‘Isn’t easy for me to say’ - Sunderland-born Jordan Henderson makes Newcastle United prediction

Former Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson believes Newcastle United will perform well in the Premier League this season.

Sunderland-born midfielder Jordan Henderson - through gritted teeth - has tipped Newcastle United to have a “really good season”.

Henderson is set to captain Liverpool against the Magpies tonight and in his programme notes addressed the “real buzz” on Tyneside.

The 32-year-old started his career on Wearside before sealing a £16million move to the Reds in June 2011.

“Being from the North East, I know only too well that there is a real buzz on Tyneside at the minute,” Henderson said.

“The club has invested heavily, the team is playing really good football under Eddie Howe and anyone who watched how they performed against Manchester City recently will know that they are more than capable of holding their own against the very best sides.

“As a lifelong Sunderland fan this isn’t easy for me to say, but it looks like Newcastle are set for a really good season and they will arrive at Anfield looking to build on their promising start to the campaign.”

Ahead of kick-off, Newcastle sit 10th in the Premier League table, one point above Liverpool, after beginning the campaign unbeaten with a win and three draws.