In-form Liverpool welcome a Newcastle side who have been reinvigorated by former Reds boss Rafael Benitez, who should receive a warm welcome on his Anfield return.
Jurgen Klopp’s side thumped Everton in the Merseyside derby in midweek to bring up their third consecutive league win, a run that has seen them climb to seventh place.
The hosts are unbeaten in their last five games at Anfield and have lost just one of their last nine at their home ground, whilst their last home defeat against Newcastle came back in 1994.
James Milner’s brace of assists in midweek took his tally to 11 in 2016, three more than the next best player in the division this year; he will be looking to set more goals up against his former club this weekend.
Newcastle have taken four points from their last two matches to breathe fresh life into their survival bid, but they will need to improve on their woeful away record to take anything away from Anfield this weekend.
The Magpies have not picked up a single point on their travels in 2016, and haven’t been in the lead on the road since their last away win, which came against Tottenham in mid-December.
One of Newcastle’s seven wins this season came against Liverpool in the reverse fixture back in December, and if the Toon could complete an unlikely double, it would see them leapfrog Norwich and Sunderland in the battle to avoid the drop.
Liverpool have received a fitness blow with the news that in-form striker Divock Origi is to miss the next four weeks with ligament damage, and his Belgian compatriot Christian Benteke has returned to training but also won’t feature against the Magpies.
Daryl Janmaat remains absent for Benitez’s side, so Tuesday’s goalscorer Vurnon Anita will continue to deputise at right-back. Fabricio Coloccini remains out, but young defender Kevin Mbabu is back in contention.
League Positions: Liverpool – 7th (54 pts); Newcastle – 19th (29 pts)
Previous Meeting: Newcastle 2-0 Liverpool – December 6, 2015
Form: Liverpool – WLDWWW; Newcastle – LDLLWD
Key Players: Liverpool – James Milner; Newcastle – Moussa Sissoko
Shoot Says: Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle