After the embarrassment of last Saturday’s 5-1 humiliation at Crystal Palace, where Alan Pardew’s side completely outclassed us, we were looking forward to some other players getting a chance against Liverpool on Sunday.
But since then we have picked up hamstring injuries to Jamaal Lascelles, Mike Williamson and Cheick Tiote has not recovered from his groin strain – and all three are not available for the very stiff test against the Reds.
Massadio Haidara is also out with that knee cartilage problem and will be out for at least four months so we don’t have many defenders available.
Mike Williamson – picked up hamstring strain two days after returning from Wolves
Apparently Steve McClaren was going to play a back five last Saturday at Palace, like Sam Allardyce had successfully employed in Sunderland’s 1-0 win at Selhurst Park, but with Haidara getting injured in training he had to abandon that.
The manager could play a back five against Liverpool tomorrow and may switch Dummett to center-back and bring in Kevin Mbabu at left back.
The back five could be Janmaat Coloccini Mbemba Dummett and Mbabu.
But we’d be surprised if he does that – but it’s a possibility in order to try to bolt the back door – which has been wide open in our previous two games.
And after all we are playing Liverpool who are now a rejuvenated attacking side under Jurgen Klopp and just tore Southampton apart 6-1 at St. Mary’s on Wednesday night in the League Cup.
Saints have a much better defense than Newcastle do.
In fact, McClaren doesn’t have too many players to choose from – so we this may be the team he starts on Sunday afternoon.
Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini (c) Mbabu
de Jong Perez Cisse Wijnaldum
Subs: Darlow Dummett Sterry Gouffran Sissoko Thauvin Mitrovic
We have Siem de Jong starting the game in place of Moussa Sissoko and with so few other players available it’s difficult to see what other changes McClaren could make.
We’d also be surprised if Steve does drop Sissoko.
With center-backs Lascelles and Williamson (and Steve Taylor) all out injured we cannot see Coloccini being dropped for this game.
And with Kevin Mbabu not fit we have him coming in at left back for the out of form Paul Dummett.
One worrying thing is that we have so many Newcastle players injured at the moment and coming up is the busy holiday schedule – but what’s new?
Until Newcastle try to find out why we pick up so many injuries each season – and do something about it – nothing will change for the better.
It’s only one thing of many different things at different levels wrong with Newcastle at the moment.
What would your team be for Sunday?
And with 92% thinking we will lose this game it’s a perfect opportunity for Newcastle to win the game and shock us all.
How Will Newcastle Fare Against Liverpool?
- Lose (90%, 5,410 )
- Win (6%, 355 )
- Draw (4%, 214 )
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