Liverpool’s 1-3 defeat to Swansea City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night has left the Reds with just the Europa League as a distraction from league matters until January.
Last Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park has left Brendan Rodgers’ side sitting in 12th place with a negative goal difference after nine games.
The Magpies’ record is pretty woeful at L4, with the Toon Army winning just 11 of the previous 76 visits to Anfield in the league.
The Reds have won the last seven league games against the Geordies at home, scoring 19 times and conceding just twice.
With Liverpool having won just two of the nine Premier League games played so far this season, the Reds will be hoping Newcastle’s dire record at Anfield continues.
I think Newcastle will look at the Everton game and will play a very physical game, and in particular playing long balls forward to their forwards.
Rodgers has a selection headache in goal with many saying Jones should keep his place ahead of Reina. (Not my view at all)
In the last match Jones lost possession more than any of the outfield players on the pitch, and so for that reason alone, I believe Rodgers will drop Jones.
Johnson has a muscle strain, and will probably not start, so unless Henderson or Downing get put at the back, the defence will be settled as before.
Midfield seems to be our only strength in depth, and so hard to select. I like Sahin and think he will have the skills and spine not to go missing in a hard game.
I am very unsure of Suso, as he goes missing in games. Suso was pulled off at half time versus Swansea, but will probably start against NUFC.
He is young and could come good, but until then I would rather Assaidi and Sterling supporting Suarez.
If BR is really bold, then Gerrard could play instead of Suso, with Shelvey filling the midfield slot.
Predicted Line up
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