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Whilst Liverpool have emerged as defensive front-runners, their lack of ambition and clinical finishing in front of goal has meant that they have struggled to score more than once in various games this season.
Andy Carroll appears to have constant stage fright, whilst the likes of Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam are not providing enough accuracy to cause damage.
With multiple games portraying the ease with which Liverpool take a stranglehold with possession and shots on target, it has been a massive letdown that the final touch has been lacking in precision.
Luis Suarez, for one, has subsequently become a player who has not been on the score sheet as much as he or any Kop supporter would have liked.
The game at Newcastle—and the return of skipper Steven Gerrard—could therefore be a welcome turning point.
To avoid becoming a one-man team upon his return though, the side must still become a physical and cohesive collective unit that will penetrate the opposition goal on a regular basis.
Gerrard's influence could be vital with Suarez seeking greater delivery into the box.
It is the skipper's influence on players such as Spearing, Henderson and Carroll that also becomes more important, to transform their own abilities with a helping hand from the England regular.
Then we have Craig Bellamy, who upon his return to Anfield has netted some beautiful strikes.
If Liverpool can utilise this against City and net at least a couple of goals, then a precedent can be set for future games where the same can happen.
As in most games where Liverpool's stubborn defence produces a clean sheet, a consistent run of goal-scoring fixtures will allow for easy pickings. Multiple victories and an impressive run of form can certainly be the outcome.
This will avoid games against bottom-half clubs, where a draw emerges due to the lack of either side gaining triumphant strikes in front of goal.