After fellow relegation rivals West Ham were well and truly clobbered during their visit to Anfield last weekend, Newcastle will be hoping they have a better time of it on Saturday when they make the trip to Merseyside.
If they are to avoid anything like the Hammers’ 4-1 defeat, not only will they need to play well defensively as they did against Manchester City and Manchester United in recent weeks, they’ll need to have a good showing from their forwards.
No Newcastle player has scored even half as many goals as Dwight Gayle since the beginning of last season and Christian Atsu in particular has struggled to stay on a consistent run of form.
January signing Kenedy could be just what Magpies fans are looking for though. The Brazilian youngster, who Transfermarkt value at £6.3million, has already contributed an assist and has looked promising in his four appearances so far for the Tyneside club. With Liverpool struggling to field a consistent back four this season, his pace and finesse could give the Reds problems this weekend.
And 71% of Newcastle fans in our poll yesterday are backing Kenedy to get the start ahead of the inconsistent Atsu, as can be seen by the results below.
How would you line up Rafa Benitez’s side on Saturday, Newcastle fans? Let us know by commenting below…
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