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Liverpool v Newcastle – Match preview

Liverpool welcome Newcastle to Anfield tonight hoping to secure all three points and potentially move a little further up the Premiership leaderboard. With Newcastle returning to form following a draw and a loss to Swansea and West Brom, Liverpool will have to be at their best to overcome Alan Pardew’s side.

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Liverpool welcome Newcastle to Anfield tonight hoping to secure all three points and potentially move a little further up the Premiership leaderboard. With Newcastle returning to form following a draw and a loss to Swansea and West Brom, Liverpool will have to be at their best to overcome Alan Pardew’s side.

Leading striker Luis Suarez is set to miss the game through suspension. Steven Gerrard, although available, will likely start from the bench as Kenny Dalglish looks to ease him him back into the starting line up. I’d expect Gerrard to come on at some point in any event. For Newcastle, their form player Demba Ba will also be playing after overcoming a slight knee injury in the 3-0 win against Bolton last time out. 

The back four of Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Jose Enrique are all fit and available and should continue their fine form. A quick glance at the table shows that the bottom two Premiership sides Bolton and Blackburn have, inexplicably scored more goals than Liverpool so far this term, 22 and 25 respectively, to Liverpool’s 21. This is something that clearly has to stop and if things are to improve for the Reds. OK, so they’ve hit the post four trillion times or whatever the number is but, if there’s any truth in the old saying that “these things all even themselves out over the season”, then surely it’s time for the posts to move just that little bit sideways and the bar to rise just that little bit and for the many chances to go flying in.

My heart tells me that this is the time when things start to go Liverpool’s way, but my head tells me to get a grip! The way things have gone, someone surely is in for a whooping and I’d like to see this tonight. Newcastle are, for sure, one of the form sides so far this season and if Liverpool are to fulfil their role as pretenders for a leading slot, then this is the kind of game they should be winning.

The midfield will no doubt contain Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and likely Stewart Downing. After that, then perhaps a chance for Jay spearing to return or for Craig Bellamy or Maxi Rodriguez to continue the good work each of those have done of late. Up front, well, the talking point of the match. Andy Carroll making a start against his old club. I’d like to see him finish the year on a high. For all of the stick he gets from the Liverpool faithful, me included, he deserves some patience and afterall, he is a Liverpool player. YNWA and all that?

I think the game will end in yet another draw for Liverpool at Anfield. Simply because for all of my hope I don’t see Carroll doing that much. I do, however, stand to be corrected but I don’t have much faith that that’ll happen. If the Reds do score, it’s likely to be through Maxi or Bellamy. Having said that it’s also about time Henderson and Charlie started getting amongst the goals.

So, as readers of this column will know I don’t make predictions. However, I suggest 2-2 with a hint of some of the famous old scraps these two sides have decided at Anfield in the past, and who knows, I might even be wrong and see Liverpool take all three points at home for the first time in what seems like ages.

By Ben Green

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(Video) Liverpool sends fans down memory lane with memory of fantastic goal

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Fabio Aurelio Liverpool

Liverpool pulled a rabbit out of the hat by signing Andy Robertson from Hull City. The Scot wasn’t a big name then and didn’t cost us much but he has been incredible since breaking into the first-team.

The newly appointed Scotland captain is easily one of the best left-backs in the world and is only getting better with game time.

Although Liverpool have finally signed a dependable left-back, that wasn’t the case for many years as Alberto Moreno and Jose Enrique never seemed to fulfil their potential.

The Reds were a little unlucky with one player and that was Fabio Aurelio, the Brazilian. The former Valencia player was a Red for six seasons but made just 87 appearances in the Premier League.

The left-back was known for his incredible delivery and had a fantastic moment or two. His goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford is one of our greatest moments post the Champions League win in 2005 and FA Cup in 2006 and the Reds wished the 38-year-old on his birthday.

The Brazilian was great at set-pieces but his injuries prevented him from reaching his potential. Rafa Benitez got the best out of the now 38-year-old but the defender had to retire a few years ago as injuries caught up to him.

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Former Liverpool star claims he wants to play under this manager

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Kevin Keegan Liverpool

Kevin Keegan’s managerial career can be remembered for his rant against Manchester United and slumping behind the advertising hoardings after Liverpool beat Newcastle 4-3.

The former England star was one of the best during his time as he picked up a couple of Ballon d’Ors and won numerous titles as a player for the Reds.

Keegan certainly knows a thing or two about winning trophies and in a recent interview with the Guardian, the former England captain added that out of the current managers, he would love to play under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds play attacking football but Keegan claimed he saw a bit of himself in Klopp and hence, would have played under our manager.

“I’d have to go for [Jürgen] Klopp because he’s like me.”

“He is going to tackle someone one day.

“I was very close to it [too]. When someone was breaking away and it was near the touchline, and I was stood there, I was very close one day to bringing him down. I really was.”

The 67-year-old is right about Klopp’s passion for the game and that is one reason why we are doing so well. The German has turned us into one of the best sides in the country and it is time for him to break his trophy duck at Anfield.

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The Reds last won a trophy in 2012 but with Klopp at the helm and the players producing incredible performances, we may have something to cheer about at the end of the campaign.

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“Wasn’t his best goal”, “He scored better” – Some Liverpool fans are certain Puskas had better goals last season

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Mohamed Salah came third in the best men’s player category at the recent FIFA awards but the Liverpool star did pick up the Puskas Award for the best goal of the season.

The winning moment came against Everton on 10th December 2017 as Salah jinked past a couple of players before curling the ball into the net.

The effort was adjudged to be better than Gareth Bale’s strike against us in the Champions League final and Cristiano Ronaldo’s effort against Juventus in the same competition.

Salah was on a tear last season as he broke the Premier League scoring record with 32 goals in the competition. The forward had a number of magical moments and a few fans were convinced this wasn’t the Egyptian’s best goal of the season.

There were brilliant efforts against Watford and Tottenham that come to mind. The 25-year-old hasn’t been on fire this season but the award should come as a handy boost for the remainder of the campaign.

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