Published: Sat, May 04, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Atsu warns Liverpool that Newcastle won’t roll over

Atsu warns Liverpool that Newcastle won’t roll over

The Merseyside outfit will now be looking to put their defeat in Catalunya behind them when they arrive at St James' Park, knowing that a win will move them above Premier League title-rivals Manchester City, as Pep Guardiola's Citizens do not take to the field again until Monday night.

Leicester beat Manchester City in December and also took them to penalties in the Carabao Cup.

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez says his side will not do his former club Liverpool any favours when they host the title-chasers on Saturday.

Defeat for Liverpool would give City the chance to secure the title on Monday but Guardiola is not thinking about what it would mean to lift the silverware. "They all want to win, all the players and managers". I don't think it will affect them really, they fought a lot for this season.

"His [Vardy's] career speaks for itself, not just the last games, he's done incredible in this league".

"Brendan and Rafa were in Liverpool, but they want to win".

In the Premier League Handbook for the current season, a rule states that if the league title "cannot be determined because two or more Clubs are equal on points, goal difference and goals scored, the Clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding League Matches on neutral grounds, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the Board".

This weekend, nearly every game in the Premier League is a "big one".

The Reds' love of attacking and occasional lapses in defence makes me think that for them a 5-0 win and 2-1 loss is possible and City have struggled to score big on occasions so a couple of 0-0s aren't out of the question. The key to challenging Pep Guardiola's side is staying very tight at the back and drawing them onto you in order to hit on the counter. I can not imagine Leicester players coming here for their holidays.

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