Liverpool fans have been having their say about ahead of today’s match at Anfield.
Rafa Benitez taking his Newcastle team in the hope of adding to the survival points total.
However, fair to say that confidence (arrogance?) is in the minds of most Liverpool fans.
Predictions of an easy win and plenty goals being the common theme.
The last 11 weeks have seen Newcastle only lose to Manchester City in the league and in the 22 matches Jamaal Lascelles has started, NUFC have only lost by more than one goal on a single occasion.
There are a small minority of Liverpool fans who are being the voice of reason and suggesting it might not be quite so easy as many are claiming.
It is up to Rafa’s players now to get those last 10 minutes at Bournemouth out of their heads and stick to Rafa’s disciplined and well prepared game plan.
‘Apart from Man City, Newcastle haven’t lost a league game since mid-December, which is some record, even if they have only played relatively poor teams and Manchester United.
Obviously, we should have more than enough quality to win, but I don’t think it will be as easy to run up a 3-0 or 4-0 scoreline as people may be hoping.’
‘And I agree. In the PL preview people are predicting we’ll give them a right hiding. We should win, but I don’t care for the overconfidence. Or the apoplectic response if we did end up drawing or losing.’
‘Love Rafa. Respect the Newcastle fans who deserve better from their owners.
That said hope we win 8-0.’
‘Big game, again, this weekend, and a great chance to put some serious pressure on Utd and Chelsea in particular ahead of a tricky and very tough couple of fixtures for them.
We know what Rafa brings, how well he can disrupt teams and, to be fair, Newcastle have been on a pretty decent run of form lately.
Am hoping for an early opener and quick second to kill any anxiety amongst the fans. As in about 90% of fixtures in this league now, if we perform, we’ll win.’
‘Any old win will do but I do feel good about this one.
I’d be bullish enough with the prediction too and go for a 4-0 tonking but 2-0 is fine too.’
‘They will come to park a bus but i think we’ll have to much for them with confidence sky high.
3-0 Firmino Salah (2).’
‘Good to see a legend back, always love it when Rafa comes back to Anfield.’
‘Will be a tough game. They dont concede many.’
‘Not sure whether to post here, but don’t know what else to say.
Was off to the game today, but my wife’s suddenly passed away. Absolutely devastated.
She loved Rafa and Kloppo.
Just hope we win today. Please don’t lose.
‘Newcastle are prone to defensive lapses even if their manager is a genius, their players are not.
The gap in quality should show here and there should be no eye on the midweek training game so full focus on 3 points is needed. And I think we’ll get them comfortably if we don’t make it hard for ourselves.
Rafa may go full-on defensive and invite us to break them down but I think with the confidence we have in attack at the moment we should have enough. Just hope we don’t frustrate ourselves and make the right choices in attack not the elaborate one. Until we are winning comfortably.
‘Sorry Rafa, love you to bits and all, but 3 points is 3 points and we’ll have to take them.’
‘Trains are running on time and the airport is open if the Newcastle team charter a jet.
Or Ashley could stick them in a trailer of one of his Sports Direct trucks.’
‘I hope we completely destroy them. It’s annoying how we have never beaten Rafa either. I want a 8-0 thumping!!’
‘Think we will have too much for them. Rafa is a top manager and will set them up as best as possible, but the quality we have going forward will break through. Once we get one we’ll add another couple.
They will have a punchers chance from a set piece, but VVD is marshalling the defence now and we are tightening it up nicely.
3-0 to the red men.’
‘I was anxious before last week’s West Ham game, simply because it seemed like it was going to be attritional stuff. However, it really wasn’t. Newcastle offer a similar challenge with worse players but a better manager. However, play like last weekend and we win comfortably by 3 or 4.’
‘Going to be lots of empty seats in the Newcastle end,very difficult trip for them with road closures enroute due to snow.
Same problems may apply to reds travelling from other parts of the country,hope we manage to get all our fans there tomorrow.’
‘Thing is even if Shelvey had been fit I doubt Rafa would have started him against us.
The barcodes are unlikely to see much of the ball and he’s a defensive liability when they don’t have it.
Rafa knows it’s going to be a backs to the wall performance and without Shelvey in the side they have a chance of holding out for a point.
Play Shelvey in midfield against a possession based opponent and you start a man down.’
‘We’ll completely dominate the game. Probably score a load too.’
‘Just read somewhere that Rafa has never lost a game against Liverpool.
Well I think his luck will run out tomorrow. I can see us giving them a 4 or 5 goal pasting. Come on the redmen.’