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Saturday October 19, 2013 MYT 7:30:00 AM
Saturday October 19, 2013 MYT 10:26:51 AM
by jagdev singh sidhu
Expect Daniel Sturridge to continue his hot scoring streak against the Magpies on Saturday at the SportsDirect Arena. AFP/ Paul Ellis.
GOALS are something most Liverpool fans will be keeping an eye out for when The Reds travel to Newscastle United today.
Steven Gerrard needs one goal to reach 100 for Liverpool and the tie between both clubs, which has featured some classic games in years past, has seen the second most number of goals scored between two clubs since the Premier League began.
The 3-5-2 formation, which is still work in progress and has its mix bag of supporters and detractors, might see a switch of personnel with Glen Johnson reportedly fit for selection once again,
His return, together with left back Aly Cissokho who is again ready to fight for the left back spot with Jose Enrique, will mean that the team will see some balance to the somewhat unorthodox formation after Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling had deputised for the right wingback spot. Joe Allen is also fit for selection.
As the formation is borne out of need given the injuries Liverpool had to endure, it is also to capitalise on the strength of the squad which is upfront with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
Having won 3-1 against Sunderland and Crystal Palace in the past two Premiership games, Liverpool and their returning players must be licking their lips against a Newcastle side that has not kept a clean sheet in the past four games.
Surely, a better balance plus Suarez and Sturrdige clicking in their partnership upfront against a Newcastle side that will be missing their captain and central defender Fabricio Coloccini must mean that the team will fancy their chances.
Newcastle, despite their injuries, has been finding the back of the net with Loic Remy in particular dangerous form. With the three central defenders at Liverpool still getting used to the formation and positioning, playing Newcastle and their topsy-turvy form means that Liverpool will have the luxury of acclimatising to a system while not being forced to do so against a powerhouse team.
The return of Glen Johnson, should he start, will mean that Brendan Rodgers will have a decision to make as to who plays behind his two strikers.
Will Victor Moses retain his place or will utility man Henderson play in that spot where he has excelled in the past?
A selection dilemma will be something every manager welcomes and it will be interesting to see just how much longer Rodgers sticks with the formation before Philippe Coutinho returns from injury.
Returning players will only afford him the luxury of choice. He has a big decision to make as this game and the next one against West Bromwich Albion might decide whether he sticks with the new or reverts to the old and trusted formation before the heavyweight fight against Arsenal on November 2.
Jagdev Singh Sidhu is feeling confident that Liverpool will win against Newcastle. He isn’t sure if Liverpool will keep a clean sheet though.
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