Liverpool vs Newcastle prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle
Liverpool come into the match as the only club still trying to maintain a perfect start to the Premier League season.
The early league leaders showed their title credentials last time out prior to the international break, against Burnley. Liverpool brushed them aside with a 0-3 away win at Turf Moor.
An impressive feat at a ground where the top sides struggle to create big chances while also having to manage Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood at the other end.
Meanwhile, Newcastle come into the match having picked up four points from six from their last two matches.
Their only win so far this season came in their last away match, as they beat Tottenham 1-0 in London.
A match that will surely serve as the blueprint for trying to bring three points home from Anfield on Saturday.
Liverpool vs Newcastle: Who will win?
Liverpool’s winning streak in the league stretches back to the beginning of March when they drew 0-0 with Everton, at Goodison Park.
Can they extend it to fourteen straight wins with another three points here? They are massive favourites to do so at 1/7 on.
Newcastle are undefeated in their last two games coming into this one. Can they grab a point here to keep that run alive? The odds of 7/1 suggest they will be up against it to do so.
The Reds are undefeated in their last 40 home matches in the Premier League. Can Newcastle be the side to end that streak on Saturday?
They have failed to win here on any of their last twenty-four visits, in all competitions. Unsurprisingly then, they are 14/1 to win here at the weekend.
Liverpool vs Newcastle: Who will score?
Mohamed Salah has started the season in fine form with three goals in four Premier League games already. He has been a thorn in the side of Newcastle since joining Liverpool.
Salah has scored in each of the last three games against them; three goals and an assist in total. The Egyptian King is the 13/5 favourite to grab the opening goal of the game at the weekend. Or 8/15 to score at any time.
While Salah has been Liverpool’s chief goal-getter since he joined the club, there is no doubt the man their system is built around is Roberto Firmino. Nobody has played more minutes for the club during the Klopp era than him. Bobby has also started the season in fine form, arguably as man of the match in most of their games.
However, he has never scored against the Magpies in his five matches against them. It is a record he will look to put straight this weekend. At 10/11 to get on the scoresheet during the match, the bookies clearly think so too. Or you can back him at 4/1 to score the game’s opening goal.
Joelinton got his Newcastle career up and running with the winning goal against Tottenham in the Magpies’ last away match. Can he help his new side claim another top-four scalp here with a goal against Liverpool? He is 16/1 to grab the first goal of the game once more, or 9/2 to score at any time.
Liverpool vs Newcastle: Match preview
It is a fixture many look forward to on the Premier League calendar each season, as it rarely serves up a dull ninety minutes of football.
In memory at least, it serves as something of a throw-back to a time when two sides would go all out to attack each other and score goals. Defending was often an after thought, if even that.
Their forty-eight meetings in the Premier League era have delivered no less than fourteen matches with four or more goals scored. The most memorable of which are surely the back-to-back 4-3 wins for Liverpool here back in April 1996 and March 1997.
A year later, they were at it again with the Reds coming back from 0-2 down to secure a 4-2 win here in the 1998 Christmas period.
So the Geordies won’t have too many fond memories of their trips to Anfield. Their 24 visits here in Premier League era have seen 19 Liverpool wins, 4 draws and just 1 victory for Newcastle.
It is also a game that, privately at least, Klopp and his staff will consider a must-win fixture if they are to have designs for going one better this season and pipping Manchester City to the title.
Liverpool vs Newcastle: The ‘Fergie’ Blueprint?
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There is no doubt that Manchester United have been the dominant side in the Premier League era. Since Mr Ferguson’s retirement though, they have fallen from title contenders to top-four hopefuls in just a few years.
From the outside looking in, the blueprint to United’s assault on the league each year seemed to be maximising your points against the bottom half. There are sixty points to be won against sides that usually end up battling against relegation at one point or another.
The next aim is to win most of your remaining home matches against the other top ten sides while also avoiding defeat away to direct competition.
In many ways, Liverpool followed that blueprint last season very effectively having got maximum points from the bottom-ten sides. This is a feat never achieved before in the league. They have also remained unbeaten at home for what is over two full seasons now.
If Liverpool are to be crowned Premier League champions in May, against a Man City side that looks set to rack up around a hundred points once more, then matches such as Newcastle United at Anfield will be seen as three points they cannot afford to let slip.
They are already three for three against sides that look likely to finish in the bottom half of the table. It needs to be four from four come 3pm Saturday.
Liverpool team news vs Newcastle
Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns following the international break. Alisson Becker and Nathaniel Clyne remain side-lined for Liverpool due to calf and knee injuries respectively.
Naby Keita has been unavailable for the Reds since his participation in the African Cup of Nations in the summer with Guinea. Rumours are that he may be available for selection at the weekend.
However, Klopp is unlikely to make the same mistake as Guinea did in the summer by rushing him back into action too soon. Expect his introduction from the bench, at best.
With both Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson having heavy workloads for their respective countries over the international break, Klopp may be tempted to rotate his midfield here.
Oxlaide-Chamberlain would seem the most likely to benefit from such rotation. James Milner and Adam Lallana may also be in with a shout of starting the match.
Shaqiri deciding to stay at Liverpool rather than play for Switzerland may see him rewarded with his first league start since their 1-1 draw here against Leicester back in January.
With Firmino starting both matches for Brazil in the United States, not to mention the travel involved, he seems the most likely candidate for a rest from the front three.
Predicted Liverpool team vs Newcastle
Newcastle team news vs Liverpool
Newcastle are expected to be without as many as seven players for their trip to Anfield.
Jack Colback, Florian Lejeune, DeAndre Yedlin and Allan Saint-Maximin look certain to miss out as they continue their recovery.
Midfielder Matt Ritchie, is likely to face up to two months on the sidelines. He suffered an ankle ligament injury in their Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester before the international break.
Summer signing, Andy Carroll, is unlikely to be available to play against his former club as he battles to regain fitness. However, Dwight Gayle may be available once again to add some depth to their attacking options.
Predicted Newcastle team vs Liverpool
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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.