Liverpool will be facing Newcastle United for their next EPL fixture. And here are some things to look into before the match.
Liverpool will play host to Newcastle United on Wednesday night in the Premier League. They will want to build on their nine-goal triumph against Bournemouth.
The Reds beat the Cherries at the weekend to earn their first three points of the new campaign. On the other hand, Newcastle comes into this match after a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Liverpool vs Newcastle United: Preview
Liverpool began the 2022–23 Premier League season with just two points after drawing their first two games against Fulham and Crystal Palace and losing at Manchester United.
Many people were questioning the club’s potential to contend for the Premier League title this season after their 2-1 loss at Old Trafford. But they responded magnificently on Saturday by defeating Scott Parker’s Bournemouth team 9-0 at Anfield.
Liverpool must now improve on their nine-goal victory when they host Newcastle. And Jurgen Klopp’s team still has to go to Goodison Park for the Merseyside derby against Everton at the weekend.
The Reds’ Champions League campaign will then start against Napoli on September 7. It will be interesting to see how the club’s upcoming few weeks play out. As the Reds are reportedly hoping to sign a new midfielder before the summer transfer market closes.
Liverpool beat Newcastle twice in the Premier League last season, including a 3-1 victory at Anfield. They haven’t lost a game to the Magpies in the country’s top division since December 2015.
Newcastle has been mentioned as a potential contender for a top-seven finish this season. This is due to their outstanding performance in the second half of last season. Moreover, their enormous wealth, which allowed them to make some impressive summer signings.
The Magpies beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 to start their Premier League campaign before drawing their following two games against Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City.
On August 24, Eddie Howe’s team was playing in the EFL Cup. They beat Tranmere Rovers 2-1 to advance to the next round of the competition.
When Allan Saint-Maximin managed to tie the game in the last seconds against Wolves on Sunday, Newcastle narrowly avoided suffering their first loss of the season. With a final score of six points, Newcastle is now in seventh place in the standings.
In their lineup for this game, the Magpies plan to field Alexander Isak, who just set a club record for a signing.
For the match against Newcastle, Liverpool will once again be without Diogo Jota, Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ibrahima Konate, Calvin Ramsay, and Naby Keita.
The match is likely to be too soon for Curtis Jones and Thiago Alcantara, even if both players are now getting closer to returns. Darwin Nunez is still ineligible as well.
Harvey Elliott will be available to start against the Magpies because he was taken off Bournemouth as a precaution. It would not be surprising to see Klopp use the same lineup.
Bruno Guimaraes, Callum Wilson, and Saint-Maximin are all serious doubts for Newcastle and are not likely to be available for selection.
Isak is likely to make his debut, although the Swedish player is likely to come off the bench as Chris Wood is likely to direct the visiting team’s attack at Anfield.
Howe will be without a number of first-team players for the game. This will be including Emil Krafth and Jonjo Shelvey for the Magpies.
In case Saint-Maximin is unable to play, Ryan Fraser will likely take Saint-place Maximin’s in the middle of the field with Joe Willock and Joelinton.
Liverpool’s possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Elliott, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Diaz
Newcastle United’s possible starting lineup:
Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Willock, S Longstaff, Joelinton; Almiron, Wood, Fraser
What Anfield Home Predicts
Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle
The fact that Newcastle is one of the Premier League’s five unbeaten teams this year suggests that the Magpies will have a strong season. However, following their resounding victory against Bournemouth the last time out, Liverpool’s confidence will have grown. And we are supporting the Reds to pick up three more points today.