Pundit Expects Newcastle To Do Better Than 4-0 Defeat Last Year – But Not By Much

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Newcastle will fare better than last season’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool. However, not too much better as he has us losing 3-0.

This is what Lawrenson has written in his prediction of the match:

Newcastle’s best performance of the season came in their win at Tottenham before the international break, when they circled the wagons.

I am sure Magpies boss Steve Bruce is going to set up his side the same way, camped in their own half to try to stifle Liverpool, but I don’t see it working this time.

The Reds are playing extremely well, and they have got more ways of scoring than most other teams that Newcastle will face. Jurgen Klopp’s side will find a way through.

We suspect Newcastle will try to do against Liverpool what was so successful at Spurs. We don’t have Matt Ritchie for this one and instead will rely on Jetro Willems at left-back. We should, however, have everyone else who played significant minutes at Tottenham available for this one, with the possible exception of Miguel Almiron who still needs to be assessed for fitness.

We are not expecting much results-wise against Liverpool but of course, want to see the lads give a committed performance. Jurgen Klopp has world-class talent at his disposal and having lost the title last year by such a slim margin, he will have his team focused. The league leaders did have the bulk of their squad take part in internationals the past few weeks, so this could be the best time to play them.

Mo Salah is one player who understands the importance of every match when you are fighting at the top of the table for the title. This is what he said about the game this Saturday as posted by the Chronicle:

“Newcastle is always tough home or away, the way they play. They have a good team and good players and a good coach. We just need to focus on ourselves and do our job.

“Last season we lost the Premier League by one point and just need to keep focusing on each game right now. We don’t need to lose any points.”

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