Newcastle set to recall Abeid for Liverpool clash

Mehdi Abeid in action for Newcastle United against Oldham Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID
Mehdi Abeid in action for Newcastle United against Oldham Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID

MEHDI Abeid’s set for a recall for Newcastle United at Anfield – with John Carver set to shake up his out-of-form side.

Abeid (right) was an unused substitute in the Wear-Tyne derby.

I need to change positions of one or two players and hope that sparks something

John Carver

And the fit-again midfielder is set for a recall to the starting XI for tonight’s game against Liverpool.

Head coach Carver – who came under renewed fire from fans after the club’s 1-0 defeat to Sunderland on Easter Sunday – is also considering other changes to his misfiring team in an attempt to “spark” it into life.

“Maybe I need to change the team to start with,” said injury and suspension-hit Carver, who will NOT have any players back from injury.

“Maybe I need to change a few positions of one or two players, and hope that sparks something.”

Abeid hasn’t played for more than a month, having suffered a thigh injury soon after the club’s home defeat to Manchester United.

Newcastle have not won at Anfield in the Premier League for 21 years.

And few United supporters expect the club’s long wait for an away win over Liverpool to end given the team’s poor form over the past few months.

For his part, Carver is looking for a show of “character” from his players, a quality which only a handful of players showed at the Stadium of Light during the club’s fifth successive derby defeat.

Carver’s side was again out-worked by Sunderland, a team which had itself been struggling for any kind of form.

“That will be about characters too,” added Carver. “Going to Anfield you are going to need characters.

“I want to see some energy. I didn’t see energy last weekend. We talked about out working the opposition. They outworked us again.”

Newcastle have taken a reduced 800-seat allocated for tonight’s game, which will be officiated by Lancashire-based referee Lee Mason.

– miles starforth