When Sissoko scored the 2nd goal against Manchester City in the Carling Cup pre-quarter final, Newcastle fans who were chanting ‘’Pardew-Out’’ a week ago couldn’t have believed their luck. Although it takes some time between asking the owners to sack your manager and then celebrating at the domestic Champions’ turf in mixed feeling of emotions and surprise, the Magpies have enjoyed this roller coaster side in a matter of 4 days. And with Liverpool coming home in the week that has been so generous for Mike Ashley and his cronies, Newcastle are smelling blood here.
Newcastle are aiming to win back to back fixtures when Liverpool will meet them. The last time they did it in the Premier League was way-back in February last season.
And now with a defensively porous Liverpool side about to face them at their home turf, Newcastle fans might sense something special is waiting if they can beat the last season’s runners up on Saturday’s early kick off. And with Daniel Sturridge still waiting on the sidelines with an injury which he himself termed as ‘’hereditary’’, Newcastle will be meeting a Liverpool attack, as poor as they met in a long time.
Last time both these sides met at the St. James Park, a 2-2 draw divided the points between both of them.
While Liverpool also enjoyed their share of luck as they seen off a nicely poised Swansea City side courtesy to some late Anfield magic catalyzed by a red card, the reds are adamant of the fact that this Newcastle side, even in the bitter of shape, won’t be a pushover. And with players like Ryan Taylor returning and youngsters like Rolando Aaron performing, Alan Pardew might have got a blessing in disguise to say the least.
One thing that might turn in the favor of Newcastle side is the Champions League distraction their guests will be bothered about when they will make a long trip to the riverside. As Liverpool have to make a relatively un-comfortable trip to Santiago Bernabeau before meeting Chelsea next weekend, any low down against Newcastle will be catastrophic for the atmosphere that has built courtesy to a win against Brendon Rodgers’ former employers.
If you keep in mind the lack of threat Liverpool posed to Swansea in the first 70 minutes eventually before Balotelli put the ball into the back of the net, Newcastle will feel they will be meeting a Liverpool side that has gone a notch down since the last time both of these sides met at the last day of 2013-14 season.
From the questions in their transfer policy that were put forth after a goal-less draw at Anfield, which was their first at home since the end of 2012-13 season, to the lack of fire from the Italian bargain’ Balotelli has posed huge questions for Brendon Rodgers. And believe me, Newcastle won’t look to end misery that