Game On! Liverpool vs Newcastle United

liverpool_vs_newcastleWelcome one and all to this ‘Game On’ article which will take us through the highs and lows as we travel to Anfield for tonight’s Premier league game (8pm kick-off),
JC has been speaking to the media ahead of tonights game saying “There’s only nine points between us and the relegation zone so if we get nothing at Liverpool that could reduce to six,” explained Carver, ahead of the fixture.
“Relegation is always a worry. We need to start picking up the points somewhere no matter how we do it. I’m not too concerned with how we play, I’m more concerned with the final result and we need to get something from Liverpool.
“They (Liverpool) are only seven points off the top four and they’ll definitely think they still have a chance of getting there. I’ll be very surprised if their manager (Brendan Rogers) hasn’t prepared them for our game with that in mind.
“We know it’s going to be a difficult game but I think there’s a bit of pressure on the home side as well.
“Our fans need to get behind the team. We’ve seen the difference it can make when you have that support behind you.
“They love this football club and they just need to see us giving everything we can. We need them.
TEAM NEWS
Liverpool – The Reds are without suspended pair Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel but versatile midfielder Emre Can will return to the squad having served a one-game ban, Young winger Jordan Ibe is also back in contention having recovered from a knee ligament injury sustained in February, but centre-back Mamadou Sakho (hamstring) and forwards Adam Lallana (groin) and Mario Balotelli (illness) are all expected to miss out again.

Newcastle – Winger Rolando Aarons (hamstring) and forward Siem de Jong (collapsed lung) are both back in group training but will not be risked for the Magpies’ trip to Anfield. Defender Daryl Janmaat was expected to be passed fit after suffering a calf strain at Sunderland last weekend, but it seems he is now doubtful. United will once again have to do without suspended pair Papiss Cisse and Fabricio Coloccini. Leading scorer Cisse serves the fourth game of a seven-match suspension, while captain Coloccini sits out the final game of his three-match ban.
Howay the Lads

Liverpool Mignolet, Johnson, Can, Lovren, Moreno, Allen, Lucas, Henderson, Ibe, Coutinho, Sterling

Subs Jones, Toure, Lambert, Manquillo, Borini, Brannagan, Markovic

Newcastle United Krul, R.Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Colback, Anita, Abeid, Sissoko, Cabella, Obertan, Perez.

Subs Elliot, Sterry, Gouffran, Gutierrez, Ameobi, Armstong, Riviere.

500 thoughts on “Game On! Liverpool vs Newcastle United

  1. Gashley@448, I suppose it depends how the media, or Sky report on the day too… I reckon the attendance will be below 45,000, if they want to get after Ashley then they’ll be on the fans side, if they want to portray the toon fans as fickle they’ll play that card too. I think there’s politics in there too tbh

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  2. I think our six points might not save Sunderland this time, the way Leicester are going.They have to play Leicester as well. 🙂

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  3. @MM

    the club will report attendance by the number of season tickets sold for the game not actual bodies in the stadium (apparently). So we may see a half empty stadium and mike declares 50k fans turned up lol

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  4. If you want better for the club protest in some way from now until Ashley leaves. We have become a ghost club with no leadership within. Sad to see. A disgrace.

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  5. West Brom have passed us now. What does Ashley think of all this if anything? He won’t panic because he thinks we’ll avoid relegation but he has reduced the club to a cruel joke on us.

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  6. Chris G

    So have we got £30m in the kitty or £22m?

    Sorry, I’m a halfwit and didnt think your post was clear.

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  7. Really impressed with Reading performance in the cup semi tonight, just goes to show how you can take games to the big boys if you work hard. Tough luck on them with the keepers fumble 🙁

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  8. Troy – we will have a dam site more than that now. The figure in the accounts was for last year. We’ve probably opened an account at Coutts now…

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  9. Sharpy – sorry for the late reply.
    Most just say it wont work, but Ashley has already got their money anyway, so they are going.
    I get the feeling many have been going for so long now, that it has become a way of life. Nothing more than that.
    Plus I get the impression they are **** scared to lose the seat they have had for years and years, safe in the knowledge they will never get it back again.
    Its really sad really.
    Oh yeah and of course I get the ‘real fans’ stick by their team thru thick and thin, no matter what.

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  10. so we have sunk another position lower in the league.
    A couple more defeats and the chickens will really be coming home to roost.
    We are far from safety
    squeak squeak mashley

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  11. our saving grace should be the bottom clubs having to play each other.
    16th is looking good

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  12. So according to the People Ashley will now be looking at competing in the cups again as we are in a good position now.

