Yohan Cabaye - Newcastle United Football News

After Newcastle ended their run of Boxing Day defeats with a 2-0 victory over Bolton on Monday, the Magpies will attempt to end another wretched record, when they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool.

The Geordies have never won at Anfield in Premier League history and haven’t scored in their last five visits to Merseyside. The 1995/96 League Cup win, courtesy of a Steve Watson strike, is the only time Newcastle have tasted victory against Liverpool on their own patch. The last player to score for Newcastle at Anfield was much-hyped Dutch flop Patrick Kluivert, who netted in a 3-1 defeat in 2004 and the last three meetings between the sides have all ended 3-0 to the home side. Hardly encouraging reading.

But the Reds have been stuttering of late, with Kenny Dalglish’s men dropping points against basement battlers Wigan and Norwich in their last two games. Misfiring strikers have been the cause of the problem for Liverpool, with Luis Suarez, Dirk Kuyt and some bloke called Andy Carroll all failing to find the net on a regular basis.

Whilst Liverpool’s strikers fail to fire, Newcastle’s main man is on fire. Demba Ba now has 14 goals in 18 games and has more in one calendar year than the Fernando Torres and Carroll put together. And he cost us nothing…I’ve forgotten what Carroll cost Liverpool, anyone care to remind me?

Ba will be hoping to keep finding the net with regularity before he jets off to Africa for the start of the African Cup of Nations, which kicks off in late January. Alan Pardew has said this week that he hopes to get up to four more matches from his number 19, but if home country Senegal come calling, he may miss out on more.

Hatem Ben Arfa is also showing decent form in the build up to Ba’s absence, the Frenchman netted his first goal in over a year in the win over Bolton and looks to be getting back to full confidence and form at the optimum time for his manager.

Mike Williamson is another in the Geordie ranks that looks to be coming back into form at the perfect time for his manager, with Pardew glowing about the big defender after the Bolton game. With only two natural centre-backs at the club until January at least, Williamson’s form will be key to any success Newcastle are to enjoy.

There’s mixed news for the Toon Army approaching the trip to Merseyside, with Dan Gosling coming back into contention after serving a three-match ban for a red card. Davide Santon will be monitored throughout the week after he was forced off at half-time against Bolton with a knee injury, but he is expected to recover in time. Whether or not he will get his place back isn’t clear, with Ryan Taylor providing another assist when he came on against Owen Coyle’s side. Demba Ba has a slight knock on his knee also, but again he is more than likely to play, especially considering the form he is in! Long-term absentees Sylvain Marveaux, Steven Taylor and Danny Guthrie remain sidelined.

Luis Suarez was ready to face the Magpies when his appeal against an 8-match ban for racism forced the ban to be postponed, but the Uruguayan will be missing as he serves a separate one-match ban for an offence in the Fulham game. Andy Carroll started against Blackburn on Boxing Day and could be in line for an appearance against his former club, the one which made his name before the giant striker seen the green and motored off across to the Mersey.

Talisman Steven Gerrard made his return from a long-term ankle injury as a substitute on Boxing Day and may be in line to start, although fitness may well be a preventing issue for the England midfielder.

With neither side going into this game in blistering form, now must be a perfect chance for Newcastle to end their shocking record at Anfield, with Kenny’s boys potentially being there for the taking. A home game against Man United follows for the Geordies, but the two tough-looking games could be a platform to re-inflate the bubble that seems to have been punctured after the unbeaten start to the season.

 

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  1. ode

    forget about all talk just go an win lfc we hav drop point tomuch giv maxi an cult a chance up front

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    • Stevieboi toon

      just like they beat blackburn, sunderland, swansea and norwich?

      duffy we will have liverpool begging for mercy

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