Steve Bruce press conference: Newcastle manager on Matt Ritchie’s injury, January transfer plans and possibility of beating Liverpool


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The Premier League returns this weekend after the international break with the action getting under way when Liverpool host Newcastle.

The Anfield clash pits Jurgen Klopp’s table-toppers against a Magpies side with only one win this season – and talkSPORT will bring you full LIVE commentary of the match as part of our GameDay coverage.

Can Steve Bruce guide Newcastle to a stunning win at Anfield?

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Can Steve Bruce guide Newcastle to a stunning win at Anfield?

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Despite Newcastle’s poor record so far this term, they appear to be improving having won and drawn their past two matches respectively, which included a stunning defeat of Tottenham at their north London home.

But a visit to Liverpool is one tough challenge for Steve Bruce and his players, though the boss is hoping to pull off another shock and deal the Reds their first defeat of the season.

Bruce also provided the latest injury news during his press conference, while also discussing Newcastle’s January transfer plans.

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You can read the best bits of his press conference, below…


On Newcastle possibly beating Liverpool

“They have not lost there for two and a half years and they are the European champions. “e will have to catch them on an off day.

“We have good team spirit here. The players have been together for a couple of years. The core are really honest and a genuine group of players.

“When you’ve got that, you’re capable of doing anything. Let’s go and have a crack, enjoy the occasion, and see if we can pull off a shock.

“Records are there to be broken. Up front [Liverpool] are as good as I’ve seen, so we’ll have to defend well. It’s always been a big fixture, and you want to go there and take them on. It’s what we’re in it for.”

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On injuries and team news

“Unfortunately, Sean Longstaff turned an ankle in training. It was one of those freak ones for Sean. He went to stop a cross and locked his ankle in the ground.

“That is what happens in football. He will miss out but there will be more occasions where he can player there [at Anfield] again.

“Matt Ritchie has trained and could even be back in contention for the Leicester game.

Ritchie suffered ankle ligament damage when challenged by Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury last month

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Ritchie suffered ankle ligament damage when challenged by Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury last month

“[On Andy Carroll] We need more good news from his specialist. We hope it is. He has gone down to London today.

“I have always said it is always difficult to put a timescale, he has joined in and worked hard.

“He has a smile on his face. Touch wood he gets the good news.”

On Newcastle’s January transfer plans

“In the next couple of weeks we will look at January and I will sit down with Steve [Nickson, head of recruitment] and his crew to see where we can strengthen.

“It’s vitally important you’re always looking to get better.”

On Miguel Almiron scoring for Paraguay

“I hope it can be important. He’s done very well here. Unfortunately he just hasn’t been able to score.

“I’ve always said that he needs to get a goal, and hopefully he’ll settle down a bit.”

Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – including Newcastle’s trip to Liverpool this weekend.


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