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Premier League

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

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

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

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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.


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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
47Andre Wisdom Defender
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
31Raheem SterlingMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
42Peter GulacsiGoalkeeper
19Sebastián CoatesDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
24Oussama AssaidiStriker
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
3Davide SantonDefender
14James PerchMidfielder
27Steven TaylorDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
10Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
15Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
19Demba BaStriker
22Stephen HarperGoalkeeper
25Danny SimpsonDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
20Gael BigirimanaMidfielder
31Shane FergusonDefender
23Shola AmeobiStriker
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
28Sammy AmeobiStriker
Players to Watch
Joe Allen
Joe Allen
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 24
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Danny Simpson
Danny Simpson
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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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