Injury-Riddled Liverpool Goes for All Three Points in NewcastlePublished December 6, 2015 by Florin P
Liverpool and Newcastle square off with decimated squads (4:00 p.m UK Time).
Since Klopp took over, Liverpool exceeds expectations and they are currently riding a four-game winning streak. All good things eventually come to an end, but for the Reds the danger comes from the long list of injuries. With seven key players on the bench for the match with Newcastle, the visitors will have a hard time in keeping the winning streak alive and making it five games in a row.
Klopp Leaves His Mark on Liverpool
Under the German manager, Liverpool has emerged as a more offensive team and is slowly starting to take advantage of its roster. Despite the offensive spirit, they only won once by a comfortable spread, while having to settle for narrow margin victories on two occasions. Their performance against Manchester City is the one fondly remembered by fans, as they scored three goals in 20 minutes.
Against Newcastle, Liverpool will have to exercise caution because the home side doesn’t mind defending with all lines. They are particularly dangerous on counterattacks and this is how Liverpool allowed most of its goals in both the Premier League and Europa League.
The Specter of Relegation Is Looming
Newcastle will try to survive for one more season in the Premier League, but they are currently sitting in the danger area. Last year, injuries brought all their winning streaks to screeching halts and they once again have to cope with a high number of players mending injuries.
Krul is again unavailable, with the first goalkeeper spending most of the time on the bench last season as well. The backline and midfield are also ravaged by injuries, so manager McLaren will have to rely on a makeshift formation. Even so they are a force to be reckoned with and it is definitely worth taking the coverage of an 1:0 Asian handicap at odds of 4/5 with Bet365 sports.