The Magpies have endured a torrid start to the season and these past 10 days couldn’t have gone much worse following a 3-0 home defeat to Leicester City and a 5-1 mauling at Crystal Palace.
The results, added with Sunderland’s vast improvements, have seen Newcastle replace their North East rivals in the bottom three, and confidence in the camp appears to be at an all-time low.
In spite of their precarious position, McClaren hasn’t given up the fight just yet and his training ground talk this week has been plea to the players to keep the faith.
“We’ve said to the players, ‘Please don’t give up. Don’t give up on each other. Don’t give up on yourselves’. That’s the most important thing,” the former Derby County boss explained, as reported by the Mirror.
Newcastle are in dire need of a strong performance at St. James’ Park and upcoming opponents Liverpool are arguably the worst team they could have hoped to face when looking for a response.
The Reds defeated Southampton 6-1 at St. Mary’s Stadium in the Capital One Cup in midweek, and they’ve also beaten Chelsea and Manchester City on their travels since Jurgen Klopp became their manager.
The Merseyside outfit are brimming with confidence and they will apply plenty pf pressure on Newcastle’s defence, both with and without possession of the ball.
Newcastle will need to cut out the mistakes at the back and defend well as a team unit, two key propositions which have all too often eluded them so far this season.