In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, John Hartson revealed that Liverpool are the toughest team to play against away from home in world football.
The Reds have started the season in fine fashion, enjoying a 100% record in the Premier League as well as lifting the UEFA Super Cup, and Hartson believes the players will be raring to go upon their return from the international break.
Newcastle travel to Anfield on Saturday, and the visitors may feel quietly confident of their chances having picked up an impressive win in their last away fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.
However, Hartson believes Liverpool are a different proposition altogether and suggested they will have too much quality for the Magpies.
When asked about Liverpool’s clash with Newcastle this weekend, Hartson said: “Home win, a home win, Liverpool will come out flying from the international break, and Anfield is the toughest place to get a win in world football right now.
“I may slip up and end up with egg on my face but I can’t see Newcastle getting anything and Liverpool will win big.”
It is unlikely Hartson will be proven wrong as Newcastle haven’t taken three points home from Anfield since 1994, and considering the Magpies have just one win in four so far and scored just three goals, they are unlikely to pose a major threat to the Reds.
After losing just one game in the Premier League last season, it is clear Liverpool are very difficult to beat, but their home form is really quite astonishing.
In the Premier League they have now gone 40 games unbeaten at Anfield, a record which stretches back to the 23rd of May 2017 when Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace earned a 2-1 win thanks to a double from Christian Benteke.
By comparison, Liverpool’s unbeaten run at home is the longest in the Premier League, the Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A, per Forbes.
More to the point, Liverpool’s front-three are on top form currently, with a combined total of nine goals and six assists from six fixtures in all competitions so far, while they are unbeaten in five matches against Newcastle.
Steve Bruce will likely look to contain the Liverpool attack in a similar style to how he operated against Tottenham, but the Reds showed against Arsenal that they can break down narrow sides looking to play on the counter, so they should have too much for their opponents once again.