Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool finally returned to winning ways in their last Premier League game at Anfield, beating Aston Villa 2:1.
The German tactician has backed his side to make it to the Champions League places although he admitted that they are under pressure.
Liverpool welcome a recently resurgent Newcastle United to Anfield on Saturday and the Reds must prove that they’ve exorcised the losses demon at Anfield that has seen them lose even to the worst teams at home in the Premier League in recent weeks.
Today’s game offers them the opportunity to prove that the win against Aston Villa was not a fluke and that they are intent on returning Anfield to its former status as one of the most difficult grounds for visiting teams in world football.
The Reds should be motivated by the fact that just 2 points separate them from fourth place, and also that their chances of finishing in the top 4 are very decent. Therefore, they should be able to do enough to see off Newcastle as one would expect.
However, games against teams close to the relegation zone at this tail end of the season always prove to be tough for the supposedly big sides.
The Magpies have been impressive in recent weeks with 2 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss in their last 5 Premier League games. The Reds, on the other hand, have won 3, lost 1, and drawn 1 of their last 5 Premier League games.
There is no vast difference in the form guide of both teams but the Reds are still heavy favorites to amass maximum points from this game as odds from bookies have depicted.
However, they were also bookies’ favorites in all the home games they lost recently in quick succession. The Reds are condemned to win today and must do so to keep their hopes of participating in the UEFA Champions League next season alive.
It wouldn’t be funny that a side who won the Premier League after many decades ended up finishing outside the top four the following season just because they couldn’t get their acts right in home games in their supposed fortress.
We’re looking forward to this one to see if Newcastle United will stun the Reds and cause major pains at Anfield. Regardless, the Reds must exorcise the ‘home loss’ demon.