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Ex-Magpie Expected Tough Game Against Former Club

Gini Wijnaldum had a tough introduction to the Premier League in his inaugural season at Newcastle in 2015-16. Despite scoring 11 goals and adding 5 assists, it wasn’t enough to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

That summer Gini joined Liverpool where he has blossomed into a superb central midfielder. Klopp has used Wijhaldum in the center of the pitch similarly to where he played when at PSV. While he is not scoring as many goals as he did for Newcastle, he has become an indispensable part of this Liverpool team.

Speaking to the official Liverpool website after their win on Saturday, Georginio Wijnaldum said that he expected the Newcastle game to be a tough one.

Though the league leaders were heavy favorites, they were coming off of a break which saw most of their team on international duty. Jurgen Klopp admitted before the match that due to the internationals he was not able to prepare his side as much as he would have liked.

However, it was not meant to be for Newcastle despite an early lead. Liverpool were just too good and exploited some of Newcastle’s mistakes to cruise to victory.

This is what Gini Wijnaldum had to say about the match:

“We were expecting that it was going to be a really tough game against Newcastle, that’s also what the manager said before.”

“Nowadays in the Premier League, every opponent is difficult so we knew that it was going to be tough. Unfortunately, we were 1-0 behind but I think we did it good, we fixed it quick with the goal of Sadio and then make the 2-1.

“Even in the second half you saw how difficult it was because they created a few chances to score the 2-2, but I think overall we managed to defend them quite well and we scored the 3-1 and we won the game.”

Jurgen Klopp knows the importance of every fixture in the Premier League having fallen just a point short of the title last year. With Manchester City losing to Norwich on Saturday, Liverpool will have to take this mentality into every match as they now control their destiny.

Newcastle started very well against Liverpool, and there’s no shame in losing to the Champions League winners. However, they did make some mistakes and missed a massive chance early in the second half to level the score. So while they played decently enough, they could have done better.

There were little expectations of a result last week. This week, however, is the polar opposite and the lads are expected to get three points against Brighton.

40 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #1

    From the Chronicle

    Latest from Ciaran Kelly on Andy Carroll’s possible return.

    Andy Carroll got the nod from his London specialist on Friday and the Newcastle United striker has a crucial few days of training ahead of him.

    Steve Bruce said on Friday if that appointment went well, Carroll could be in line to be named among the Magpies’ substitutes against Brighton.

    Carroll took part in the non contact sections of training last week – the warm-up, boxes and possession drills – and his ankle has had no adverse reaction so the obvious next step is getting involved in the thick of the action at Benton. The 30-year-old has not played since February so is obviously lacking match sharpness so Bruce will still be wary of demanding too much too soon.

    Saying that, Carroll being named among the substitutes would give everyone a lift before a ball is even kicked as Newcastle have lacked firepower on the bench in recent weeks.

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #2


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Nor me!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Damn. to slow!!

  • c-dog

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Big Andy
    Get him in!

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Missed the bus:
    On injuries/fitness, I remember Rafa mentioning last season that performance levels go down (from player tracking stats) when players are not fully rested between games and that when players are ‘tired’ in this way there’s a greater chance of muscle injuries. With Shar I suspect that his international duties were directly related to his cramping up and hence increasing the chances of a calf strain. Manager’s should be aware of these risks and he should have been subbed at the first signs of cramping. Shar goes on more lung busting runs than most CBs and I think this is why he is more prone to cramping.
    The idea that to increase the cardiovascular power of an individual, short highly intensive bouts of full energy exercise followed by rest until the heart rate returns to normal; and repeated immediately once standing heart rate is achieved, this leads to longer periods of high intensity until the need to stop and quicker recovery times. This was probably cutting edge 10 years ago. Long runs are not not the answer for modern sportsmen.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #7


    That big chance fell to the wrong player, although he won’t be the last one to miss a chance like that.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Yes those bad offside decisions are really winding me up, that’s at least 3 goal scoring opportunities denied so far this season.
    Also found myself swearing out loud at Shelvey’s decision to shoot instead of playing Atsu through for a one on one with a simple pass.

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #9


    Does each of your identities have a different wife?

  • hibbit

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #10

    give the guy a chance he’s never played since February. he has to be brought up speed as if its his pre season slow and steady, he only started running a the beginning of the month. got to be 10/15 mins max till he’s up to speed,
    he ‘s come along way to get to this position it would be silly to risk everything now, slow and steady for me

  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #11
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 16, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Off-side decisions
    Do you stick or do you go??????….
    Almiron keeps going sticks the ball in the net v Watford – VAR was offside – booked
    Atsu through flagged for offside stops – was not offside
    Muto put through flagged for off-side – was not offside.

    If I was Bruce most likely tell the players to keep going and take a chance with VAR because our style of football with players playing of their last man we are going to get a lot of was he wasn’t he offside.

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Sep 16, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #13

    1-1 Andy comes on with 20 mins left scores from a header, flicks one on we score again.
    3-1 Newcastle, now that could be a good movie to watch this weekend.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 16, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Happy Birthday Rondon, cheers for last year..

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 16, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Play to the whistle, hasn’t changed

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Please do hold your breath, 22 minutes is the record, I’ll try and give you a shout if I see you getting near 25.

