It is another glamorous weekend in premiere league where the unstoppable reds face Newcastle United at Anfield. Rafa Benitez, manager of Newcastle United is no stranger to Liverpool crowd and Anfield stadium will be well aware of the type of form Liverpool is in. In the recent press conference Klopp has urged his players to be ruthless and take all 3 points from this fixture. Klopp is yet to taste victory against Benitez as both the times Newcastle has managed to escape against Jurgen Klopp’s men. As good as Liverpool’s prospects look in this match, the magpies might have a tough time at Anfield as they fight to escape the relegation battle also.
James Milner might just miss out today’s match due to knock which he sustained in last week’s West ham clash. Henderson and Ings are expected to return while Wijnaldum and Woodburn are still struggling from illness.
For Newcastle Jonjo Shelvey is set to miss tonight’s match due a damaged knee which he suffered last week. While Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie are expected to return from hamstring and illness respectively, but striker Ismail Slimani and fullback Jesus Gimez are expected to be out of this clash.
Expected Line up :
Liverpool –Karius, TAA – VVD – Matip – Robertson,Hendorson – Oxlade Chamberlein – Can, Salah – Mane – Firmino
Newcastle United – Dubravka, Dummet – Lejejune – Lascelles – Yedlin, Diame-Hayden, Kennedy –Perez- Ritchie,Joselu
Head to Head :
Liverpool are unbeaten in 21 home league games against Newcastle since 0-2 loss in 1994.
Liverpool have scored more goals than Newcastle than any other side in Premiere League(89).
Both Rafa’s visit at Anfield has finished in draws both ending 2-2.
Writer’s Prediction :
The deadly front 3 of Liverpool looks unstoppable and with VVD in the backline it is remerging to be one of the best club team in the World. Newcastle on the other hand might not be as easy to beat as the situation shows. They will make life difficult for Liverpool as previously it has been seen Klopp’s Liverpool had to stay with a draw in front of Benitez men. I would still go with the reds to win this match and carry on their red hot form. My prediction would be Liverpool 4 – Newcastle 1.
Match Coverage and timings:
Game: Liverpool vs Newcastle United
Date: Saturday March 3
Time: 17:30 GMT, 23:00 IST
Channel Star: BT Sport 1 or BT Sport 4K UHD
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