Carroll Returns To St James' Park

It'd be grand if he could score on Sunday...
Liverpool make their way to the North East on Sunday as Andy Carroll looks to make a good impression on his return to St James' Park. Newcastle are currently above the Reds and are doing extremely well in their league campaign. After some poor results for Liverpool though, can the lads get all three points?

Liverpool have a few injury problems and the latest man added to the list is Charlie Adam, a knee problem keeps him out. Also out for Liverpool are Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly. Newcastle on the other hand don't have too many problems although Coloccini will be unavailable after tearing his hamstring.

The last time the two sides met was in December last year when Liverpool confidently beat Newcastle 3-1.

For a Newcastle win we only have to go back to December 2011 when  the Magpies reversed the previous scoreline and put 3 past Pepe Reina. Newcastle have quite a decent home record against Liverpool and so Sunday's fixture will not be easy for the Reds, especially considering the form they are in.

Liverpool as it stands are sitting in 8th place which you don't need me to tell you is ridiculous. With Everton grabbing themselves another win, the Toffees are above us and if nothing is done on Sunday we could be trailing behind our neighbours even more.

Stat Sandwich

  • Liverpool have only won 2 league games so far in 2012.
  • Newcastle have collected 50 points from the first 30 Premier League games for the first time in 9 years.
  • Dalglish is unbeaten against Newcastle as a manager in the Premier League.

I think it's vital on Sunday that two strikers are played. 4-4-2 is a must as i just feel that with the state of our chances in front of goal at the moment, why not utilise all of your firepower? To me there is no sense playing Suarez alone up front and playing on the break, it just doesn't seem to be working. Carroll, although he doesn't score much, increases the amount of possession in dangerous areas and for me he's very helpful to Suarez too.

The defence will no doubt be shaken again due to the missing Agger, Johnson and Kelly and in the last couple of games Carragher hasn't really been looking sharp. Add to this Skrtel's silly mistakes and you have a recipe for Newcastle goals.

With the likes of Cisse and Ba causing trouble for many a team Liverpool need to be on fire on Sunday to deal with the Newcastle attack. I think most people have given up caring about the league in all honesty but I'm sure no fan would want to see us finish behind Everton and so a win against Pardew's side is a must.