Opposing views: Newcastle United vs Liverpool fan preview
Ahead of Liverpool’s trip to face a struggling Newcastle United on Saturday, we took to Twitter to hear from you guys, the fans. With the Toon facing life at the bottom of the table, the Merseysiders will be hopefully of another three points under ‘the messiah’ Jurgen Klopp. The question is, can Steve McClaren’s side offer any form of resistance? Here’s what two of our followers had to say:
The hosts: Newcastle – Luke Taylor
I’m Luke Taylor and I am a forever struggling Newcastle United fan. My team is sitting in a relegation battle with the predicted future of actually going down.
Our previous results seen us lose 5-1 at the hands of Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace. A club with the manager who departed us and a player who gave us many incredible moments; Yohan Cabaye. A very tough one to take for us.
Manager approval rating -1/10
The current manager situation can be stated by many to be a negative one. Even though I did not want Steve McClaren to be appointed in the first place, you have to look further than him because the majority of the issue lies within the players ability and attitude. Some of them just aren’t good enough.
With the exception of Giorginio Wijnaldum, Chancel Mbemba and a small collection of others, certain players passion to pull on the black and white shirt and perform are terrible. Moussa Sissoko is one of the main culprits for myself. You cannot be nostalgic here because despite him bringing some wonderful moments for our team, he currently offers nothing. He’s not the only one though.
Predicted starting line-up:
I don’t expect there to be a vast swathe of alterations despite the aberration against Crystal Palace. Williamson may just about be fit enough for a place on the bench; having tweaked a hamstring after being recalled from a loan spell at Wolves, while Mitrovic could well earn a recall to start up front in place of Cissé.
Player to watch: Georginio Wijnaldum
A player to watch from us, despite there being a lack of them, is Georginio Wijnaldum. Of course it is. He’s our best player.
Most feared opposition player: Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho
The players to watch from Liverpool is Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian duo seem to be blossoming under Jurgen Klopp.
1-4. We are a shambles at the back and are leaking goals meaning I can’t see us stopping Liverpool scoring a few. Hopefully Aleksandar Mitrovic can grab a goal. He is not getting the service which is tailored to his style. I think he offers a lot and absolutely loves the club. Big fan.
You can follow Luke on Twitter here: @luke16taylor.
The visitors: Liverpool – Jez Roberts
I’m Jez. A Liverpool fan and History student living in Bath.
The recent form as been a dramatic improvement from the Rodgers-era. It may be nothing spectacular going forward, bar the Manchester City game, but the wins are starting to rack up under what is a difficult and congested period in the season and of course Steven Gerrard is back training with us!
Manager approval rating: 10/10
The current approval rating has to be 10 out of 10. I have become a fully fledged Kloppite.
Predicted starting line-up
It will be Mignolet, Clyne, Sktrel, Lovren, Moreno. Milner, Lucas, Henderson. Firmino, Coutinho and Sturridge or Benteke (It really depends on if Sturridge can sustain a week without injury and realistically the likelihood of that is slim). We will play in a 4-3-2-1 style and look to reap the rewards of Newcastle’s defensive fragility.
The player to watch for Liverpool has to be Coutinho. Under Rodgers, towards the end of matches, every time Coutinho got on a ball there was a sense that he would just cut inside and clip the ball over the bar into the stand. But now he has added goals, if the little magician can add consistency then every team will fear him.
Most feared opposition player: Moussa Sissoko
The most feared opposition player would have to be Moussa Sissoko, especially up against Alberto Moreno who has looked defensively weak at times. The physical presence of the Frenchman is something that will trouble the Liverpool wing-back.
Newcastle’s defensive woes will be perpetuated against this Liverpool side. We are looking compact defensively. I can see a 2 or 3-0 win for Liverpool but then this is Liverpool vs Newcastle in the Premier League, anything can happen. Interestingly, a defeat here could see the end to Steve McClaren or ‘the wally with the brolly’; as he shall forever be known, and Brendan Rodgers installed on Tyneside. Get your narrative klaxon at the ready!
You can follow Jez on Twitter here: @Jez__Roberts
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