John Barnes has been casting his eye over the Newcastle v Liverpool clash on Sunday.
Many neutrals will be unaware/ have forgotten that he actually played for both clubs and not just the scousers.
Signed by his mate Kenny Dalglish in summer 1997 after Hall and Shepherd decided to try to rake in as much money as possible by cutting costs, despite Newcastle debuting in the Champions League that season.
Ian Rush and Stuart Pearce were also brought in on frees, whilst the likes of Les Ferdinand was sold when at his peak.
Of course we all know what happened next, as Alan Shearer picked up a serious injury pre-season and the short-sighted transfer policy (sound familiar..?) came back to haunt United.
Barnes actually finished top scorer in his first season at Newcastle, with 6 (SIX) goals, yes the Keegan’s entertainers era was most definitely in the past.
Dalglish resigned at the start of the following season and new manager Ruud Gullit didn’t rate the now 34 year old (turned 35 in November 1998) and he was released the following February.
Undoubtedly John Barnes will always err towards Liverpool but even though he has predicted a win on Sunday for the scousers, I think he has gone relatively easy on Newcastle.
Whilst Paul Merson is predicting a 4-0 smashing of Newcastle, Barnes goes for a single goal winning margin AND United get to score a goal.
With the respective form of the two teams and on the back of two hammerings by Leicester and Palace, some would maybe even settle for that at this moment in time, as god knows what another hammering will do to the ‘confidence’ of the Newcastle players.
However, United have to go out there and throw everything at the visitors, if they sit back then it is only a matter of time before Liverpool score and the inevitable collapse begins.
John Barnes writing for Titanbet:
“Playing away from home will suit Liverpool against a Newcastle team that will have to come out and play at St James’ Park.
“I think it’ll be a fourth win on the spin for Klopp, as Steve McClaren’s men are in a very poor run of form.
“Goalscorers – Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke.
“Newcastle 1-2 Liverpool.”