
    But quiteoften we were told we were just talking crap and we had no proof.

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  11. Newkie I know, its the same old story. Dennis Wise a stupid idiot. Joe Kinnear a senile idiot. Ashley a cheap skate idiot. Pardew a defensive idiot with an excuse for everything. How many idiot’s does it take to run Newcastle ???

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  12. Well it was reported last week we are interested in Frazier Campbell from Cardiff .Guess what lads and lasses ,he has a get out clause of about 800.000 in his contract .He will be our major summer signing then .

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  13. Dave-we’re definitely a dodgy lot with transfers. Problem with Kinnear was even if we offered a decent amount he’d probably come out and call the player/agent/players mum a ****ing idiot or something, sometimes I wonder if the Kinnear appointment was an extra measure to put people off-if they weren’t pissed off enough with our low bids then Joey would make sure they didn’t join us 😆

    Stem- I can;t understand how there isn’t a talented, driven individual who Ashley knows who could take this club forward. Maybe he’s just turned all his minions into mindless drones, maybe he doesn’t want someone with ideas and a bit of fire because he’s too afraid of competition? It’s the same method he uses for sports direct anyway…

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  14. Axel-800k might be a bit steep in the long run though, especially with his signing on fee of 500kish and maybe a similar fee for the agent. Almost 2 mil right there! Much easier to re-sign Shola I think 😉

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  15. Lescott is leaving City and is a free agent ,wouldnt mind us signing him but at 31 Ashley would never do it .

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  16. Watched KK’s video and I’m not the least bit surprised by any of it tbh, Daves right lots of us were saying low ball bids were going in, nice to finally get the proof. Can’t believe the only connection to football Jiminez had was as a steward at Chelsea 😯 If it wasn’t so darn serious you would laugh. What a terrifying situation we are in with this owner of ours, it beggars belief that fans still turn up to games in their thousands.

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  17. Lescott doesn’t have any sale on value for Ashley to make a profit on. Plus he would have to lower his wages by 75% for Ashley to even sniff in his direction

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  18. If Ashley offered 25 million for Rooney he knows it will get rejected, instantly. He would panic if it back fired on him

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  19. AXEL
    To be fair, Frazier Campbell has looked a threat in the games I’ve seen him play against us. He’s either scored or had chances. I would think there would be several premier league clubs in for him. The player I would try and get from Cardiff though is Noone.

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  20. DJG the way we are at the moment he would actually be an upgrade on any striker we have . Noone looked decent as well ,but early doors i thought Cardiff looked good enough too stay in the premiership then it all went pear shaped for them after they sacked their manager and brought Solskjaer in .

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  21. @TROY

    I didnt deliberately ignore your post m8 I just assumed with you being Pardews jizz-bucket you’d defend him whatever I said 😀

    Pardew said he was happy with his squad on numerous occasions, he sets his teams out to defend first, defend 2nd then we look to score on the counter attack. If we go down 1-0 we’re fu**ed. He does this whoever we have in the team. How many games this season have we come back from being 1-0 down?

    Are you saying if Pardew had more attacking players he’d change his style similar to Rodgers? Pardew could have Rodgers team but he would still be over cautions. This is his style. Similar to Big Sam..

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  22. tell you what Pardew wouldnt of had Perchy so far forward bursting into the box. he would of been chatting to Krul on the goal line with the other 8 defenders 😉

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  23. @Mark

    I’m no Pardew fan, I would rather have a top manager. I just don’t have a hatred for the bloke as you do which clouds your judgement.
    😉

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