Newcastle United will look to stretch their winning run to five matches when they host Liverpool at on Saturday. The Magpies moved up to ninth in the Premier League on Saturday as they defeated Norwich City 3-0 at Carrow Road.
Eddie Howe has worked to make St. James’ Park a fortress since his appointment in November. Newcastle have not lost on home soil since a 4-0 defeat to Manchester City just before Christmas, and have also won each of their last six matches in the Northeast.
But Newcastle will have to do something they have not managed in almost six-and-a-half-years in order to stretch that run: beat Liverpool. The Magpies last beat the Reds on December 6, 2015, when an own goal from Martin Skrtel and a stoppage time strike from Gini Wijnaldum earned all three points.
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So with that in mind, here is a look at the XI from that day, and where they are now.
Rob Elliot – goalkeeper
Goalkeeper Rob Elliot spent a further five years at Newcastle following the win over Liverpool, before ending his near decade long spell in 2020. He then made the move to Watford in January 2021, where he has been third to choice to Ben Foster and Daniel Bachmann . Elliot has made just one appearance for the Hornets during his time at the club – a 3-1 EFL Cup tie defeat to Stoke City.
Daryl Janmaat – right back
Like Elliot, when Daryl Janmaat moved on from Newcastle, he made the move to Watford. Janmaat departed the Magpies much earlier than Elliot, though, leaving in 2016 upon the club’s relegation to the Championship. After 85 appearances for the Hornets, Janmaat departed in 2020 to return to his native Netherlands for ADO Den Haag, who are now in the Dutch second tier.
Fabrizio Coloccini – center back
Club legend Fabrizio Coloccini is the only player from the Newcastle XI on this day to have retired from football. Coloccini, who made 275 appearances for the Magpies, hung up his boots shortly after Christmas last year following spells at two clubs back in his native Argentina.
Chancel Mbemba – center back
Unlike the aforementioned Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba stayed at the club despite their relegation in 2016 as he helped them return to the Premier League. The 27-year-old did not leave the Magpies until 2018, when he made the move to Porto, where he remains a regular starter.
Paul Dummett – left back
Left back Paul Dummett is the only player from the XI still to be at Newcastle. Dummett is a boyhood Newcastle fan but is out of contract with the club in the summer. With Newcastle likely to invest heavily in the upcoming transfer window, it remains to be seen whether his 22-year association with the club will come to an end in the coming months.
Moussa Sissoko – right midfield
The third player from the side to end up at Watford is Moussa Sissoko. Sissoko initially made the move to Tottenham Hotspur upon the club’s relegation in 2016 and ended his five-year stay in North London with a switch to the Hornets. Sissoko has been a regular at Watford this season but is on the verge of another relegation to the Championship.
Jack Colback – central midfield
Jack Colback will be hoping for a return to the Premier League this season as he and his Nottingham Forest side sit in the play-off spots, still with a chance of automatic promotion. Colback spent two separate seasons on loan at Forest, before eventually making his move permanent to the club in August 2020.
Vurnon Anita – central midfield
After helping Newcastle win promotion from the Championship, Vurnon Anita was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer in 2017 with a move to Leeds United. Anita struggled at Leeds, though, and spent his second season at the club on loan at Willem II. The 33-year-old then also had a brief spell at CSKA Sofia but has now found a more settled home at RKC Waalwijk, who currently play in the Dutch top-flight.
Gini Wijnaldum – left midfield
Comfortably the player who has gone on to enjoy the most success since leaving Newcastle is Gini Wijnaldum, who has just helped PSG to the French Ligue 1 title. But incidentally, it was Liverpool who he left Newcastle for in 2016 – which is where he enjoyed the best years of his career di lui. Wijnaldum won the Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup in his 237 appearances for the Reds.
Siem de Jong – attack
Siem de Jong failed to ever really make any sort of impact at Newcastle due to injuries. After a loan spell at PSV in the 2016/17 season, he then permanently departed St. James’ Park for Ajax. But after spells abroad at Sydney FC and FC Cincinnati, de Jong is back in his native Netherlands at Heerenveen.
Papiss Cisse – attack
Striker Papiss Cisse was another who immediately departed the club upon relegation to the Championship. Cisse initially made the move to Chinese side Shandong Luneng but has also gone onto play for three different Turkish league sides. The 36-year-old is currently at Caykur Rizespor following spells at Alanyaspor and Fenerbahce.
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