Stan Collymore states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Newcastle
The Liverpool FC legend is backing the Reds to beat Newcastle United at Anfield on Saturday evening
Stan Collymore is backing Liverpool FC to continue their irresistible form at Anfield when Newcastle United make the trip to Merseyside on Saturday evening.
The Reds were 4-1 winners against West Ham United last weekend to hoist Jurgen Klopp’s side into second place in the table for 24 hours.
Goals from Emre Can, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane secured three points for the Reds to keep their top-four challenge on track.
Liverpool FC have the chance to move seven points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea FC on Saturday evening ahead of the defending champions’ trip to Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds have scored 16 times in their last five games in all competitions to highlight their prolific form with Salah, Firmino and Mane scoring a combined 43 goals in the Premier League this term.
Newcastle managed to hold Liverpool FC to a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park earlier this season after Joselu cancelled out Philippe Coutinho’s brilliant goal.
However, former Liverpool FC striker Collymore is confident Klopp’s side will secure three points against the Magpies at Anfield on Saturday evening.
“It’s not just a normal Liverpool vs Newcastle game, it’s Liverpool versus the man who took them to their fifth European title in Rafa Benitez,” Collymore told BetStars.
“Looking at when Newcastle United beat Manchester United, it’s clear that Rafa gets his teams up for the biggest games, and Rafa will not want to go back to Anfield, see the banner with his name on and just be there as a bit part player. He will want to win.
“Having said that, I think Liverpool are irresistible at home. If they get the first goal then it could be a case of pick a number as Newcastle United tend not to score a lot of goals. I’m going to go for Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle.”
Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table and secured a return to the Champions League in their first full season under Jurgen Klopp.