We watched the Liverpool – Manchester City game on Sunday – and what a game it was, with Liverpool again looking great – especially in the first half when they went 2-0 up, but Manchester City came roaring back to make it 2-2 in the second half before a mistake by all people – City skipper Vincent Kompany – allowed the impressive Philippe Coutinho to get the winner.
Steven Gerrard – could win Premier League for the first time
He’s won everything else with the Reds
And Liverpool now have the chance – it’s a certainty if they win their last four games of the season – to become Premier League Champions for the first time in their history, and that would be the 19th time they have won the English League title, the last one being back in 1990.
And to think Newcastle finished in 5th position two years ago with 65 points, and Liverpool were languishing in 8th position on only 52 points – one place behind Everton – and then last year they were 7th and Newcastle were 16th – but the Reds were still one place behind Everton – but this season they could become the PL Champions for the first time.
So what’s happened in the last two years at Newcastle?
Last season could be put down to the rigors of the Europa League, and we just didn’t have a big enough squad and of course we lost Demba Ba fifteen months ago.
And this season was going to be a recovery season, and through the end of last year we were doing well, but then we sold another of our best players in January – Yohan Cabaye.
Once contrast with Newcastle is that Liverpool don’t sell their best players, and they were determined to keep Luis Suarez – and that’s paid off for them big time this season – he’s the leading scorer and also has the most assists in the Premier League.
It’s this year that things have fallen apart for Newcastle following our disastrous previous season in the Premier League, and we are on this terrible league run of 11 defeats in 16 league games.
And we’ll now be lucky if we can finish in 9th place, and if don’t get a couple of wins in the last four games, Stoke City could even pip us to 9th place.
Of course two years ago Liverpool fired Kenny Dalglish and appointed Brendan Rodgers as their new manager, and he has them playing some wonderful stuff.
And Everton appointed Roberto Martinez last summer (he would have been great at Newcastle), and he has Everton in 4th place and playing some terrific football too.
We’re sure a lot of Newcastle fans are looking at these two appointments and thinking if Newcastle could appoint the right young manager, then we could be quickly flying high too – but of course it doesn’t always turn out that way.
It hasn’t worked for Sunderland appointing Gus Poyet earlier this season, and it now looks like they will be relegated, unless they can get say three wins in their last six games.
I’m meeting my friend Peter for lunch in an hour or two at an Irish pub over here, and Peter was born and bred in Sunderland, so he’s not too happy right now with his team.
We suppose there could be some changes made by Mike Ashley if Alan Pardew cannot turn this thing around before the end of the season, but if that doesn’t happen, then we hope that Newcastle will do a reset, and bring in six or seven top players over the summer months, and let some of the fringe players leave – and then we’ll hope for the best.
But we are also concerned that the negative press on Newcastle over the last few weeks, will not help us in recruiting good players this summer.
The bottom line is that in the seven years we have had Mike Ashley running the club, we’ve had only one season when the side has finished in the top ten – and this could be the second season.
But this season feels nothing like being a success, but it’s still the second best we’ve done under Mike Ashley – and of course it’s nothing like the nirvana the Liverpool fans are experiencing right now.
What do you think?