This Is Newcastle’s Best Side For Liverpool

It was another pathetic performance from Newcastle United at Sunderland last time out, and it was on a par with our previous two road games when we were hammered 3-0 at Everton and 5-0 at Manchester City.

Newcastle United  Training Session

John Carver – doesn’t have much choice

Newcastle haven’t scored a goal in our last three away games, so unless Newcastle can shock everybody tonight  and play well away from home, we have no hope of getting anything out of this game.

John has talked about the lack of character in the Newcastle team, and he’s right about that,  so it’s almost certain he has to make some changes to the starting line-up after the latest embarrassment at the Stadium of Light.

We have nobody available that wasn’t available to play at Sunderland – so it’s not like Carver has a lot of players to choose from – which is just one of the problems we’ve had this year.

This could be the side that John starts tonight:

Taylor (R) Williamson Janmaat Colback
Sissoko (c) Gutierrez
Obertan Armstrong Cabella
Subs: Elliot Anita Kemen Abeid Ameobi Gouffran Riviere

That’s just two changes from the side that started at Sunderland, with Obertan and Armstrong coming in for Ameobi and Gouffran.

Adam Armstrong should be given his chance, because he can do no worse than other players Carver has tried.

The Newcastle youngster can also score some goals, so it could be a great platform for the 18 year-old to show his precocious skills.

And as we said,  it’s not like Carver has a lot of choice.

What would your team be tonight for the game at Anfield?

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18 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Give Armstrong a start tonight but don’t leave him isolated up front on his own.

    Have got a feeling it could be another 4 or 5 nil defeat coming out way.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Think Satkas career here will never happen. If he can’t get an appearance when we only have 1 centreback hes neverr going to get a chance. Wasn’t even on the bench against Arsenal.
    If i was Brendan id play Balotelli and Sturridge. Balotelli especially. Strikers tend to break their droughts against us.
    Dread to see Sterling running at Taylor and Willo

  • lochinvar

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Just read an extract from Carvers block buster book of quotes on “How to motivate your players and win friends”

    “Anfield – the history of football for me ( John Carver and I’m a Geordie at New as the United ) is Anfield and if you don’t want to go there and have a go, then don’t be a professional footballer.”

    Could someone issue a gagging order on this nonesense please

  • lochinvar

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #4

    * Newcastle

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Lochinvar…Found it, interesting article.

    For those interested:

    “In terms of what must be done at Sports Direct, the IoD’s Mr Parry said: “It’s hard to be prescriptive, but power lies with shareholders” who must voice concerns at the firm’s annual meeting on 10 September.

    Investors, employees and customers alike can watch Mr. Ashley to see whether this time he’d like to defend himself against these new allegations.

    Power lies where? Was it with Ashley?

  • Clematis

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    That is definitely NOT the best side; we’d be dead and buried in the first 5 minutes.

    We need to play as many people in familiar positions as we can; for example:


    Guti (rb for the argies); Jaanmat; Satka (no Willo…forchristsake); Anita (got his cap for Holland playing lb for Ajax)

    Sissoko (rw – he can’t play cm); Abeid; Colback; Cabella (lw – interchange with Socks)

    Perez; Rivi

    Feel free to rip this to bits, but there’s no one in that line up that hasn’t previously performed the role in question.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    That may well be the side JC selects, however it isn’t the best available surely?

    Personally, I’d prefer to see Sissoko shifted to the right wing (no Overran), Colback and Abeid in the central midfield positions with Guti playing right back, Raylor left back.

    I’m not sure this is the right time to give Arma a start, but given the alternative options available….

    Ibiza, from previous,
    I agree, that numbers alone shouldn’t decide whether this protest is a success or not, if protests and demonstrations are held often enough then gradually more and more people will join in – from small acorns and all that garb.

    However, a poor boycott, and an underwhelming number of protesters will be seen as a weakness and further divisions within the support. If those at the game protest against the regime then that will lessen the effect. It would be used by people wanting to detract from the situation as evidence that there isn’t an overwhelming anti Ashley feeling.

    Hopefully Ashley out will roll with the punches initially, and maintain a sustained campaign. I have had contact with them, and they have said that they are prepared for a long campaign and have a number of ideas for different forms of protests.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #8

    lochinvar…I am getting wound up by Carver’s constant mutterings, but I think it’s important to remember, that’s probably why he’s here.

    After the sackpardew campaign, this could just be a little taster of “don’t mess with me” from Ashley. With the view when he does something semi-competent we are all relieved.

    The more fans direct their anger at Carver, the getter for Ashley. Each time there is a “change” at the club, it buys Ashley a new honeymoon period, a time where as fans we’re expected to be reasonable and patient.

    This isn’t about Carver, it’s not about one game against Liverpool, it’s not about constant losses to the Mackems – it’s all of it.

    Everyone read Bobbys quote that Ed has on the blog. Does it still feel the same? That’s the issue here for me.

  • hibbit

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    the simple fact is we don’t have a line up that’s good enough to win at anfield

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #10

    I’ve not seen Rivi ‘perform’ as a centre forward while at this club!! 😉

  • Clematis

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Haha, Lilongwe!

    True re Rivi, but only going off past Monaco experience. And he is more effective off a partner. And I would just love it if he came good.


  • Clematis

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    The ‘????’ was supposed to be a smiley emoticon!

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Lil…At the end of the day, people will say and think what they chose, the key is to not allow OURSELVES to become disheartened. That’s where the battle is lost and what Ashley is counting on.

    I fully accept in the past, some of those associated with anti regime groups have carried a bit of bad rep with lots of fans / posters, I’m not really interested in getting in to all that,it’s past, but with that in mind, I do expect for the first protest to be smaller than most would like. People will be testing the water or should I say, allowing others to test the water, judge their reaction to the temperature to see if they want to jump on in after them.

    What’s your general feeling about having had some contact?

  • Reyantoon

    Apr 13, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #14

    First time I disagreed with you ED:
    If we go with your line up,surely we will be hammered. The 1st eleven should be:


  • Moonraker15

    Apr 13, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15


    I agree Ed’s team will get murdered; probably any team we put out will actually but we need to pack the midfield and play one up front to have any chance at all !

  • trebor85

    Apr 13, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #16

    ok, I may be missing something here but I would say our best line up is as follows:


    R Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Jonas (played LB for Argentina many times)

    RM Cabella, CM Abeid, CM Colback (our best ball playing midfielder) LM Sammy,

    CAM Sissoko

    CF Perez.

    This makes sure we can keep the ball a bit better, are compact in defence and also allows Sissoko to drive at the opposition and support Perez.

  • CHiA

    Apr 13, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #17

    No Gouffran please he’s a disaster

  • Malta Mag

    Apr 13, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Swap Jonas to left back bring Jack into midfield alongside Abeid and throw Sisokko onto the right wing where he’s best suited. Result 0-2 I’m afraid but Armstrong has to play up alongside Perez and on the shoulder of their last defender. Who knows?


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