Sam Allardyce successfully utilized a five-man back line in their game at Crystal Palace early last week and it worked well and they kept a clean sheet.
They also got a big bonus when Jermain Defoe scored a late goal after 80 minutes to take all 3 points from Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace.
After we were slaughtered 5-1 at Selhurst Park last Saturday, Steve McClaren was asked why he didn’t play a five man back line like Allardyce had used so successfully five days previously.
He said we were planning that until Massadio Haidara picked up that knee injury in training which now has him out for over four months.
Jurgen Klopp celebrates with two of his players
The Frenchman is having an operation on the knee this week in France and that’s more and more injuries for Newcastle again this season – it doesn’t help.
We suppose Sadio would have come in at left back and Paul Dummett would have gone into one of the middle three with Coloccini and Mbemba.
But why couldn’t Steve have used Lascelles there and kept Dummett at left-back and still played five at the back?
It didn’t happen and we looked far too porous once again in defense at Selhurst Park.
And there’s news in the Northern Echo today that McClaren is looking at using a back three against Liverpool on Sunday.
We have to hope the team practices that formation a lot this week because if there is any hesitancy on how we play against the Reds we’ll be taken apart again.
With Mike Williamson being recalled from his successful loan spell earlier this week, Mike could start the game and the back three could be Mbemba Coloccini and Williamson.
Lascelles is unavailable with a groin strain he picked up in the game last Saturday.
Fit again Kevin Mbabu could also start this game – in place of the struggling Paul Dummett.
We have to admit to being very worried about this Newcastle team right now – and if Liverpool get an early goal then heaven knows what may happen.
The last thing we want to see is another shellacking – this time from a rejuvenated Liverpool side under their impressive new manager Jurgen Klopp.
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