Liverpool vs Newcastle
Newcastle had a rough weekend.
Away at Bournemouth, the Magpies went 2-up, and it should have been three had Jonjo Shelvey not wasted a great chance to score on a counter-attack.
Dwight Gayle put Newcastle ahead with a cheeky backheel against the Cherries. And Gayle capitalised on an error from Asmir Begovic to double the lead at the break.
Adam Smith gave Bournemouth hope halving the deficit, before a close range 89th minute leveller from Dan Gosling denied Newcastle the win.
Next weekend Newcastle head to Liverpool, and most will expect Jurgen Klopp’s side to claim all three points.
Liverpool are looking incredible right now. After beating Porto 5-0 in away in the Champions League, they scored four against West Ham.
Jonjo Shelvey has a knee injury
On Tuesday Newcastle United have revealed bad news: Jonjo Shelvey is injured. As reported on the club website:
Jonjo Shelvey suffered a knee injury during Saturday’s draw at AFC Bournemouth.
The midfielder will be further assessed and scanned this week.
Shelvey – who turned 26 on Tuesday – has made 23 appearances for the Magpies so far this season, scoring once.
Newcastle failed to put a timeframe on when Shelvey could be back in action. That will leave fans fearing the worst.
For all the criticism Shelvey can receive – as he did on Match of the Day last weekend – he remains a key player in the middle of the pitch for Rafa Benitez.
Rafa Benitez will continue to be without Islam Slimani for the trip to Anfield.
Gayle is also a doubt after he picked up a knock against the Cherries.
Shelvey injury a really big blow to #nufc. He took some stick on Saturday but has played a key role recently. Onus may be on Merino to step up – hasn't really hit his stride since his own injury.
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) February 27, 2018
If you don't know why Rafa Benitez often drops Jonjo Shelvey, watch Frank Lampard explain why. Criminal for any player to slack off like that, let alone for a club fighting relegation #NUFC pic.twitter.com/GEXMi1yN0J
— Dan McMahon ⚡ (@DanMcmahonF1) February 24, 2018