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  • David Tyrer

Match Preview: Newcastle vs Liverpool

Date & time: Saturday 4th May, 19:45 BST

Where: St. James Park

What channel: Sky Sports Football & Premier League

Referee: Andre Marriner


We knew that Barcelona at the Nou Camp would be tough, but coming away on the end of a 3-nil defeat, having dominated large parts of the match, feels particularly galling for LFC.


But all thoughts of the 1st leg, and what we have to do still in the 2nd leg must be forgotten, as all eyes turn to Newcastle United tomorrow night.


The North East side have been on a decent run of late, picking up 2 wins and a draw in the their last 3 games, guaranteeing themselves Premier League football for another season.


Any idea that Rafa Benitez won't have his team well drilled and prepared to Liverpool's visit tomorrow will would be advised against, as Rafa's teams aren't like that. It'll be a tough one.


Injuries & Suspension

Firmino is still a doubt, with as many suggesting he'll start, as claiming he is being held back for Tuesday night.


We will no doubt see the skipper return to the starting line-up, with Naby Keita being out for the season, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is almost a certainty to take his place on the bench.


For Newcastle, previous injury concerns over Ayoze Perez and Jamaal Lascelles have proven unfounded, as both have returned from injuries and are both available.


The only absentee for the home team on Saturday is likely to be DeAndre Yedlin, although he still has a slight chance of being fit in time to make the squad.


Form

Newcastle: L-L-W-W-D (all comps)

Liverpool: W-W-W-W-L (all comps)


Predicted line-up

With Keita being confirmed as out for the season, we're fully expecting Jordan Henderson to be returned to the midfield against Newcastle.


One decision that will no doubt concern the boss though is whether or not to start Firmino, if he's considered fully fit. If he does, who starts in midfield? One of Gini, Fabinho or Milner are going to miss out.


Klopp will also have to decide who starts up front, as the selection of Gini in mid-week wasn't a great success. Personally, Oxlade-Chamberlain should be given a start.


Starting line-up: Alisson, Trent, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Salah, Shaqiri and Mane.



 
 

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