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Premier League

  • 4 November 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 44803

Liverpool - Newcastle Preview: Magpies chase first win at Anfield in 18 years

Brendan Rodgers will be looking for his side to bounce back from their Capital One Cup defeat to Swansea, while the visitors will be looking for their third win on the bounce



Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique

Allen, Gerrard
Sterling, Suarez, Suso


 Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon

Ben Arfa, Perch, Cabaye, Gutierrez
Ba, Cisse

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be without long-term absentees Lucas Leiva (thigh), Fabio Borini (foot) and Martin Kelly (knee) for the game, but has no new injury news to report, with Glen Johnson and Pepe Reina both expected to return.

His opposite number Alan Pardew will be without Cheikh Tiote, with the combative midfielder serving the second of his three-game ban for a red card received against Sunderland.

Elsewhere, Demba Ba is expected to have a late fitness test on a shin injury while Ryan Taylor and Dan Gosling are ruled out with knee injuries and are not expected back for some time.

  • Liverpool won this fixture last season 3-1 courtesy of a Craig Bellamy double and a goal from captain Steven Gerrard (pictured). A Daniel Agger own goal provided the visitors with consolation.
  • That victory was the only game last season where Liverpool conceded first and then went on to win on home soil in the Premier League.
  • The Reds have scored just four goals in four games at home so far this term.
  • Brendan Rodgers' side have also kept just two clean sheets in the league this campaign. Newcastle have fared even worse, keeping just one.
  • Newcastle have drawn their last three away games in the top flight.
  • A win at Anfield would be the Magpies' first since 1994.
  • Alan Pardew's side won the last meeting between the two clubs, posting a 2-0 victory at home in April last season.

Players to watch

J. Allen

Position: Midfielder

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The diminutive midfield schemer has been a success story since making a move from Swansea in the summer and it will be intriguing to see how he matches up against Yohan Cabaye. 

Allen possesses the ability to dictate the tempo from deep and his control of the game will have a large bearing on how the side performs.

D. Simpson

Position: Defender

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Liverpool's main threat comes down their left flank and Suso, Glen Johnson and Luis Suarez will all likely occupy around that area before moving inside at various points during the game.

 This should give Simpson a real headache in terms of which players he picks up and his performance will be crucial.

Editor's Prediction

While Brendan Rodgers' squad may lack depth, whenever the Reds boss has been able to put out a side close to his first-choice starting XI of late they have done reasonably well. 

Newcastle may need to show more than the consistent and steady displays they have treated their fans to on the road so far this season to emerge from the game with anything.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

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Newcastle United FC NEW
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