Danny Simpson - Newcastle United News

Newcastle return to league action this weekend with another Sunday afternoon game, when they host struggling Liverpool at St James’ Park. The Reds come to the North East in poor form, having slipped eight points behind the Magpies in the race for European qualification.

It is fair to say that had Liverpool not been victorious in the Carling Cup final back in February, the axe may already have fallen on the head of Kenny Dalglish. Had the Premier League table started at the turn of the New Year, Dalglish’s side would be in the relegation places.

Newcastle, however, have gone from strength to strength and recorded an impressive 3-1 victory over West Brom last time out which underlined their European ambitions. The win came at a price though, with Fabricio Coloccini and Papiss Cisse picking up injuries which forced their early withdrawal.

Cisse is expected to be available for the welcome of Liverpool though and could come up against the man he replaced at St James Park, with Andy Carroll set to be involved for Sunday’s visitors. The Senegal striker cost £25m less than his English counterpart though, and so far has scored two more goals than the man who swapped regular football for bench warming.

Carroll isn’t the only man who has seemingly made a mistake by swapping black and white for red though, with Jose Enrique also not getting what he hoped for by plying his trade at Anfield. In an infamous Twitter rant, Enrique claimed the Magpies could never challenge for the top six whilst the current hierarchy was in charge. Come Sunday, Liverpool are in seventh place, Newcastle are in sixth. Be careful what you wish for, Jose.

Coloccini is one man who dug in and got on with things when some of his colleagues were losing their heads but he will miss out after pulling a hamstring last week. He’ll also miss the tricky trip to Swansea next week.

Cheick Tiote and Ryan Taylor should be fit to play, as should Gabriel Obertan but Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands are all out injured.

Much of Liverpool’s poor form has been worsened by the absence of star defender Daniel Agger and the Dane will again miss out tomorrow along with Martin Kelly, Jack Robinson, Charlie Adam, Glen Johnson, Lucas and former Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy. Bellamy has scored on each of his last four games against the Geordies but injury should rule the aggressive striker out this weekend.

A win for Newcastle could see them overtake Chelsea in fifth place in the table should the Blues fail to beat Aston Villa on Saturday and put them 11 points clear of Dalglish’s men, whilst both Everton and the Mackems can overtake Liverpool should Newcastle claim victory.

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  1. kennysuarez7

    First of all I'd like to congratulate NUFC for a remarkable season, you have played some great football and in Krul, Colocinni, Tiote, Cabaye, Jonas, Ben Arfa, Cisse & Ba you have a spine of really good players, Iv'e always liked Newcastle as a club I believe we (Liverpool) have always had a good relationship and I have quite a few Geordie friends, the people of Newcastle and Liverpool are of the same ilk, we both have a good sense of humour and live for our football.
    As for the game I fear we may struggle to get anything out of it, we are not playing well and You are on a roll, as you can Imagine the main focus on merseyside is a certain date at wembley in April and we seem to have reserved our best performances for both cup competitions
    To be honest I would not mind a defeat as I would much rather see NUFC get 4th than Chelsea or Spurs but we need to get back to winning ways to build some momentum for the Everton game
    Either way good luck for the rest of the season and hope you get 4th

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