Liverpool arrive at St James’ Park on Saturday chasing the Premier League title, but Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has told the Chronicle that the Magpies will give them a ‘tough’ fight for all three points.
Their journey on Tyneside comes at a time we are planning on ending our home campaign with another win, having tasted defeat just once in our last six on home soil.
In that time, our back line led by Lascelles have also kept two clean sheets and conceded more than one goal just once, yet we beat Everton on that day with a superb second-half turnaround.
Liverpool, however, should put up a much more resistant barrier than their Merseyside rivals, having been dealt a 3-0 defeat by FC Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday, and Lascelles expects as much.
The Reds are also trailing title-rivals Manchester City by a single point going into the penultimate round of Premier League fixtures, despite being unbeaten in their last 15 league games and only losing once all season.
Klopp’s men also beat us comfortably on Boxing Day, but a repeat of that is not the intention of anyone representing the Magpies.
“We normally do finish off [the season] strongly [at St James’ Park],” Lascelles told the Chronicle.
“Last season we beat Chelsea 3-0, so we do normally finish off strong. They [Liverpool] will obviously be playing for the title, so they will be flying.
“It won’t be like the Chelsea game, where I think they were done and they weren’t really playing well. But we are going to make it tough, we are going to go for the win, and we want to keep going until the very last game of the season.
“We are going to make it tough for them. They probably know that themselves. It is not a nice fixture to come here, especially with our recent home form.”
Beyond our current home form in the league, we are also enjoying a healthy run of form against Liverpool when they travel to St James’ Park.
The Reds have failed to beat us in any of their last four Premier League ventures to Tyneside, and have conceded six goals in that time, while only scoring three.