Liverpool’s last two games have left them with only the slightest chance of winning their first title in 24 years. Although old friends Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing may be able to pull off a miracle at the Etihad, the Reds have to focus on getting their own three points at Anfield – Newcastle United stand in their way.
Things were left on a disastrous note at Selhurst Park, losing a 3-0 lead that would have given them a better chance of taking that top spot back. Liverpool fans will be hoping that Luis Suarez will be able to wipe away the tears and finish their fantastic season of progression on a high – title or no title.
Newcastle will be hoping to regain some form of pride after their awful run of late, aside from their win at home to relegated Cardiff last week.
Brendan Rodgers is due a selection dilemma now that duo Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge are back in contention. It looks likely that either or both of Lucas and Allen will make way for the pair.
Newcastle are without a number of key players, including Ryan Taylor and Papiss Cisse, who continue to receive treatment but won’t be risked until the start of next season.
Although difficult to believe, Liverpool have now conceded more goals than Hull City this season. It was rightly pointed out on Sky Sports by Jamie Carragher that this has been their achilles heel all season.
In 39 Premier League meetings between the two sides, there has never been a goalless draw. Alan Pardew will be hoping that his side can pull off a shock to give the fans something to shout about on the final day of the season.
Jordan Henderson returns for Liverpool after his 3 game red card suspension, and will be raring to go against Newcastle, being a boyhood Sunderland fan. The Reds have missed his extra bursts of energy in the last few games, while some have said that his absence has cost Liverpool their chance at the title. Luis Suarez will have the opportunity to add to his goal-scoring tally for the year, already claiming 31 goals in just 32 appearances in the league.
With Liverpool being punished at the back at Palace, Newcastle will notice that the Reds can lose concentration at times, and so Loic Remy will have to be on hand to take any advantage. The away side will also have to heavily rely on goalkeeper Tim Krul, after Brendan Rodgers side have been praised for their aggressive attacking play this campaign – scoring 99 goals in total.
Liverpool will be hoping for a miracle if they are to be crowned Champions on Sunday, however, I expect this game in prospect to be an easy ride for them. Brendan Rodgers has a full strength side back, and I feel that the power of Jordan Henderson in midfield and going forward will be too much for Newcastle. The Geordies will be hoping to give their fans something on the last day of the season, but I feel that Liverpool will be too strong, as they keep a hopeful eye on the Etihad.