MATCH PREVIEW – Liverpool vs Newcastle: Howe’s side face difficult trip to Anfield amidst rise in Premier League covid cases
The Magpies travel to title contenders Liverpool on Thursday evening as the Premier League experiences rapid rise in Covid-19 cases following midweek testing.
Newcastle will be looking for an improved performance after their abysmal 4-0 defeat at the Foxes last time out. Howe’s side sit 19th in table with the joint-worst defensive record having shipped 34 goals in their 16 games so far this season.
Liverpool head into the midweek fixture looking to move within a point of league leaders Manchester City and claim their twelfth win of the season. The Reds came out 1-0 winners vin their previous two games and will be hoping to make it a more comfortable victory come 8pm.
Newcastle’s away form is the worst in the division, and the Mags have only found the net five times on the road. The trip to Liverpool represents their toughest fixture so far this season.
However, the visitors will be hoping for a respectable outcome on Thursday evening and are expected to set up in a defensive formation in an attempt to nullify the attacking threat of the home side.
Klopp’s Liverpool are unbeaten in each of their last nine games against the Magpies, who are winless in their last 25 visits to Anfield.
Newcastle did claim a surprise 1-1 draw at Anfield last term thanks to Joe Willock, who is yet to perform to the same level in the 2021-22 season. The visitors look to take hope from their last trip the Merseyside and will have to pull off a Christmas miracle to get anything out of the fixture this time round.
The home side have won seven consecutive games in all competitions and are unbeaten at Anfield this season, with the Magpies looking like the next side to fall short when they visit this evening.
Newcastle put in a particularly poor display last time out and had no answer for Leicester who despite facing a covid outbreak, had far too much for the Magpies and hit the back of the net four times with no reply.
The game comes as part of an extremely challenging festive period for the team from Tyneside, who face home games against both Manchester sides following their trip to Anfield, which could prove to be a nightmare before Christmas for manager Eddie Howe.
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- The Magpies haven’t won away to Liverpool in the Premier League since 1993-94.
- Mohamed Salah has the perfect scoring record against Newcastle United at Anfield and has found the back of the net in all four home games against the Magpies.
- Newcastle have won just two of their last 14 midweek Premier League games, winning 4-1 at Bournemouth in July 2020 and 1-0 against Sheffield United in May last season.
Newcastle defender Federico Fernandez faces an extended period out of the squad with a thigh injury (sustained in training) while Paul Dummet (hamstring) remains unavailable until 2022.
Midfielder Sean Longstaff is expected to return to the matochday squad having been left out of the trip to Leicester last Sunday. Ciaran Clark remains doubtful to start following his sending off against relegation rivals Norwich City just a few weeks ago.
Eddie Howe may revert to a more defensive formation in the visit to Liverpool given his sides woeful defensive record this season after conceding four more goals in their last away game.
For Liverpool, Brazilian fan-favourite Roberto Firmino returns to the squad following a period of six weeks on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury earlier in the season. Curtis Jones returns to the matchday squad after his eye injury but is thought to need a few more days to be back to full fitness and therefore is expected to be an unused substitute on Thursday evening.
Portuguese star Diogo Jota returns after a knock while injury time hero from Molineux, Divock Origi, is unavailable for the second game running with a knee problem. Klopp may consider changes before a meeting with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, with Naby Keita, Kostas Tsimikas and Ibrahima Konate all in contention to start.
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Who would make your starting eleven to face Liverpool? Can Howe’s side put in a decent performance? How will the Magpies get on in the festive period?
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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?
footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.
They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’
Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..
Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.
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Amazon filming Newcastle United for “All or Nothing” style documentary
Amazon Prime are currently filming behind-the-scenes footage at Newcastle United for a new documentary.
The docu-series will provide an insight into the club and its efforts to secure a top-four finish and a piece of silverware in the 2022-23 season.
Reports today revealed that camera crews have been filming a four-part documentary for their All or Nothing series. Sky Sports’ Keith Downie confirmed that the series will cover the club and the new owners as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy.
The All or Nothing series has previously documented other Premier League Clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spurs as well as the Brazilian national team, Juventus, and the All Blacks of rugby.
Something I mentioned last night on @tfNUFC: Camera crews have been filming behind-the-scenes at Newcastle United for a four-part documentary to be shown on Amazon.
The series will chart the club & its owners as they attempt to win a trophy & qualify for The Champ League #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) February 8, 2023
Newcastle face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final on February 26 at Wembley.
🗓️ 26.02.23@ManUtd 🆚 @NUFC #EFL | #CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/V23zWPDoxP
— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) February 1, 2023
The Magpies have featured three times in Europe’s most prestigious competition.
Most recently in the 2003-04 season as they reached the third qualifying round, eventually losing on penalties to Serbian side FK Partizan.
The season before the Toon finished third in the 2002-03 Champions League group stages, winning twice against Bayer Leverkusen and drawing with Inter Milan 2-2 at the San Siro. The lineup that night; Given, Solano, O’Brien, Dyer, Shearer (C), Bellamy, Speed, Griffin, Hughes, Dabizas and Viana.
The series is expected to air later this year and will be available on Amazon Prime.
Based on previous seasons, you can expect exclusive access to training sessions, team meetings and match days, giving fans an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis at Newcastle United.
It is set to be an incredible storyline and one that should provide fans with some real insight into what it takes to compete at the top level of professional football.
What do you think Newcastle fans?
Does this excite you or do you stand more with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who once said the cameras could be intrusive to the dressing room when he turned down the offer from Amazon In 2018?
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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.
Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.
This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.
Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.
EXCL: Everton have submitted a bid to sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea. It’s £40m proposal plus £5m add ons. 🚨🔵 #EFC
Chelsea will make a decision soon as there are also other clubs interested in Gallagher — and player has to decide his future too. pic.twitter.com/xZeuGqaR01
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2023
The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche.
But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.
🚨| Conor Gallagher is not interested in a move to Everton 🔵 pic.twitter.com/0CYzXjBoBd
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 30, 2023
This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.
This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.
Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.
Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.
Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.
In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.
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