Liverpool take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park this week with the Reds determined to set the record straight following a disappointing draw with West Bromwich Albion. Jürgen Klopp will be furious at the drop in intensity in the second half, we’ll be expecting a much different showing in midweek. Here are three things Liverpool need to do to beat Newcastle United:
Grab an early goal
We expect Steve Bruce to set up as defensively as possible on Wednesday night.
The Magpies will know they don’t stand a chance if they try and go toe to toe with the Reds, holding on for dear life will be the only option.
Liverpool grabbing an early goal will help tease the hosts out of their defensive block.
Whilst Newcastle will be hoping to take heart from West Brom holding on when a goal down, we don’t expect Liverpool to be as sloppy again.
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One of the reasons the Reds fell short against West Brom was the lack of tempo in the attack.
Diogo Jota is usually the one looking to quicken the pace when we find ourselves bogged down in the final third.
He is often found firing passes off his teammates and trying to ghost past defenders.
The Portuguese star is unlikely to feature again before February so we’ll have to speed things up without him.
It is easy to defend against a team who are using the ball slowly. We are at our best when we mesmerise defences with quickfire passing.
Oxlade-Chamberlain for Liverpool v Newcastle United
The Ox is yet to start a game this season after he picked up a knee injury in pre-season.
The midfielder is one for the flair moments, for the shot from range.
Given how deep we expect the hosts to sit, having a player capable of beating his man or putting one into the top corner from distance could be the key.
He will be determined to play himself back into the starting lineup, Wednesday is the ideal opportunity for him to do so.