Liverpool vs Newcastle United match banter!
Posted on November 4th, 2012 | 104 Comments |
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.
Date: Sunday, 4th November.
Kick off: 4:00pm
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Manchester).
UK TV: Sky Sports.
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this afternoon’s away game against the Scousers.
As you may know already, Anfield has been an awful hunting ground for the Magpies in recent times, and you’d have to go back to the the days of the permed one’s “Entertainers” to find our last victory on the red side of Merseyside, and even that was in the League Cup! That was a 0-1 fourth round victory on Wednesday 29th November, 1995. Some of you will also remember that this was also the year which saw the first of two classic 3-4 Premiership encounters at Anfield (with the next one happening the season after). The first one, in April 1996, is of course regarded by many as one of the finest Premiership games ever, and was only settled with a goal by Stan Collymore in the second minute of stoppage time. For our last Premiership victory, you have to go all the way back to 16 April 1994, when we chalked up a 0-2 victory with Andy Cole and Rob Lee doing the honours on that occaision. Andy Cole scored a total of 41 goals in 46 games that season, which wasn’t a bad effort.
That was then, and this is now though, with this afternoon seeing Brendan Rodgers’s tippy-tappy football pitted against Alan Pardew’s more traditional mortar fire approach. Like Reading’s Brian McDermott, Rodgers is another manager who served under the Silver Supremo at Reading, McDermott as a chief scout and Rodgers as a youth coach. Rodgers subsequently went on to manage the Royals for a short period, but with no success. Pardew said of their time together at Reading:
“We were both confident in our own ways, but I genuinely thought he would be a coach rather than a manager. He has a natural association with the coaching ground, and those who watch “Being Liverpool” (a comedy series on Channel 5 -wt) would sense that, he’s sort of evolved into a manager more so. I always felt I was the other type, and I actually did think of Brendan as a coach at a few of my other clubs but he’s found his own route and fair play to him.”
Whilst McDermott has stayed true to the more direct style he learned under Pardew at Reading, Rodgers has since famously adopted more of a passing style, and today’s game should see an interesting tactical battle between the two ex colleagues, but I’ll leave it at that. For a considerably more in depth look forward to this afternoon’s game, I would suggest that you could do far worse than check out my collegue AndyMac’s excellent and extensive match preview, which should fill you in with everything you’ll want to know.
So, I wrap up with the usual reminders that I will be putting the team sheets up below this post when they become available. This match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, but I will also be posting some links for those who can’t get it, as well as posting highlights, and possibly a video of the whole match when it’s all over.
Howay the Lads!
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Brad Jones (G), Andre Wisdom, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique; Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin; Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard (C), Suso, Luis Suarez.
Subs: Peter Gulacsi (G), Sebastian Coates, Jamie Carragher, Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Oussama Assaidi, Stewart Downing.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Vurnon Anita, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, James Perch, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba.
Substitutes: Steve Harper (G), Shane Ferguson, Mike Williamson, Gael Bigirimana, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.