By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Newcastle can spring an upset and hold Liverpool to a draw at Anfield on Saturday in a massive boost to their Premier League survival hopes, according to Ray Parlour.
The former England midfielder is convinced that Rafael Benitez’s side can continue their improvement by clinching a point at Anfield.
Newcastle have taken four points from their last two encounters after holding Manchester City to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.
This came after they reignited their survival hopes with a 3-0 win over Swansea last weekend.
Liverpool have won four matches on the trot and are one of the form teams in the Premier League, winning their last three domestic matches convincingly against Everton, Bournemouth and Stoke.
But Parlour believes there is reason for Newcastle fans to hope ahead of Saturday’s trip to Anfield.
“Newcastle have shown a little bit of spirit under Rafa Benitez and he is an excellent manager,” Parlour told Betsafe. “You can see he has got his team organised, they are going into tackles, they have more desire and the fans are certainly responding to that.
“Liverpool are on a real high though, they are playing really well under [Jurgen] Klopp. They will be looking forward to their Europa League semi-final against Villarreal as well.
“This is going to be a tricky game for Newcastle but this is going to be this weekend’s shock result for me. Everybody will probably go for a Liverpool win, but I think with Rafa Benitez returning to his former club, Newcastle could maybe get a draw, which would be a great point.”
With four matches of the season left, Newcastle remain in 19th position in the table but they have narrowed the gap on 17th-placed Norwich to two points and they are just one adrift of Sunderland, who have a game in hand on their north-east rivals.
“They will definitely be targeting wins at that Crystal Palace home game and obviously Aston Villa away,” Parlour added to Betsafe. “So I am going to go with a big, valuable point for Newcastle at Anfield at the weekend.”