Alexander Isak has been an inspiring signing for Eddie Howe and Newcastle United.
The Swedish international caught the eye with his performances for Real Sociedad, leading Liverpool to be linked with him amongst a whole host of top European clubs.
However, he ended up signing for the Magpies in the summer of 2022, and has quickly endeared himself to the Toon army.
Isak’s goal scoring record since making the switch to the Premier League is impressive.
He has managed 20 strikes in 38 Premier League appearances, and is only four goals behind Mohamed Salah in the top scorer ranking in the league.
Isak scored one of his goals this season against Liverpool themselves, cooly slotting the ball past Alisson during Newcastle’s 4-2 defeat against the Reds on New Years Day.
Although his side lost both games against Liverpool this season, Isak was a standout performer in both of them.
It would be interesting to think of how he would have slotted in Jurgen Klopp’s system.
He is a quick, versatile striker able to play off the shoulder and rely on composed finishing.
The 24-year-old sounds like exactly what Jurgen Klopp would want out of his winger.
Virgil van Dijk experienced the Swedes skillset first hand when he was dismissed for a tackle on Isak at St James’ Park.
What did Alexander Isak say about Liverpool?
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Newcastle man named Liverpool’s ground as the hardest visit for a an away team:
He said: “Anfield is good.”
When quizzed further if Anfield represents the hardest challenge in England for an visiting side, he said:
“Yeah, probably. I think the average level is very high in the Premier League.”
Isak does not have the best experiences on the red side of Merseyside.
Twice his side have succumbed to defeat.
Last season, Fabio Carvalho scored deep into stoppage time to steal a famous win.
And of course, the aforementioned scrappy 4-2 loss his season will leave Isak nervous about his next Anfield visit.