Liverpool v Newcastle
Barclays Premier League
Friday, December 30. Kick-off: 1945
Geordie ace Andy Carroll will be hoping to use his massive frame to widen the point difference between Newcastle United and Liverpool.
It’s uncertain what type of reception Carroll will receive. On one hand some may say he deserted, whilst others will understand that the club couldn’t refuse Kenny Dalglish’s offer of £35 million. The monetary boost has allowed Alan Pardew to sign key players who have boosted Newcastle’s league form this season.
Carroll may have scored only five goals since his mammoth transfer but in the absence of Luis Suarez, today’s Anfield clash presents him with a confidence boosting opportunity.
In contrast, Demba Ba has taken over Carroll’s old mantle as the Toon hitman, scoring 14 goals in a blistering streak of for the Geordies.
Steven Gerrard is likely to start on the bench again. Kenny Dalglish will not rush the Skipper’s comeback.
Despite a knock to the knee against Bolton Wanderers, Demba Ba, Newcastle United’s top scorer is available for selection.
Steven Gerrard has scored six goals in his last eight Premier League games against Newcastle.
Alan Pardew’s men hacve not scored at Anfield since 2004.
Liverpool have drawn six home matches this season, with five games ending 1-1.
Out of the last ten clashes, Liverpool have won eight, whilst the Magpies have won 2.
Maxi Rodriguez has scored 11 goals in his last 12 starts in all competitions for Liverpool. Nine have been scored in his last nine Premier League matches.
Newcastle have not beaten Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League since April 1994.
The last three Anfield clashes have seen the Reds win 3-0.
Kenny Dalglish’s men have failed to score more than once in their last six matches at home.