  • toon22

    Sep 16, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Rafa shows up
    Injuries dry up
    He leaves

    They return

    Total mystery

  • Online Guy

    Sep 16, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #18

    I was waiting for proof to the ends that Steve Bruce is his own man and would be trying to win at least the League cup

    First thing he does is drop 7 first team players against Leicester City …

    He is following Ashleys orders ..no cups please just survive .

    Steve Bruce is now complicit and compliant with Ashleys zero ambition for Newcastle United, proven 100%.

    The players are picking up their massive wages …the manager picking up his. It all rolls along as we watch on ..

    Sad demise , and do they give a toss ? Na.

    Mugs. Apathy rules OK.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 16, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Olg if he plays a full team v leicester and gets injuries to key players he gets panned on here. Rafa did same and presumably no reaction. For the record. I wud agree with both managers on this. Its not a rafa dig.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 16, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Ah at last a Rafa reference thought the day was getting away from us there. 😐

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Murton Mag totally ignoring the fact that all those who regularly “critiqued” Rafa such as Our Toon, beefman13 and yorkymag gave Rafa peters for it saying if Mcardew had of done that blah blah. Rafa went full strength against Hull in the league cup and made a load of changes in the following game against rock bottom Blackburn and got beat, then got pelters of yourself and all the other Rafa “critiquers”

  • kimbo

    Sep 16, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Joelinton is still a donkey. Makes Daryl Murphy look like £100million striker.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Or was it the other way round, we lost both anyhow.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #24

    That’s not only a bit harsh but completely untrue.

  • toon22

    Sep 16, 2019 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Let’s hope Wednesday is the beginning of the end for Jabba

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 16, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #26

    I’ve just read its every English mans right to carry a long bow and a quiver of arrows.

    It was written into the Magna carta.

    Does that mean I can go to the match with my bow and arrows that I’m buying asap?

  • NezzaNUFC

    Sep 16, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Wait… so Gino had more goals and assists at NUFC than at Liverpool?

    So the majority would say that McClaren was a better manager than Klop then!?

    Since most now are comparing Rafa to traitor Bruce each game!

    Sheeps out…..

  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Repealed in Victorian era
    In 1845, “An Act to Amend the Law concerning Games and Wagers” repealed any part of King Henry’s 1541 law making any “Game of Skill” unlawful or “which enacts any Penalty for lacking Bows or Arrows . . . or which regulates the making, selling, or using of Bows and Arrows . .

    Sorry OP

  • Mindshaft

    Sep 16, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Named on the bench at Brighton … surely that’s just a P.R move – Bruce said himself he’s only done training on his own with a half a non ball session with others …he clearly isn’t anywhere near fit enough to play at Brighton and pointless wasting a sub spot
    They’re trying to get some of the missing fans to return with the local hero bollox

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 16, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #30


    Damn you.

    It’s not for games or wagers, it’s for shooting peasants on the lawn.

    Although I’ve just been looking at the offensive weapons law, its murky too put it lightly.

  • Mindshaft

    Sep 16, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Nezza, you’re clearly drunk

  • IrishRob

    Sep 16, 2019 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib I dont get the nicola sturgeon thing whoever she is, wanna explain

  • Mindshaft

    Sep 16, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #33

    IrishRob – hot air )

  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #34

    The Hammers have to beat Villa away tonight to keep
    us out of the bottom three.
    Even a draw will tip us into the relegation ditch (on gd)

  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #35

    mindshaft got it

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 16, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Charlie, on offside with VAR…

    My understanding, and I may be wrong, is that once the linesman flags the decision is final and the player can’t go on and score even if VAR shows he was onside, The reason will be that defenders could play to the flag/whistle and give the attacker an unfair advantage.

    I think the rule is that, if the linesman isn’t certain, he should keep his flag down and then let VAR decide if a goal is scored.

    The problem with giving offside is that the linesman can’t look in two places at the same time. He stays level with the last man but has to look in a different place to see when the ball is kicked. If an attacker stays level and the runs onto the pass by the time the linesman looks across the attacker could be well ahead of the defender.

    This is exactly what happened with Al and Muto and the only solution is for linesmen to keep their flag down more often.

    I suspect though that there is pressure on them not to do that because it would slow the game down.

    That’s why I think VAR should only be used for goal line decisions and nothing else.

    Offside on and off has been a joke on too many occasions with VAR already.

  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Sturgeon is leader of the SNP formerly it was Salmond
    It’s all very fishy

  • Bladey

    Sep 16, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #38

    Big andy the saviour what a croc of poo
    While other teams blood top youngsters and buy top strikers good old nufc have to rely on a clapped out injury prone knob head
    And the same old muppets on here willing his inclusion go visit a shrink you deluded brain dead zombies
    You cease to amaze me with your stupidity
    Great football knowledge of nufc fans where did this come from because on here you haven’t got a bloody clue

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 16, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #39

    The problems in VAR are multiple and have screwed some of the laws already in place.

    Offside used to be clear daylight, attacker gets the benefit.

    Now on VAR it’s the furthest part of yourself foward, if you’ve got long hair and its blowing in the wind you could be 2ft offside.

    With that change linesman are trying to call the impossible and will get it wrong as often as they get it right.

    I preferred clear daylight.

    We’ll see this and other problems more and more as the season goes on.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 16, 2019 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Andy Carroll may not be “the saviour” but if it doesn’t work out the fans will nail someone to a cross.

    I’ll get my coat


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