With the international break almost over, all thoughts turn back to the Premier League, and for Newcastle fans, the daunting trip to Anfield to take on European Champions Liverpool.

It will be a tough task for Steve Bruce’s side to bring anything back from Merseyside, but we said the same thing about Tottenham, and everyone knows what happened there.

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But with all due respect to Spurs, the way Liverpool are playing, they are on a different plateau to the London side.

But every side has to go there, and every side will be faced with the same difficult job of stopping Jurgen Klopp’s attacking force.

So Newcastle must go there with a belief that they can get something from the game, and not beat themselves before a ball has been kicked.

Here are our three keys to getting a result at Anfield.

Everyone must turn up on the day

If Newcastle are to have any chance of snatching a point, every single player selected must be on top of their game from the opening whistle, to the last.

As we witnessed at Spurs, if we can play as a unit of 11 players, all sticking to their game-plan, and all determined to fight for the cause, there is no reason why they cannot achieve the unexpected.

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It will obviously be a big ask, but with so many of the Liverpool side having been away with their various national sides, who knows what sort of fatigue levels they will be feeling.

It is up to our players to exploit any tiredness and weakness they may have.

 

Defensive five must have the games of their lives

Everyone knows the attacking threat Liverpool possess, and Bruce is the man who has to mastermind a plan to nullify it.

They have, arguably, the most potent front three of any side in the world, and they can destroy any defence, anywhere, at any time, which means our back five must perform like their lives depend upon it.

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And it is not just the central three, as Liverpool are renowned for pulling defenders all across the pitch, with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane often preferring to come in from wider areas.

Therefore, it is imperative that the likely wide pair of Jetro Willems and Emil Krafth focus on their defensive duties before even thinking about making forays forward.

Newcastle must capitalise on any counter-attack chances

Newcastle will be starved of the ball for long periods on Saturday, and as a result, when they get any opportunity on the counter-attack, they absolutely must make the most of them.

If we can catch them on the break and pinch a goal, we will have something to cling onto, just as we did at Tottenham.

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It would also then take two goals to beat us, and if ever there is a game where a point would be an outstanding achievement, it is Anfield on Saturday.

What we simply cannot afford, is for Joelinton to get a gilt-edged chance and spurn it, like he did at Norwich. Had he scored that first-half header in East Anglia, the whole outcome of the game could have been different.

If all three of those key aspects of the performance are adhered to, you never know, we may just surprise the footballing world, and dumbfound the critics, yet again.

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