Liverpool are back in action with another important Premier League fixture this weekend as they lock horns with a struggling Newcastle United outfit at Anfield on Thursday.
The Reds are in second place in the Premier League standings and have been excellent this season. The Merseyside giants edged Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa to a narrow 1-0 victory over the weekend and will need to take it up a notch in this fixture.
Newcastle United, on the other hand, are in 19th place in the league table at the moment and will likely face a relegation battle in the coming months. The Magpies suffered a 4-0 defeat against Leicester City in their previous game and will need to play out of their skins to stand a chance in this game.
Liverpool vs Newcastle United Head-to-Head
- Liverpool have a predictably impressive record against Newcastle United and have won 87 out of 181 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to the Magpies’ 50 victories.
- Jurgen Klopp lost his first Premier League game in charge of Liverpool against Newcastle United but has since led the Anfield outfit to a nine-game unbeaten streak against the Magpies.
- Newcastle United are winless in their last 25 Premier League away games against Liverpool, achieving their previous victory over 27 years ago.
- Newcastle United have won only two of their last 14 midweek games in the Premier League.
- Liverpool have won 1999 of their 4226 matches in the English top flight and could become the first team to achieve their 2000th victory this week.
- Mohamed Salah has the perfect scoring record against Newcastle United at Anfield and has found the back of the net in all four home games against the Magpies.
Liverpool trio Nat Phillips, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott remain out of action, but there is hope that Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino – who has now returned to training – may both be involved in some capacity.
Firmino is in contention to return, Diogo Jota will expect to earn a recall up top as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drops down to the bench.
Klopp will certainly consider changes before a meeting with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, with Naby Keita, Kostas Tsimikas and Ibrahima Konate all potentially starting on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Newcastle did not pick up any fresh injury concerns in the defeat to Leicester, meaning that Paul Dummett is Howe’s only absentee with his calf problem.
Howe should therefore make a few alterations with a near fully-fit squad ahead of meetings with both Manchester clubs, potentially starting with Miguel Almiron being sacrificed in order to welcome Ciaran Clark back from suspension to a five-man defence.
Isaac Hayden is also ready to beef up the midfield if necessary, but Willock has fond memories of playing at Anfield and will not want to lose his place here.