Keegan Upbeat About Newcastle Chances Tomorrow

It turns out that Kevin Keegan is the last Newcastle manager to beat Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League, in 1994.


Kevin Keegan – has his players ready for battle tomorrow

The Newcastle United manager told the Evening Chronicle today:

“If you go to Anfield expecting to get nothing that is exactly what you will get.”“That’s why we will go there tomorrow expecting to come home with something – and we are going to have a go and make sure we give them a good game.”

“And don’t forget we are going there after what we all thought was a very encouraging performance against Blackburn Rovers last Saturday.”

“Yes, Liverpool have a strong squad, but when haven’t they?” “Obviously, it was disappointing to lose that match (against Blackburn). But it would have been more disappointing if we had played badly and lost.”

“In those days, when we went to the likes of Liverpool we expected to win.” “We are still capable of winning tomorrow, but really you cannot compare the state of the two clubs at the moment and we are going there in rather different circumstances to 1993-94.”

Keegan seems very upbeat about tomorrow, and that will rub off on his players who played with a rare confidence last Saturday.

The Magpies outplayed Blackburn in every facet of the game last week except putting the ball in the back of the net. But then again we had absolutely no luck whatsoever.

We’re hoping we can get something out of tomorrow’s game – and we think we can.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • George

    Mar 7, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #1

    One thing about KK is he is the eternal optomist.
    It would be nice to think that we could take 3 points from anfield, but unless liverpool have 3 players sent off and have 3 or 4 playing with injuries, then i am afraid i am looking no further forward than the Birmingham game and 3 points, and only because it is my birthday that day and hopefully a nice present.

  • tdt

    Mar 7, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #2

    yep, hopefully we’ll win 5-0, but unfortunately i have the feeling we’ll only win 3-1… oh well, beggers cant be choosers 🙂

  • Marty

    Mar 7, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Ah well no problem taking points here,we just have a goal difference between us of 53!!!!!!!
    Nothing really ha ha.
    Hope we do well n dont look a shambles(babayaro)

  • Betting on the Toon

    Mar 7, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #4

    He does sound upbeat about this one and maybe a draw is achievable at Anfield. Owen will certainly be up for it and if he gets a rough reception from the crowd again, that should make him all the more determined to prove a point. Just saw that Mascherano is out for Livepool too, so that’s a bonus as he’s been looking good recently apparently.

  • toonoholic

    Mar 7, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #5

    keegan had a good record against manchester too .. we still got beaten 5-1 . lets not talk about past statistics !

  • Ste

    Mar 7, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #6

    “I’d love if we beat ‘em, I’d love it”, wouldn’t we all! Sadly I can’t see us having a chance. We all know that Liverpool have two teams that can turn up, the one that beats Inter 2 – 0 and the one that drops points against Fulham. But to be honest I can’t see us beating either one. A hat-trick of hat-tricks for Torres!!!

  • Eric

    Mar 7, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #7

    It would be great to win at Anfield. Not with Smith and Butt. The apprehension is not that we will not win even if we do play well – but that Smith and Butt will perform dismally again. I would rather lose with Carroll in the team – at least he will run his socks off and actually try and score a goal. Perhaps the papers are right and Smith does have “must not score” clause in his contract. What is wrong with his hair? Did somebody frighten him in front of goal?

  • Obafan

    Mar 7, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Eric – I think Smith is trying everything out to score a goal. He now has done something with his hair and he hopes to frighten the defenders and then he might score one. But I can’t see it working; to frighten the defenders he really has got nothing to do; if you just look at his face; you think you’re in the middle of a horror movie.

    Butt will play (as I read between the lines of a KK interview); I prefer Butt over Smith any time, but I’m really having bad feelings taht KK will put them together in the middle of the park. If he does so, we will get blown away. So please KK, for once, let Smith rest on the bench and let the good players play their game!!!

  • Matthew Tom

    Mar 7, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Smith’s problem is he never faces towards the goal himself and is apparently incapable of passing even square never mind forwards. Nothing wrong with receiving the ball with back to goal (Shearer nearly always did) but he never turns towards goal himself and 99% of the time he just passes it back into midfield. He just never seems to see the more interesting pass. I’ve been a big Smith fan in the past but someone needs to remind him which way the effin goal is and what attacking actually means.


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