Two of the best central midfielders in the Premier League will go head to head this afternoon at Anfield, when Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard makes his 600th appearance for his home-town club, and Newcastle’s French International Yohan Cabaye makes his 49th appearance for Newcastle, after joining from Lille in the summer of 2011.
Steven Gerrard in England colors – a great player
Yohan has today been interviewed in the Independent, and he has talked about the game today, and just how good Steven Gerrard is:
“I didn’t know that.” “I do know that it’s still difficult to play at Liverpool.” “I’ve played two times at Anfield and lost 3-0 with Lille and 3-1 with Newcastle last season. It was my shot that hit Daniel Agger and went in for an own goal.”
That happens to be the only goal credited to Newcastle in six visits to Anfield. The last Newcastle player to score there was Patrick Kluivert in a 3-1 loss in December 2004.” “For me, Liverpool are still a big team, a good team with good players. “
Unfortunately for them, they haven’t had good results, but that’s not the most important thing to us. We have to try to win the game and to have an ‘away from home’ mentality.”
“Liverpool have to react after that result against Swansea.” “We are wary of that.” “We have to play as a unit and fight for the three points.” “I came because the Premier League is the best league,” the 26-year-old says. “To play against Gerrard and the other big players and teams was the main reason why I came here.”
“I don’t want to disrespect the other players at Liverpool but for me, Gerrard is the key player. He’s the best player. He’s still excellent and his passing is very good. He can win the game for his team with his delivery or his finishing.” “When France played England at Euro 2012, Laurent Blanc told us that he was the best player and we had to look after him.”
“Two games a week has been difficult” “It means we have to work harder than we did last season. We know that. We must keep working in training and keep the right mentality.”
Newcastle may be catching Liverpool at a very good time or a very bad time, after their shock 3-1 loss at Anfield in the Capital One Cup to Swansea in midweek.
An early goal from the visitors could put some doubt in the Liverpool player’s minds, but we’ve never seen Liverpool give up this season, and they fight until the end – like any good side.
But with Steven playing his 600th game and the Reds wanting to make up to their fans for that embarrassing loss in midweek, it could be a bad time for Newcastle to play the Reds.
But Newcastle are a good side, and there have been signs in the last few games that our players are coming into top form, and we’ve also had a full week of preparation for this game.
We are upbeat about the possibility of Newcastle winning a league game at Anfield for the first time since April of 1994.
That has to be a big motivation for our players – and we can do it.
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