It’s not surprising that a lot has been made of the last time we met Liverpool at St. James Park, which was on Saturday, 27th April when we were humiliated 6-0, and that was only 13 days (unlucky for some) after we had been beaten 3-0 by Sunderland at home.
Alan Pardew - wants t see fire in the bellies
After Newcastle started the Liverpool game as though they were half asleep and were 2-0 down very quickly, we were hoping the lads could come back in the second half, but things got even worse and Newcastle gave an uninspired display in those final 45 minutes and leaked four more goals for the worst home defeat in decades.
It was not good.
So understanding the way in which the Newcastle side went down last time against Liverpool, maybe it’s not surprising that Alan Pardew wants to see some fire in the bellies of the Newcastle players who get the chance to get some recompense on Saturday:
“If there isn’t an extra bit of fire in the bellies of some of our players this weekend, then there’ll be something wrong.”
“There’ll be quite a few players playing who played on that day, and I’d be disappointed if they don’t respond. That’s what you like to see.”
“I certainly want to get a result more than in most games that we play.”
With Liverpool in such good form this season, and Sturridge and Suarez looking great up front, and with Coloccini missing tomorrow, and since we don’t know which Newcastle side will show up, we’d be very happy with a point.
This is the first game in a tough five game schedule that includes Sunderland (a), Manchester City (League Cup – h), Chelsea (h) and Tottenham (a).
The results of those games will tell us just how good or how poor a team we have this season, but we have to get something out of this game.