'Make no mistake' - Paul Merson agrees with Michael Owen on what Liverpool will do at Newcastle United

‘Make no mistake’ – Paul Merson agrees with Michael Owen on what Liverpool will do at Newcastle United

Liverpool return to the Premier League when they kick off early on Saturday afternoon with a trip to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United.

The Reds can temporarily leapfrog title rivals Manchester City in the table with a win before Pep Guardiola’s side take on Leeds United later today. Only one point currently separates the league leaders at the top.

Liverpool go into Saturday’s game in fine form after beating Villarreal 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night. Newcastle, however, will be a different test and pundits have predicted a tough game for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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Michael Owen, BetVictor (Newcastle 1-2 Liverpool)

Ex-Red Michael Owen has warned Newcastle are in fine form ahead of the game but believes Liverpool’s momentum should see them through on this occasion.

“Make no mistake, this is no easy game for Liverpool,” he said. “Newcastle have won four in a row in all competitions, conceding just one in that time. They took the win at Norwich last week, this team is full of confidence.

“Liverpool probably could have had more goals against Villareal, but it was still a comfortable 2-0 win. The last two wins have been against teams who defended deep and tried to frustrate them, Everton and Villareal, it’s a good sign that they still found a way to win.

“Liverpool have so much momentum at the moment. It won’t be easy, Newcastle are in great form themselves. I’m going for Liverpool 2-1.”

Paul Merson, Sportskeeda (Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool)

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson agrees Liverpool will take all three points from this game and insists it is a “must win” for the Merseyside club.

He said: “You have a team that has won four on the trot playing against a phenomenal Liverpool side this weekend. This game will tell Newcastle how far they have come and how far they need to go.

“I would be shocked if Jurgen Klopp rotated his team this weekend. Villarreal were well overwhelmed on Wednesday night and won’t score three goals next week. Liverpool can even afford to lose this game, but they can’t drop points. here.

“Liverpool have to win this game because a draw is no good. City and Liverpool are miles ahead of every other Premier League side at the moment. Newcastle have done a good job – don’t get me wrong – but they will face a different type of opponent in Liverpool.”

Mark Lawrenson, BBC Sport (Newcastle 0-2 Liverpool)

Fellow ex-Red Mark Lawrenson has also backed Liverpool to see Newcastle and insists his former club are on a “different level” to the teams the hosts have beaten in recent weeks.

He said: “Villarreal didn’t really pose too many problems for Liverpool in their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, but I expect Newcastle to be much more of a threat going forward. They don’t won’t be enthusiastic or anything like that, but the way they’ve started the last few weeks means they’re coming into this game without feeling any pressure.

“Having won four games in a row, Newcastle will be full of confidence but, if that means they are even slightly more open than usual this weekend, that will suit Jurgen Klopp’s side. I’m sure Howe’s plan will always be to make sure they are tough to beat, but I don’t think the home fans will be content to watch them put 11 men behind the ball for 90 minutes and play just for a point.

“The problem is that Liverpool are on a different level to all the teams Newcastle have just beaten – the Canaries, Crystal Palace, Leicester and Wolves. Also the way the Reds are playing makes me think they will get the result they need, no matter who’s in their team. They’re just in that zone.”


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