Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was full of praise for Newcastle United speaking ahead of today’s match.
The attacking midfielder/winger cost around the same as Rafa spent in total last summer and despite playing in 25 of Liverpool’s 28 Premier League matches, only 11 have been in the starting line-up.
Despite the difference in budgets, the former Arsenal players says ‘Every team has got players that can hurt you, that can produce magic when they need it’, which to an extent sums up the game at St James Park in October.
Newcastle had to defend for large parts of the match but one piece of ‘magic’ from Jonjo Shelvey released Joselu and even though the Spaniard did his best not to score, he did so, courtesy of the Liverpool defender kicking the ball off him, earning United a point.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says that Newcastle United have ‘got quality, can play good football, and have got good players’.
Certainly the win over Manchester United suggested all three of those things in Newcastle’s last home game and much of the match at Bournemouth backed up that view.
Only Manchester City have beaten Newcastle in the last 11 weeks and with Liverpool having drawn six of their 14 home PL matches, Rafa and his team can go to Anfield with confidence they can give the hosts a game.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain talking to the official Liverpool club site:
“Newcastle United are another team that’s got quality, can play good football and have got good players.
“I remember the game from earlier on in the season at their place.
“It was a difficult game and maybe a disappointing for us.
“We didn’t maybe have as many chances as we’ve had in other games, but enough to win the game.
“We limited them to a few, but with their quality, again you can be punished in this league.
“They have players that can do that and they also defended well.
“Ultimately, it is a game that we’re going to go out there and be really positive with and be looking to win.
“But we have to do the right things, the hard stuff, work hard and match them physically because it is getting to that point where everyone is battling for their own targets and challenges – and Newcastle will be battling hard.
“They will be right up for the game and whatever challenge they pose us – whether they come at us or whether they make it difficult – we’ve got to be ready for both sides of it and hopefully get the right result.
“Every game is massive for us. It’s always the old cliché of one game at a time, it’s always the next three points, but it’s the only way you can look at it – every game is a tough game.
“Every team has got players that can hurt you, that can produce magic when they need it. It is massive for us to win all the games that come at us, or get the best results we can. With the quality of the other teams around us, teams will capitalise on slip-ups – so we’ve got to make sure we’re on the right side of them.
“It has become more and more competitive and I think that’s the way the Premier League is going,
“It’s a credit to the league how competitive it is and how high the standard is.
“We always know we have the ability, and with the boys upfront, you can always have confidence in them to produce magic when you need it.
“We know if we perform at the levels the manager demands from us – on and off the ball – then we’ve got the quality in the team to get results, it’s just maintaining that 110% work ethic, as they say, because in this league you need it.”
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