Not for the first time, Stan Collymore has got it badly wrong about Newcastle United.
In an attempt to have a go at Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, Collymore has attempted to compare the situation at Anfield to what it was like at St James Park back in the day.
Stan Collymore in attempting to criticise Jurgen Klopp and the current Liverpool set-up, says ‘they remind me of Newcastle 1995/96 – Great going forward, all over the place going back’.
The desperate pundit adding ‘As I and the Geordie know too well, that won’t win you leagues’.
We have of course heard it all before from equally clueless people as Stan Collymore and even some Newcastle fans.
Collymore wants to base the whole of Newcastle’s 1995/96 season on that 4-3 game at Anfield – something which is just plain lazy and stupid.
Newcastle only conceded two more goals than Manchester United that season and in actual fact it was more likely the fact that Keegan went a little more negative in the second half of the season when he brought in David Batty that tipped the balance against the Magpies, whereas in the first half of the season Lee Clark was the holding midfielder but also setting in motion attacking play.
For the record, in 38 Premier League matches in 1995/96, Newcastle only conceded more than one goal on eight occasions, in 30 other games they either kept a clean sheet (13 times) or conceded only one (17).
As for conceding more than two goals, that only happened three times in the whole season and apart from that 4-3 game with Liverpool, Newcastle actually didn’t lose the other two games, drawing 3-3 with both Wimbledon and Manchester City.
In fact, in the seven league games that Newcastle lost that season, the problem wasn’t recklessly charging forward, it was the fact they couldn’t score themselves. Leaving aside the Liverpool defeat, they lost 2-1 to Blackburn and in the other five losses they couldn’t score a goal.
Stan Collymore writing for Boyle Sports:
“Am I allowed to cricticise Jurgen? Is anyone? Or is the cult of the manager so strong at certain clubs that we all have to blindly wait for Liverpool to show the consistency under a highly paid, long contract manager?
“I want Liverpool to do well, and I get excited when Gegenpressing works, but let’s be honest, in the Bundesliga or La Liga it is in a league where you can roll over teams by just working hard.
“This is the Premier League, every team does that as a given.
“Some progress at LFC, but they remind me of Newcastle 1995/96.
“Great going forward, all over the place going back.
As I and the Geordies know all too well, that won’t win you leagues, and in Jurgen Klopp they have invested in a man to deliver that, not just a smiling ‘everything will be ok tomorrow’ manager.”