Liverpool travel to Northeast England to take on Newcastle, the former breeding grounds of Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique. Liverpool won 3-1 earlier this year at Anfield with one of Liverpool’s more convincing performances.
It’s impossible to not ask questions about this Liverpool side currently. Signs would point towards a good display; as this is against a team at the top of the table, but also on the road. But anything can happen. Maybe we will be graced with the enlightening performance that was Wigan, or we could see the team that performed for 75′ against QPR (not the part we let in three goals).
Newcastle are sitting sixth in the table, one position ahead of Liverpool. Should be a good affair.
Who will start for Liverpool?
Lets be honest, this team changes so much, it’s impossible to pick who starts in midfield and in attack.
Reina will anchor the side at keeper. Skrtel and Enqirue will probably be in the line up. Depending on fitness at right back, Glen Johnson or Martin Kelly will get a start. If not, it could be Jon Flanagan or Jamie Carragher. It would be nice to see Coates in the line up though.
Spearing and Gerrard seem to have midfield locked down. There could be an inclusion of Jordan Henderson at the expense of either Dirk Kuyt or Carroll, especially on the road. With Charlie Adam out for the year, don’t be surprised to see more of Jonjo Shelvey.
Stewart Downing seems to be in favor to Kenny Dalglish after he has performed much better recently. Luis Suarez should be a lock also to start up front. The surprise lately has been a lack of Carroll. His insertion into the line up after the half is what sparked the little work Liverpool gave against Wigan. Kuyt might also hit the other flank, and him and Downing can easily switch sides depending on the circumstances.
How can Liverpool win?
Show a little desire. Finishing hasn’t become the biggest problem for Liverpool any. With three goals against QPR and almost two against Wigan, Liverpool are hitting the back of the net a little bit. The defense has been the underperformers. Skrtel is starting to have the long season affect him, which is bad for Liverpool with Daniel Agger still trying to fix that rib. Coates has looked really good while he has been in, and there really is no reason not to start him.
But the coach knows more than I do, and I will respect that with not calling for his head right now. Mostly because I’m calm and have little to worry about. If I’m staring at another Liverpool defeat, I may say something I could regret.
But until next time. YNWA.