So what changes in a week? A fortnight? A few months? A season? Well, apart from my heavy workload, not a lot.
Yet again I’ve spent all week avoiding football debates and snapping at anyone who mentions the plight of my club after another embarrassing collapse, this time at the hands of a smug Alan Pardew and his Crystal Palace side.
Many questions have been asked about many different things. Is the manager cut out for this? Are the players up for this? Are the good enough to get themselves, and by association, the club out of this? Is our owner again to blame? Is it our recruitment? Why do we again have so many injuries? You see, the list is endless.
But at least we have some home comforts this weekend, or should the be discomforts? Our dismal form combined with the upswing in fortunes for our opponents would seem to point towards the latter. I, like many, watched Liverpool in midweek and thought to myself that Jurgen Klopp will be licking his lips at the prospect of playing us at the weekend. And given how it’s going for us can you really blame him?
Iron Mike Williamson has been recalled from his loan at Wolves to replace Jamaal Lascelles who twanged his hamstring last weekend. Iron Mike Williamson has now subsequently been ruled out after twanging his hamstring.
The pair will join Tim Krul, Rolando Aarons, Steven Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Massadio Haidara, Cheick Tiote on the treatment table however there could be a recall to the squad for that guy that everyone seems to have forgotten about. Sylvain Marveaux! That’s the one..
Emre Can will miss this game after collecting his fifth booking of the campaign against Southampton while Philippe Coutinho is rated as doubtful as he continues to battle a hamstring problem. However Jordan Henderson is fit again and is pushing to replace Emre Can while Daniel Sturridge is likely to start his first Premier League for two months after scoring two in midweek against the Saints.
Newcastle do not like games against Liverpool, and with good reason as historically we’ve been nursing defeat more often than anything else.
Of the previous 169 matches in all competitions it is Liverpool who hold a heavy advantage having won 81 of those games. Newcastle have won 48 games with 40 draws making up the numbers. Not good is it?
Stats and facts:
There has never been 0-0 draw between the two sides since the inception of the Premier League. The last goalless draw was in February 1974.
Newcastle have had six players sent off in their last six matches against Liverpool.
United have dropped ten points from winning positions so far this term – more than any other side.
Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund side did the double over Steve McClaren’s Wolfsburg outfit in the 2009/10 season. Steve McClaren was sacked by Wolfsburg after the 3-0 loss.
Daniel Sturridge has scored six goals against Newcastle – more than he has managed against any other side.
Newcastle have won one of the last six fixtures between the two teams. However Liverpool have won just once on Tyneside in their last six visits.
What can I say as a final thought that I haven’t already said or that hasn’t already been said?
Wake me up when it’s over. I’ll be behind the sofa. Again.
Howay the lads!
Date: Sunday, 6th December, 2015
Venue: St James’ Park