'Ridiculous decision!': Newcastle fans fume as controversial man handed shock recall at Liverpool

Rafa Benitez has rung the chances as Newcastle prepare to take on Liverpool.

Wednesday, 26th December 2018, 1:20 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 4:12 pm
Rafa Benitez has handed a shock recall to Isaac Hayden

The Spaniard has made no fewer than six changes for the trip to Anfield as the Magpies look to spring a shock against the league leaders.

And he has handed a recall to Isaac Hayden in a decision which has split Newcastle fans - given that the ex-Arsenal youngster made public his desire to leave the club in the summer.

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Also handed starts are Yoshinori Muto, Joselu, Federico Fernandez, Kenedy and DeAndre Yedlin.

Here's how Newcastle fans react to the surprising team news on social media:

@Stephen382 tweeted: "Ridiculous decision rather play with ten men than Joselu up front, surely time for Longstaff to have a go over Hayden"

@iamRyan1211 added: "I’d be happy if we get a corner..."

@James_89d said: "Jesus,this has got a 5-1 loss and Dubravka man of the match performance written all over it..."

@toonarmy3 argued: "Let’s just write this game off. No1 can expect anything other than a loss today. It’s a tactical selection from Rafa"

@CaptainJLasc commented: "Shocking lineup will be a training match and more excuses from Rafa."

@SteveCross91OF asked: "Why is Hayden anywhere near that squad let alone starting?"

@davidpick1987 posted: "I don’t mind this. Apart from Hayden. HWTL"

@DeanCasey__ added: "So someone who has publicly came out and said he doesn’t want to be here starts ahead of someone who has earned his chance in the first team and should start"

@lee_boyed said: "Hayden doesn’t even want to be here man come on !!! Give Longstaff ago ?"

@CallumGeere tweeted: "Rondon being rested makes sense, more likely to get points at Watford. Would have liked to have kept the back 5 tho with Schar, think he’s been a wall and can ping"