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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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Liverpool equal two more records after their impressive 2-0 win over Fulham

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Liverpool don’t seem to be the same team from last season, despite boasting an unbeaten record in the Premier League.

The Reds beat Fulham 2-0 to make it 30 points from 12 games, and are just two behind Manchester City who lead the table.

Our attack hasn’t blitzed the opposition like last season, but the numbers suggest this has been an amazing start to the Premier League campaign.

Ian Doyle wrote for the Liverpool Echo about the latest game and claimed that we have matched our best points tally after 12 games.

Doyle further claimed that our goal difference of +18 was the best in terms of Premier League seasons.

Our attack might not be firing on all cylinders but our defence has been exceptional so far. Alisson kept yet another clean sheet on Sunday, and we also equalled the record for clean sheets from 1977-78 and 1978-79.

James Milner scores for Liverpool against Arsenal

In fact, our defence has been the reason why we have done so well this season. We barely seem to concede and Virgil van Dijk has been an exceptional purchase, alongside Alisson.

The pair combined well to start an attack against the Cottagers on Sunday. Van Dijk signalled Alisson to take a free-kick early, and that resulted in Mohamed Salah opening the scoring for the Reds.

The Reds haven’t been that great in the Champions League, and we need to ensure our qualification into the next round.

Read more: “Hopefully they can win the Premier League” – Former Liverpool star urges club to break Premier League duck

Liverpool play Watford after the international break and take on Paris Saint-Germain away a few days later.

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“I can’t believe it”, “Shocked” – Some Liverpool fans unsure about Mohamed Salah’s choice of T-shirt

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Mohamed Salah is one of the biggest stars in football. The Egyptian has grown in stature since his move to Liverpool from AS Roma last season, and helped Liverpool to a Champions League final too.

The former Roma star is also one of the most recognisable faces in the world, and there have been murals, statues and paintings celebrating the success of the Liverpool attacker.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the player wants a bit of privacy and Salah tweeted an image of him travelling “incognito”.

The player wearing a Balaclava would not have been much of a problem, but many fans didn’t like his choice of shirt.

The Egyptian wore a “Project-Playboy” shirt and while we cannot say what his intentions were by sporting the shirt, some of the fans questioned his taste, while others some supported him.

Read more: Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham

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“I want to help the team” – Liverpool star wants to continue helping team after impressive performance against Fulham

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Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool

Xherdan Shaqiri isn’t concerned about how many goals he scores and wants to help Liverpool do well. The Swiss star started in our 2-0 win over Fulham and scored a wonderful volley after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring.

The 26-year-old was pleased with his finish and told Liverpool’s website:

“The [kind of] impact is not so important for me. I want to help the team.

“When it’s with a goal or assist, it’s always good for the team. I came in the summer to help this team go forward and make the process better.

“I’m very happy with my performances, I just have to keep going like this and train hard every day. I hope we keep going until the end like this.”

Although the former Stoke City star hasn’t started many games for Liverpool, the stats are pretty decent for the 26-year-old.

The attacker already has two goals and three assists from four starts, and his performances should put forward his case of starting more games.

The Swiss attacker was the cheapest transfer we made in the summer, but he looks a quality purchase now.

Read more: “Start him every match” – Some Liverpool fans want star to start every game after impressing against Fulham

Jurgen Klopp changed his formation to fit Shaqiri into the starting XI against Fulham. However, the Swiss star was the X Factor in our win over the Cottagers, and hopefully, he keeps getting the starts after the international break too.

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