Full of optimism after years of being repressed by former owner Mike Ashley, Newcastle hosts Liverpool football club in what could be potentially one of the biggest games this season. So far, Liverpool secured a draw against Chelsea and impressed against Bournemouth despite going down to ten men. While Newcastle were electric against Villa winning 5-1, they were not so effective against Manchester City, losing 1-0. Some were surprised by their cautious tactics throughout the game, considering they should have been coming into the game full of confidence.
Both clubs have an air of mystery about them at this moment in time. Although Newcastle are riding high after securing the top four last year, many fans are not sure if they yet belong to the top tier of teams, although this is probably inevitable considering the financial backing that they now have. Their signings haven’t been the blockbuster moves that some were anticipating, but this has been smart. This year, additions such as Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes have really added a nice depth to the squad. Tonali fitting alongside Bruno Guimarães could be really something to write home about.
On the other hand, Liverpool still have a good core of players who have helped them achieve great success. The squad has been neglected, though, and it is the common consensus that they need a few more additions in order to achieve what they have become accustomed to. Recent question marks surrounding a Saudi-backed offer for superstar Mo Salah have the ability to destabilize the club further. Klopp has done wonders for Liverpool, but how much longer can he keep getting that extra 10-20% out of the players? Will he be given enough funds for Klopp Project 2.0?
Newcastle Vs Liverpool Tips
It wasn’t that long ago that Liverpool were coasting to victory every game they played, and we couldn’t pick any holes in their team. Manager Jurgen Klopp has always had to work with a small squad when compared to modern standards. Even when they won the league, it always felt like Liverpool depended on their starting eleven. In contrast to Manchester City, who had an elite squad. Please remember the season before last, they could have conceivably won a quadruple!
Alexander Isak is a player that looks like he that something special, and we are backing him to score the first goal in today’s match. Liverpool are likely to play with a high line, and this might just be to his liking. Some are comparing the Newcastle striker to Premier League and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. It might be a little too early to make such outlandish comments, but we certainly think he has the potential to smash it for Newcastle.
Newcastle Vs Liverpool Analysis
Liverpool have a fantastic team on paper, but there is clearly one area they need reinforcements. The midfield area. Departures of Jordan Henderson, James Milner, and Fabinho have left the squad a little light and short of a real presence in midfield. They have recently signed Endo from Stuttgart, who has the energy to burn, but with the greatest respect in the world, he wasn’t exactly the golden boy the Anfield crowd was dreaming of signing. Considering they were prepared to bid £110 million for Moises Caicedo, it is difficult to imagine that Klopp won’t be holding out for someone to feel this obvious void.
Newcastle’s squad is building perfectly at the moment. Tonali, Guimarães, and Joelinton in midfield are big, powerful, and a nightmare to play against. Isak is key to all their ambitions this year, as he really looks like a special player. Barnes, Gordon, and Almiron are also players whose pace might concern a fragile Liverpool defense. With both teams likely to be on the front foot, considering Newcastle are at home, we can certainly envision both teams scoring in this one.
Newcastle Vs Liverpool Predictions
When Eddie Howe was the manager of Bournemouth, he was often criticized for being too open. He did an outstanding job for the south coast side, but his expansive football led many to believe he could manage at the highest level, while many said he needed to learn quickly. His Newcastle side certainly has flair, but they are well-disciplined and are built on a solid defense. This could give them a real edge against a Liverpool side who are playing entirely on the front foot now.
Liverpool have enough attacking talent to win any game of football, so I wouldn’t want to write off their chances of winning this game, but one feels they will need to be stronger in the midfield than they were against Chelsea. They don’t really have someone to replace the likes of Henderson and Fabinho. Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai are good players, no doubt, but they don’t offer the physicality and legs the other two once did.
With this in mind, we are going to be bold here and post quite the lavish prediction of a 3-1 victory to the home side. We think this could be the game that makes Klopp beg the club to sign a superstar midfielder
Newcastle Team News
Newcastle’s primary injury worry revolves around Joelinton, the Brazilian midfielder who, since Howe has taken over, has been exceptional. Last season was an exceptional one, and Newcastle fans are hoping that he will be able to maintain this level of performance. Unfortunately, Joelinton had to leave the pitch with an injury slightly over 60 minutes into the game against Manchester City last weekend. As a result, his availability for the upcoming match against Liverpool is uncertain.
Adding to the team’s injury woes, Joe Willock, who plays alongside Joelinton in midfield, sustained a hamstring injury and is expected to be sidelined until after the international break.
Liverpool Team News
After being substituted during the second half against Bournemouth last weekend, Trent Alexander-Arnold was observed hobbling as he made his way through the tunnel. Following his departure from the field, the defender remained in the treatment room for the remainder of the game. This caused many Liverpool fans to raise concerns about who will replace him as right back, but manager Klopp has since downplayed the scale of the injury.
Mac Allister’s red card has since been overturned, so he is available for selection also. In the recent few hours, rumors have emerged that Mo Salah might be keen on making a big money move to Saudi Arabia. Therefore we will have our eyes on the starting lineups just to make sure the Egyptian superstar is present.