Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan returns to the Newcastle United side against Liverpool for Alan Pardew’s first game in charge along with fellow midfielder Joey Barton for the tough game against Liverpool.
That’s great news for Newcastle fans, and now the lads need to show their character and put in a good and gutsy performance this afternoon – that’s all fans will be looking for.
Barton sat out last Sunday’s defeat at West Bromwich Albion with a groin injury and Kevin Nolan has been rested for a couple of weeks to let his ankle injury heal completely.
As expected, Nolan and Barton come in for Wayne Routledge and Danny Guthrie, who both were ineffective last week in the defeat at West Brom, and they are both on the bench today.
Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson are serving the last game of their three-match suspensions.
This is an early announcement of the team, which caught us a little bit by surprise – but it’s the best team Newcastle can field with all the players we have available.
So no surprises at all with the team that Alan Pardew is fielding, in his very important first game as manager of Newcastle United.
Goalkeeper Steve Harper, out since September, is on the bench for this afternoon’s game, so he will be pushing Tim Krul for the goalkeeper position from now on, and he came through a practice game in midweek, in which he saved a penalty.
It’s also good to see Alan Pardew has Nile Ranger on the bench – because part of his job at Newcastle is to bring through the substantial young talent at the club.
Torres starts for Liverpool, so we have to hope Sol Campbell is on his game this afternoon, along with Steven Taylor.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Campbell, Enrique; Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez; Ameobi, Carroll
Subs: Harper, Guthrie, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Perch, Smith, Ranger
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Konchesky, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Meireles, Lucas, Kuyt, Maxi, Ngog, Torres
Subs: Jones, Kelly, Aurelio, Poulsen, Cole, Jovanovic, Babel