#CultClashes: History says Newcastle will be dreading Liverpool clash
While Liverpool continue to flourish under the rein of Jurgen Klopp, this season has seen another former giant in the Premier League continue to stutter.
A new manager hasn’t necessarily meant a new beginning for Newcastle as Steve McClaren has continued where John Carver left off, fighting a relegation battle.
The two sides are set to clash at St James’ Park with the visitors the favourites at 13/20 having lost just once on the road this season.
But rather than looking forward, we are more focussed with looking back at some absolutely belting contests between the two sides in years gone by.
Unfortunately for Toon fans, all of those matches went one way and one way only.
Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle – April 3 1996
There was only one place we could start really, with Stan Collymore, still to this day, describing this Anfield encounter as the greatest match the Premier League has delivered.
He would say that really, with his two late goals securing victory for the Reds, leaving Magpies boss Kevin Keegan slumped over the advertising hoardings.
The visiting boss had every reason to be despondent with his side twice taking the lead with goals from David Ginola and Faustino Asprilla before the hosts fought back in stunning fashion.
Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle – March 10 1997
It was much of the same in the fixture the following season as a late goal sent the Kop wild as Robbie Fowler stole the points at the death.
That doesn’t tell the whole story though, as, with 20 minutes remaining Newcastle were 3-0 down and staring defeat in the face.
However goals from Keith Gillespie, Faustino Asprilla and Warren Barton looked to have secured a heroic point for the visitors. Unfortunately though, Fowler had other ideas, as he popped up in the dying seconds to deliver a 4-3 win for the second season running.
Liverpool 4-2 Newcastle – December 28 1998
The first half of the 1998-99 season wasn’t the great start Gerard Houllier will have hoped for at Anfield, as Liverpool found themselves out of Europe and sat in ninth place ahead of this fixture.
However, things were looking much brighter heading into the New Year, but not after an early scare.
Newcastle found themselves a man down, but 2-0 up at the break thanks to goals from Nolberto Solano and Andreas Andersson. However, an inspired team-talk must have gone on in the home dressing room at the break as Michael Owen and Karl-Heinz Riedle recorded yet another come-from-behind victory.
Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle – May 3 2009
A pivotal match in the latter part of the 2008-09 season, which like this campaign, saw the Reds flying high while Newcastle were fighting a relegation battle.
What this fixture did was ultimately see Alan Shearer’s fall deeper into the abyss that would lead to their relegation from the top-flight.
The victory kept Liverpool’s title hopes alive, and while they were ultimately pipped to the post by Manchester United, the goals from Yossi Benayoun, Dirk Kuyt and Lucas Leiva certainly gave Reds’ fans hope heading into the final three games of the season.
Newcastle 0-6 Liverpool – April 27 2013
The Magpies might have bounced back to the top-tier at the first attempt, but it wasn’t long before they were involved in a scrap at the bottom of the table again in the 2012-13 campaign.
This abject display in front of their own fans summarised why they were in the mess that would lead to them ending the season in 16th position.
Braces from Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge as well as goals from Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini put Newcastle to the sword, as Mathieu Debuchy compounded their misery by getting himself sent off for a second yellow card with 15 minutes to go.
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