Liverpool and Newcastle United both go into Saturday’s game with plenty to play for, as the Reds run the risk of missing out on Champions League football next season and the Magpies look to secure their place in the Premier League once again.
Liverpool have had a challenging week off the pitch after it was announced the club were set to join the European Super League, leading to Jurgen Klopp and his players publicly expressing their opposition to the plans.
With the club performing a dramatic U-turn on Tuesday, attention now switches to on the pitch, with the Reds currently in seventh place – albeit only two points from a Champions League spot.
As for Newcastle, their 3-2 win over West Ham United at the weekend means they are now eight points above Fulham in the third relegation spot and the Magpies also have a game in hand on Scott Parker’s men.
What time is Liverpool v Newcastle United?
Kick-off is at 12.30pm and is the first of three Premier League fixtures on Saturday.
Both sides go into the contest missing their captains, with Jamaal Lascelles currently wearing a protective boot due to a foot injury and Jordan Henderson out with a groin injury.
Newcastle’s upturn in recent form has partly been down to the return of Allan Saint-Maximin following his own groin problem but he is a doubt for Liverpool after suffering a swollen ankle against West Ham.
Isaac Hayden and Fabian Schar remain sidelined and Ryan Fraser is another doubt with a calf injury.
As for Liverpool, they continue to be light at the back, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all ruled out and Nat Phillips is also a doubt with a hamstring strain.
Curtis Jones and Caoimhin Kelleher are also at risk of missing the game at Anfield.
Liverpool vs Newcastle TV channel and live stream
The match will be televised on BT Sport and will also be available online via the website and BT Sport and Sky Sports apps, with the other two games on Saturday – West Ham vs Chelsea and Sheffield United vs Brighton – both on Sky Sports’ channels.
Liverpool and Newcastle shared a 0-0 draw in their last game in December, as the Reds were unable to capitalise on their 73 per cent possession.
It was their last game of the year and saw Liverpool finish 2020 three points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
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