Liverpool vs Newcastle preview
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Last Updated: 13/09/19 4:20pm
Team news, key stats and predictions ahead of Liverpool vs Newcastle in the Premier League
Alisson Becker and Naby Keita will again be sidelined for Liverpool's clash with Newcastle. Adrian will keep his place in goal as Alisson continues to recover from the calf injury he suffered on the opening day of the season that is likely to rule him out for another month at least. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is hopeful midfielder Keita (hip/groin) will return to training next week.
Sean Longstaff is out for Newcastle after suffering an ankle injury in training. Longstaff was hurt blocking a cross during Thursday's session and is still being assessed, and will join fellow midfielders Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring) and Matt Ritchie (ankle), striker Dwight Gayle (calf) and defenders Florian Lejeune (knee) and DeAndre Yedlin (groin) on the sidelines. Frontman Andy Carroll was due to see a specialist on Friday afternoon as he looks to return to full training following ankle surgery earlier this year.
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- Liverpool are looking to become the fourth team to win 14 consecutive English top-flight matches, after Arsenal (14, August 2002), Man City (15, August 2019) and Man City again (18, December 2017). The Reds could become the first team to win 14 in a row while scoring more than one goal each time.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 23 Premier League home games against Newcastle (W19 D4), scoring in every single one of those matches (58 goals), while keeping 12 clean sheets.
- Newcastle were the second side to defeat Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool in the Premier League in December 2015. Since then they've drawn two and lost three of their top-flight meetings with the Reds.
- Liverpool have scored 98 Premier League goals against Newcastle - they could become the third team to score 100+ against a single opponent in the competition, and first to do so against a side who hasn't been ever-present (Arsenal 107 v Everton, Manchester United 100 v Everton).
- Only against Manchester United between 1973 and 2012 (29 games) have Newcastle had a longer winless run away from home in the top-flight than their current run of 23 games without a win against Liverpool.
I am reading this week that there are a few injuries floating around Newcastle. Steve Bruce's last away game at Tottenham was a stunning result. Newcastle will be better suited away from home - they do not know what their fans will be doing regarding ownership.
I don't know who will be fit for Liverpool or whether they will go with the formidable front three, but at the moment Liverpool look as though they can wipe the floor with most teams. You cannot open up against them. Joelinton needs time and will not get any service. We will see how structured Newcastle can be at the back - they will have been working hard defensively.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (11/2 with Sky Bet)