Liverpool vs Newcastle preview: Confirmed teams for Premier League clash at Anfield
Beat Newcastle at Anfield and Liverpool could go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.
However, it seems unlikely as title rivals Manchester City would have to lose their game at Leicester, while Tottenham would also have to lose or draw against Bournemouth at Wembley.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has preached his players are better off just concentrating on themselves and they could be in for a stern test against a Newcastle side managed by former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez as the Magpies look to pull away from the Premier League’s relegation zone.
But Liverpool, who are unbeaten in the league so far this season, should feel confident about getting the win as they boast an impressive Boxing Day record at Anfield having not lost at home on that day since the 1986/87 season.
In addition, since losing their first ever Premier League home game against Newcastle (0-2 in April 1994), Liverpool are unbeaten in each of the 22 subsequent meetings (W18 D4).
What the managers are saying
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool): “We need to stay angry, stay greedy, and that’s what we need to do against Newcastle.
“It’ll be the third time we’ll be up against a back five. Rafa can organise a defence really well – not so cool, but good for him – but we will try.”
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Rafael Benitez (Newcastle): “We have to be realistic and understand that we will be in the bottom half during the whole season.
“For me, it is almost clear and if we can be better than three teams, it will be another miracle.”
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Mane, Salah, Firmino
Subs: Mignolet, Clyne, Fabinho, Keita, Sturridge, Lallana, Origi
Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Diame, Kenedy, Muto, Joselu
Subs: Schar, Murphy, Rondon, Perez, Manquillo, Longstaff, Woodman
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