    Talk about propaganda

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  13. I do recall predicting at the start of the season we would be in a relegation battle. Well, I take no credit for predicting it. Just predicting the obvious. 😉

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  14. @Troy. I wouldnt say we’re in a relegation battle. its mighty close but no battle, we only need a couple of points if you look at the bottom clubs fixtures.

    We’ll be **** until West Brom at home, Cisse returns and saves the day. 😉

    Saying that, WBrom battered your beloved Alans team yesterday away so we might have to leave it until West Ham come here 😯

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  15. Something happened last night that made me feel the boycott could be a success. The father in law has decided to boycott… He’s a huge fan and a laid back guy so when he decides enough is enough I imagibe Kant thousands more have

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  16. Stuart: I almost feel sorry for Carver and have said so. Still, it can only go so far as he was also partially responsible for the terrible football under Pardew.

    Troysta: if Chris G’s analysis is correct it is 22mil in the bank. We also announced a profit of 18 mil and I am not sure if the after tax amount is included in what is in the bank (22 mil) or added to it??? As Stuart said it will probably be a lot more now as this years accounts close in a couple of months and we have got quite a few off the payroll and as usual have not spent that much on transfers.

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  17. I want change but feel it would need a sustained period of staying away. One game, is it enough? All depends on how sky portray the protest. Jeff Stelling and the lads were on the side of the fans.

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  18. QPR & Burnley need to win 3 and draw 1 of their last 5 to overtake us, Hull and Sunderland need to win 3 of their last 6 belying their form and horrific run ins. Leicester are the only team who realistically could jump us & they play most of the teams around them (Which stops someone gaining points)

    Thats also on the assumption we wont get a point from our 4 home matches and away at 2 sides in the relegation zone

    Sorry i dont see it & its very early to be claiming credit for something that hasnt happened (or wont)

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  19. Toby, Doesn’t that tell you something though? When the media start to back us then you know we have the upper hand. The media love to cast us as delusional but the tide has definitely turned imo.They want to see the club competing as much as us and they are all aware of the limitations put on the footballing side by Ashley’s tight financial constraints and lack of ambition as a result. I would urge you to have a rethink, agree the boycott needs to extend for the rest of the season to have the most effect and the fans hold the power if only they’d realise. Rangers fans have shown us the way we need to follow their example and the example of Liverpool fans who also know how to boycott.

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  20. CC, we have a bit going in our favour for sure, but it’s sad that it’s come to that to survive. 😳

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  21. It hasnt come to that yet thats assuming we stay stuck on 35, I still think we’ll scrape 40 points personally; We’ll nab a scruffy win and a draw or two at SJP and maybe something at QPR who will be down by the time we play them

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  22. Todays boycott mightn’t be a complete success but it could be a start.
    I know some people say boycotting one game isn’t going to change anything, but for me it sends the message to Jabba and the media that some fans have had enough. The organisers may also have plans in place to do more but they would be silly to show their hand now, before they know if they will get enough support today.
    Whilst I agree that everyone has the right to either go or boycott but IMO boycotting tells the Regime that the fans will if pushed stand up for what they believe, but by going to the game that tells the Regime ????? That they can keep doing what they’re doing and the fans will still turn up.
    But thats just my opinion.

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  23. NUFC’s great support is the club’s achilles heel. I liken it to the North East and the unwavering support of the Labour Party.

    The club and the North East are left in the wilderness as Ashley and the Labour Party do not need to fight for the support. It’s handed on a plate and they get away with feeding them scraps.

    I no longer vote Labour and I no longer go to games. Until things change then that will remain the case.

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  24. He may have season ticket holders money already but how much more powerful a message can you send than yes I’ve paid but I won’t bother turning up to watch. Go watch it in the pub where they are giving away free or discounted beer or stay at home and watch it on the telly, but please don’t turn up in person. He’s obviously getting rattled because of the amount of garbage being trotted out in the press such as his supposed major u turn where he now thinks we should compete in the cups, and major invetsment in the summer yada yada yada. Lies, lies lies. If you still turn up under some miguided sense of it won’t make any difference if I stay away, you lose the right to moan about the club, Ashley, Charver etc. When others are trying to make change happen and by being there you dilute it’s effect, you deserve what you get. A crap team, a shell of a club, a bunch of losers, lickspittles and proven liars running the gaff and a disenfranchised support with no hope only mediocrity or worse to look forward to. How will the future generation be inspired by that? It could all be so different but the change needs to start now. Boycott the match and watch the fat man squirm

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  25. The boycott will be a failure… partly because some fans care more about supporting the lads on the park than the political bull**** behind the scenes. .. there is still no future agenda or proposed outcome from the boycott.. the whole thing needs a leader to actually deliver a real outcome.. anyway I hope we can at least show a little passion on the park and come away with a point or 3!

