'A different kind of opponent': Paul Merson predicts result of Newcastle v Liverpool clash today
Paul Merson has given his prediction for the Premier League match between Newcastle and Liverpool today, on Sportskeeda.
The Reds will hope to return to the top of the Premier League table in Saturday’s early kickoff.
Jurgen Klopp’s charges will head to Newcastle in a battle of two of the league’s most in-form sides.
Liverpool have won their last four games in all competitions as they continue towards an unprecedented quadruple.
However, the invigorated Magpies are a team reborn and will fancy their chances of an upset at St James’ Park.
Newcastle have also won their last four in a row and, from battling relegation, are now pursuing a top-half finish.
While Eddie Howe’s charges can focus solely on this, Klopp is spinning quite a few plates at the moment.
As well as fighting for the Premier League title, Liverpool also have the Champions League and FA Cup to contend with.
Nonetheless, Klopp is likely to name a strong side – and in all fairness, he’s definitely got the strength in depth.
“A draw is no good”
Merson reckons just as much, tipping Klopp to name a strong line-up against the Magpies.
He feels Liverpool will have too much for Newcastle and run out 3-1 winners.
“You’ve got a team that’s won four on the trot playing against a phenomenal Liverpool side this weekend,” he wrote.
“This game will tell Newcastle how far they’ve come and how far they’ve got to go.
“I’d be shocked if Jurgen Klopp rotated his team this weekend.
“Villarreal were well out of their depth… and aren’t going to score three goals next week.
“Liverpool can even afford to lose that game, but they cannot drop points here.
“Liverpool must win this game because a draw is no good.
“City and Liverpool are miles ahead of every other Premier League team at the moment.
“Newcastle have done great – don’t get me wrong – but they’ll face a different kind of opponent in Liverpool.”
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