Liverpool vs Newcastle LIVE: Jurgen Klopp’s side look to boost their hopes of a top-four finish against Steve Bruce’s in-form Magpies who are desperate for points in their own bid to escape Premier League relegation
- Liverpool host Newcastle in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off in the Premier League
- Jurgen Klopp’s side ended their miserable home form with a win over Aston Villa
- Hosts are in desperate need of three points in the race to finish in the top four
- The Magpies arrive on Merseyside having beaten Burnley and West Ham recently
- Latest Premier League news, including fixtures and results
- Premier League table – as it stands
Liverpool host Newcastle in Saturday’s lunchtime Premier League encounter needing a win to boost their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp’s side come into the Anfield encounter two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who play fellow European hopefuls West Ham later in the day.
Newcastle, meanwhile, are also desperate for points in their battle to avoid the drop but recent wins over Burnley and West Ham have steered them to eight points clear of the bottom three.
Follow Sportsmail’s Kishan Vaghela for live EPL coverage of Liverpool vs Newcastle, including scoreline, lineups and build-up.
Good start from Liverpool, who are stroking the ball around nicely under some glorious sunshine for a change at Anfield.
So, it’s Mo Salah and the hosts who get us underway, back at Anfield after the madness of the last week.
All set then, so will Liverpool get back on track in the race for the top four, or will the Magpies move further towards safety?
Steve Bruce: ‘Whenever you come here it’s in the air that you’re in the big arena, it’s always difficult. But you have to enjoy taking on the champions, a wonderful club. It’s one of the big ones on the calendar. They’ve had a difficult week but they’ll want to put it all behind them.
‘Just at the right time we got a few people back and in the last few weeks we have found resilience to put back to back wins together.
‘Joe Willock won’t want to be called a supersub, he’s done great.’
Van Dijk may be missing today, but Liverpool are reportedly closing in on the signing of a centre-back, and a good one at that.
A quarter of an hour before we have kick off at Anfield, where Liverpool could jump back into the top four with a win.
Goal glut or bore draw today then?
Virgil van Dijk is at Anfield and having a chat with Jordan Henderson as the duo miss out through injury.
One man who is back is Mo Salah, having scored four goals in eight games against today’s opposition.
The Egyptian is also in the race for the Golden Boot this season, trailing the injured Harry Kane on 21 by two.
On the bench again today, but Newcastle have signalled their desire to keep Arsenal loanee Joe Willock on a permanent deal.
The midfielder has scored three goals since moving to the north east in January, the latest last weekend with the winner before getting a vote of confidence from Steve Bruce.
It comes at a time when the Gunners are struggling for goals from their midfielders.
So has Mikel Arteta’s loss been Bruce’s gain?
No opposition to the Reds player making their way through, and support for Jurgen Klopp too.
Things were, to put it bluntly, looking bleak for Steve Bruce and Newcastle after Brighton scored three past them late last month.
But since they have drawn once and won twice, including a fantastic 3-2 win against Champions League-chasing West Ham last weekend.
The Magpies are now eight points clear of Fulham, who occupy the last relegation spot, and have a game in hand. Whisper it, but a couple more wins should about do it.
Just one of the many owners who have come in for criticism following the breaking down of the Super League, John W. Henry has had a week to forget at Liverpool.
A few fans have gathered outside Anfield to protest the decision to join the Super League and have called for FSG to go. But captain Henderson has come out in support of them.
Read what the England star had to say.
An unwanted record could be heading Liverpool’s way today after ending a barren run at Anfield not so long ago.
A last-gasp Trent Alexander-Arnold strike against Aston Villa saw the Reds end a rut of losing their last six and winless in eight before that at Anfield.
But they have kept just one clean sheet in their last top-flight games at home, and should they concede first today, it will be the eighth Premier League game in a row they have let the first goal in, a record stretching back to 2008 with Sunderland.
No changes from Steve Bruce from the side that beat 10-man West Ham last weekend.
Just the one change from Jurgen Klopp from the game at Elland Road, as the Reds welcome Mo Salah back into the fold at the expense of James Milner.
So, after the quietest week in football for a long time, the weekend’s football finally begins.
The Super League dominated talking points throughout the week, as Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side found out on Monday night in their draw at Leeds.
That stalemate dealt a blow to their chances of qualifying for the Champions League, so they will be keen to return to winning ways today against an improved Newcastle side.
Without further ado, let’s get you those teams…
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