Liverpool have not been in good form this year, but Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants to make sure Newcastle don’t open the door for them this afternoon at St. James’ Park.
Kenny Dalglsih – under great pressure to win the game today
Newcastle have lost only two home games at St. James’ Park this season, against Chelsea and West Brom, and today is not the time to slip up for a third time.
With Newcastle now 8 points ahead of Liverpool in the league table, the least we need to do today is to get the draw, but Alan Pardew will no doubt be going for the win.
Alan was at the Liverpool game against Wigan last weekend and he says Liverpool did not not play well in their surprising 2-1 home defeat against the relegation fighting club:
“I was at their game with Wigan last Saturday and they didn’t function very well on the day, but I didn’t sense any criticism of Kenny.” “I think that the criticism is media driven.”
“You live and die by results and Kenny knows how important results are to Liverpool.” “My old mates there, Kevin Keen and Steve Clarke, know their stuff and know that they’re not firing on all cylinders at the moment.”
“They will try to put it right.” “We have to make sure we don’t open the door. If we do, they’re going to come flying through with people like Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt, all fantastic players.’’
Newcastle should have both Cheick Tiote and Ryan Taylor back from injury today in the starting line-up, and Newcastle may play in the 4-3-3 formation that tore West Brom apart last week in the first half.
A win is what we all want to see, and that will depend a lot on how Mike Williamson and James Perch play in central defense, as James comes in for the injured Fabricio Coloccini.
And all 3 points would make it three wins on the trot, and a great start to the final run-in to the season, and would put Newcastle on 53 points, and 10 points clear of 7th placed Everton.