Karl Darlow outlines Newcastle's main tactic for remaining games of season

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The Magpies goalkeeper was in fine form as his side earned a point against Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow has revealed to the club's official Twitter account that the club's main tactic against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday will be to replicate the compact nature of their performance against Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Rafael Benitez's men looked well-drilled and well-organised as they held high-flying City to a draw at St. James' Park to earn a potentially crucial point in their game in hand over Norwich City.

The Magpies could even have got all three points, had Sergio Aguero's goal been ruled out for offside and Joe Hart not denied Georginio Wijnaldum with a fine save late on.

However, the result makes it four points from the last two matches for Benitez's side following the 3-0 win over Swansea City at the weekend.

Darlow, who made several fine saves of his own on Tuesday night, believes that the momentum from staying unbeaten against a high-flying team will only add to the confidence given to them by the comfortable victory over the Swans.

The goalkeeper told the club's official Twitter account: "After Saturday we had a bit more confidence and we know what we've got to do if we want to get out of [the] relegation [zone] and stay in this league, so it's a minimum really that we battle and scrap to the end.

"We need to take that [momentum] on the road now against Liverpool on Saturday. We need to be very compact like we were tonight and very well organised so I think hopefully we'll be tough to break down and hit teams on the counter-attack like we did tonight. We'll see where that leaves us at the end of the season."

Newcastle are now just two points adrift of safety with four matches remaining, and whereas Norwich are faltering in recent weeks, Benitez appears to have breathed fresh life into his players.

The Magpies face Jurgen Klopp's Reds at Anfield on Saturday before a home match with Crystal Palace, a trip to already-relegated Aston Villa, and a final-day clash with title challengers Tottenham Hotspur.

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