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  26. Asking a season ticket holder to boycott the last four games is like asking them to throw away £100 — it isn’t going to happen.
    The only successful boycott would be a boycott of the box office.
    Fans not renewing season tickets would result in good players being bought and good football being played to encourage fans back to the ground..
    Sadly, for many thousands of fans, having a season ticket is some sort of status symbol and they will never cancel it.
    Ashley 1 fans 0.

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  27. Aussie@482,I could understand that attitude if the players were delivering a spirited display even when losing but the fact is we’ve had just a handful of displays like that again this season. When they start battling for points then they can demand/expect loyalty and support. Too many picking up a pay packet without putting in a shift imo.

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  28. Aussie – it’s the start. Small acorns and all that. Unfortunatley I despair at a significant portion of our match going support who refuse to see the wood for the trees ‘ I’ve always gone to the match and always will, support the team not the regime, Mike’s said he will invest so we will wait and see etc etc etc Jesus christ pathetic. Nothing will change. Mike has you exactly where he wants you – paying your hard earned to turn up, for what purpose ? Be entertained? Long time since that’s happened. Watch the players (the small number who can be arsed) to turn up and go through the motions? Where’s the joy in that. How can some of our support who’ve experienced the Keegan or SBR era’s not want some of that again? To get it all they have to do is start to show they will not accept the current state of affairs.
    Today is about small acorns. The fans groups are united for a change, I’m sure a plan will be put in place that people can follow.

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  29. AMF,your out of touch with the real feeling on tyneside(which is understandable with you being from the colonies),this protest seems to have legs,not like the last ones.the tide is turning against jabba.

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  30. Sidekick and that is part of the problem. I’ve heard people say but I’ve paid for my ticket. he has my money so I’m going. Honestly we need to despair at this small minded attitude. Change won’t happen unless we push for it. It may mean a small sacrifice to get the ball rolling although how missing that turgid pathetic fayre in the library SJP has become is a sacrifice I don’t know. Get yerself to the pub and make a statement don’t continue to be a silent supporter of the regime.

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  31. Geordie Deb well said, but sadly there is fans that are happy enough to just go along with whatever the Regime decides to do.
    For me turning up is just showing the Regime that you’ll just continue to support them, IMO you dont have to go to support the lads thats just the **** pr that the club is peddling that “we need your support” thats just trying to blackmail fans into going.

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  32. I’ve never received so many email from the box office about buying tickets, they can piss right off

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  33. Aussie – You clearly haven’t been been following the campaign if you don’t know what the agenda is. Ashleyout.com is pretty self explanatory isn’t it?

    Oh and it will have an effect. Just wait. A football club without supporters doesn’t exist!

    The only thing that can be guaranteed by doing nothing is the status quo. I am glad you weren’t around during the Nazi’s era, Aussie.

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  34. Ok Stuart, how are you going to get Ashley ‘out’
    You are assuming that he will leave if you stay away, sounds like a real plan…
    So stay away from the game and go and watch it in a pub where they play the game shown by a provider who pays more millions to Ashley than all the fans put together! Be a real protester and not watch at all! I dare you! 😉

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  35. Do you think the PL or the club sponsors would be happy to be associated with a club playing in an empty stadium? Do you think the team would pick up many wins playing in an empty stadium? Do you think Ashley would subsidise the club to the tune of £20m a season to fill the gap left by an empty stadium and no match day income?

    Your defeatist attitude offends me. Weak and timid attitudes like yours get everything they deserve.

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  36. Ha, your pretend hard man protester act offends me as well.. you only just gave up your tickets after years of whinging you fake. keep up your 4 month fight, im proud of you! 😳
    So Ashley will leave if the fans numbers are down? 😆

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  37. I think the irony is that a lot of the people who will be ‘feeding the ducks’ in Leases park, will be the sort of people who have already bought a season ticket for another year. They will be there for the next game. Only if 15K+ stop going every game will it hurt Ashley imo. Won’t happen, the fans are too soft.

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  38. Eric Sykes, did you manage to get a ticket for the Spurs game mate ? Even though you don’t know each other surely there’s a chance of meeting up before the game and you using Stuart79 or Troy’s season tickets ? Assuming of course they won’t be using them themselves ?

    Good luck to the boycotters !!!…and let’s hope for 3 points today !

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  39. we have to do something. Doing nothing is just sad, pathetic and pointless.

    Carry on Ashley, all is dandy, 3 cheers for Steve McClaren. Plus, rumors are circulating Tyneside, we might actually compete in a cup next year. Wow! it is just a rumor like 🙄

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