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Liverpool Game Needs Treated Like A Cup Final By NUFC

9 years ago


Newcastle’s game against Liverpool is a fantastic opportunity for Alan Pardew’s men to really make their mark at the top of the Premier League table.

Both Chelsea and Liverpool stuttered in their last games against Spurs and Wigan respectively giving the Magpies some breathing room in fifth place.

Liverpool sit in sixth, eight points behind Newcastle and a win for Pardew’s team would open the gap to 11 points and if Chelsea failed to beat Aston Villa Newcastle would move back up to fifth in the league.

Kenny Dalglish’s side has hit a bad patch of form falling to poor defeats against relegation strugglers QPR and Wigan Athletic. There might not be a better time to play them all season.

Newcastle side have had the rub of the green with results around them the last few weeks and the players have backed that up with consecutive victories at home against Norwich and away at West Brom.

Hatem Ben Arfa has been instrumental in his role on the right-hand side and had arguably his best game in a black and white shirt at the Hawthornes after scoring one and setting up January signing Papiss Cisse on two occasions in a convincing 3-1 win

Cisse was stretchered off during the game but it was revealed shortly after that he had to come off after suffering from cramp.

Newcastle lost captain Fabricio Coloccini to a hamstring strain at half time, but James Perch performed admirably in his stead at centre-back.

Perch was selected ahead of Davide Santon at left-back but was moved in to the middle after Coloccini picked up his injury and was replaced by Santon.

The ex-Nottingham Forest captain also deputised for Cheick Tiote in central midfield in the game against Norwich and Perch is slowly winning fans over with his string of solid performances.

The club does have space to slip up this weekend and a decent run of fixtures to follow but it would be a fantastic achievement for the team to have 11 points over Liverpool and as many as 10 over Sunderland depending on their result this weekend.

Tiote should be in line for a return after missing the last two games, so Newcastle’s only real injury worry is Coloccini at centre-back. But if Perch puts in another shift like he did against West Brom, Newcastle might just come away with a result this weekend.


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