On New Year’s Day, Liverpool will play Newcastle United in the Premier League, and renowned Toon striker Alan Shearer has expressed his worries about Eddie Howe’s team.
On New Year’s Day, Liverpool will aim to continue their Premier League title challenge against Newcastle United.
After defeating Burnley 2-0 on Boxing Day, Liverpool moved to the top of the standings. Liverpool will now play Newcastle, where they want to capitalize on the Magpies’ recent bad performance. Eddie Howe’s squad has only prevailed once in their last six games across all competitions as they continue to struggle with a long list of injuries.
Chris Wood, a former striker, scored a hat-trick against Nottingham Forest to haunt his old club, causing Newcastle’s most recent defeat. The midfield constantly pressed too high up the pitch, according to Newcastle veteran Alan Shearer’s analysis of the team’s 3-1 loss to Forest on Match of the Day. Liverpool will look to take advantage of this weakness at Anfield.
“If you examine the three midfield players for Newcastle. They suddenly lose possession of the ball, and look at [Morgan] Gibbs-White’s space after two passes. When discussing Forest’s equalizer, Shearer stated, “It ends up four v four.”
“Just observe Chris Wood’s run; he feints for the defender at the near post, checks back, and then makes another run. Suddenly, he has a tap in and the defender is gone. Forest’s play is excellent. They did it so frequently that Newcastle was unable to take it.
Shearer went on to discuss Forest’s second goal, saying, “It’s the same thing, one pass and he’s [Elanga] away from Newcastle’s midfield.” He moves right through, into that back four once more, and he leaves Dan Burn completely exposed. Such a deft conclusion. [For the third goal] and once more. We are aware that you are incapable of handling a high line and no pressure on the ball.”