We could see Mikel Merino start a game for the first time in a long while tomorrow at Liverpool if Jonjo Shelvey is not fit to play.
Mikel has been suffering from a back injury, but he is now fully recovered from the injury he picked up last October.
Mikel is a favorite both amongst the fans and players alike, and he has settled in very quickly at Newcastle for a player who is still only 21-years-old.
Mikel Merino – could get opportunity at Liverpool
Mikel has been interviewed today, and he started by talking about his teammates:
“It’s great to have these team-mates.”
“You’re always good with your team-mates, it doesn’t matter about the nationality, but it’s normal that with your team-mates from the same country that you’re even closer.”
“They’re brilliant guys. I always have a good time with them in training and, for example on New Year’s Eve.”
“It brings us closer. I’m enjoying my time with them.”
“I have not found a really good Spanish restaurant yet, but I’m trying to find it.”
“I ask my mother, every time she comes to Newcastle, to bring some food, some jam or things like that.”
“The food here is not that bad!”
“This league is like this. There are a lot of teams in the bottom,”
“You win two games and you are up, you lose two games and you are down. We know it. We have to be focused on our goal.”
“We have to play each match like it’s the last and give 100%. We know that’s the way to win matches.”
“You can give 100% and lose the match. That’s football.” “It’s not a maths exam. You cannot predict what’s going to happen.”
“If you give your 100%, then I’m sure at the end of the season we will be in a good position.”
Rafa will give his press conference today at 12 noon – a little earlier than usual.
We should know then know the status of Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle for tomorrow’s game.
After tomorrow we have a home game against Southampton the following Saturday and then have a full three weeks off.
One in eight fans think we can win this game tomorrow.