Liverpool look to move into the top-half of the table this weekend with a victory, but to do so, they will have to defeat a tough and determined Newcastle United outfit who have re-established themselves as a force under Alan Pardew.
Brendan Rodgers’ side were unlucky not to grab all three points in the Merseyside derby last weekend after Luis Suarez’s injury time goal was ruled out wrongly for offside. The Reds were then dumped out of the Capital One Cup at home to Rodgers’ former club Swansea and are in need of reviving their league campaign. Captain Steven Gerrard will make his 600th appearance for the club, but Rodgers could be without Pepe Reina and Glen Johnson again through injury.
Newcastle grabbed a late victory over West Brom last weekend through an injury-time winner from Papiss Cisse, his first of the season, and Pardew will be hoping he can score as prolifically as Demba Ba has this season. Ba has seven so far and those two are expected to partner each other up front away at Anfield, despite Ba’s calf problem. Pardew is without Cheick Tiote through suspension after his red card in the Tyne-Wear derby.
The Magpies have been unlucky with some results this season and should be higher than 10th in the league table. Defeat at Anfield would see them slip into the bottom half and Liverpool would leapfrog into the top half. Luis Suarez will carry the majority of the burden for the Reds and if Newcastle can marshall the Uruguayan, they will win the game.