Our live stream ahead of Wednesday nights Premier League match, Newcastle United vs Liverpool is now up, kicking off at 20.00 GMT
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more…
Newcastle come into the game off a four-game winless run across all competitions, which includes a heavy defeat to Leeds United, a home draw against struggling Fulham and an EFL Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of Championship side Brentford, all of which has seen the pressure on manager Steve Bruce begin to grow a little bit once again.
A 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Boxing Day leaves them 13th in the table, still seven points from the relegation zone but with a difficult double-header coming up either side of the New Year as Leicester City follow Liverpool in visiting St James’ Park.
Klopp’s men are still in pole position to claim back to back titles in 2021, but they will be desperate to end their year on a high after such a disappointing result last time out.
Liverpool dominated in the first half against West Brom last time out, but then took their foot off the pedal with only a one-goal lead in the second half, eventually being made to pay by Semi Ajayi’s late equaliser – only the second time the Reds have dropped points in a home league game since January 2019.
The draw with West Brom means that Liverpool have now failed to win six of their 15 league outings this season – as many as they did throughout the entirety of their title-winning campaign last term.
Newcastle and Liverpool last met in the final game of last season, with Liverpool winning 3-1 at St James’ Park, finishing off their season as Champions on 99 points…
“They are a very good side who are the champions of this country.”
“We know what to expect and we know what’s coming.
“We need to perform like we did at Man City but have that little bit more in the final third.
“For large periods of the game, we showed resilience and will need to do the same against a very good Liverpool team.”
On Callum Wilson…
“That is the hardest part of the game, to score one and create one.”
“That’s why the strikers and number 10s and the wide players cost the most money.”
“We’ve missed Callum of course.”
“He has been a really big plus for us, hopefully, he will be ready to go for Wednesday and hopefully that little bit of quality might make the difference. Who knows?”
More on Liverpool…
“There’s no doubt a quality team.”
“The records and the trophies that they’ve won over the last couple of years is there for everybody to see.”
“They’re European champions, champions of England, world champions. They’re a very good side.”
“We know what is coming, that is the Premier League, it is a difficult and demanding league.”
On winter schedule…
“When you get two or three of the big ones back to back you’d like a week to recover and be able to make sure you are ready to go again.”
“But we have been pitted against two of the best teams in the country back to back.”
“Bring it on, let’s recover then see what we can do.”
On how far away Thiago is from returning and whether he has any chance for Newcastle…
“No, Thiago did parts of training so far, was in… today is Sunday, so on Friday he trained the full session but the session was a reduced session, so he could do that.”
“He has to be part of team training, it’s not about training one day with the team and then you can play football in the Premier League again. It looks quite promising in the moment but I cannot say more about it, to be honest.”
“I don’t know. I think the plan was that he trains tomorrow [Monday] completely normal but we will see that.”
On whether it’s important to keep perspective after the draw with West Brom…
“That’s always important in life. I want to win more than anything else but I had to learn so early in my life that it still doesn’t happen all the time. And that’s completely fine.”
“I like winning football games and especially when you deserve winning. For deserving to win tonight, I thought we should have done more – more right things, it’s not that we didn’t invest, we ran a lot, we fought a lot.”
“That’s all OK, but to do more of the right stuff. That’s what I told the boys already. I’m not angry with them, it just can happen. We will learn off that again and then we will play football again.”
On being confident about Liverpool learning lessons from the West Brom draw when they face Newcastle…
“I’m not sure it has something to do with confidence, it’s about experience. So far we did it. The boys, that’s a top group and they were a top group after winning 7-0 and they are a top group after drawing against West Brom.”
“That’s how it is – that doesn’t change. Maybe in the perspective from outside that changed, I can imagine that’s immediately like this. But I’m now not a young manager anymore and I can judge these things in the right way.”
“We are not happy about it, we are actually the opposite, but now it’s over. We cannot change that anymore, we just can make sure that in exactly the same situation it doesn’t happen exactly the same again.”
“But I don’t know yet how the Newcastle game will be; sorry, but the analysis is still to come tomorrow morning [Monday], then I know probably what we have to do there.”
On Steve Bruce being hopeful forward Callum Wilson will be available…
“We expect him to play then. He is a good striker but, actually, they have a couple of really good players. That’s it. We have to be ready for that. Sorry, we can do the press conference here but I can’t now go in the detail for the Newcastle game.”
“It will be another tough challenge, like all Newcastle games always have been. We have three days, let’s make sure we are ready.”
Newcastle United Premier League form: LWWLDL
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Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Darlow; Manquillo, Fernandez, Schar, Clark, Lewis; Ritchie, Longstaff, Hayden, Joelinton; Wilson
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Fabinho, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Mo Salah Anytime Scorer – 8/11 with FanTeam
The current Premier League top goalscorer failed to find the back of the net as his side slumped to a 1-1 draw against West Brom. Salah was uncharacteristically quiet in front of goal but a trip to Newcastle could be fruitful for the Egyptian.
A lot has been made of Steve Bruce’s ‘cautious’ approach which will likely see the Magpies finish up in mid-table obscurity. Setting up in this way can restrict Liverpool to few goals but should the Reds make an early breakthrough, more are likely to follow. At any rate, Salah is the most likely goal-scorer with penalty duties to boot.
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