Survival scrap: Newcastle striker Cisse looks to end shocking away record at Liverpool

Papiss Cisse
Papiss Cisse

Newcastle head to Liverpool on Saturday looking to climb out of the Premier League drop zone – despite their dreadful away record.

A league victory at Anfield for the first time in 22 years could see the second-bottom Magpies move above Sunderland and Norwich into fourth-bottom spot.

But the Tynesiders have lost their last 10 games away from home in all competitions.

Asked about the away record, striker Papiss Cisse said: “We can change it.

“The work and the form we have at home, we have to take that into the away games. We need to do something at Anfield and try to win the game.

“It’s never going to be easy to go to Liverpool, but we have a team now who is ready to play take on any team and we have to do so.”

Newcastle felt unlucky only to draw 1-1 with Manchester City at St James’s Park on Tuesday, and Cisse feels that boss Rafa Benitez, appointed manager last month, is getting the best out of the players.

Asked if the result had lifted confidence ahead of the Liverpool game, Cisse said: “Yes.

“It’s very, very hard, because one moment it’s difficult to get confidence when you’re working hard, but losing the game, and your head’s going down.

“But when the new gaffer came he’s made everybody happy and given the chance for everyone to show the people how he’d like everyone to play.

“Everyone has had this feeling to give 100% every time on the training ground and in the game.

“That is a good point too, because we have a connection with the gaffer. We speak to him and I think it’s a good thing.”

Benitez talked about the “connection” between players and fans after the City match.

And Cisse, looking for his first goal since November, insists that the players are determined to re-establish trust with the supporters.

“It’s so important,” he said. “I know all the players and the team need the fans.

“The fans tried to do their best for us, and we tried to do our best to make the fans happy and to try to win the game because the position is not very good.

“But everyone knows that and we are trying to do something to make it better.”