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Liverpool v Newcastle: Sakho ruled out for Reds

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will miss Monday’s visit of Newcastle with a hamstring injury.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 29, 2014: Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho in action against Swansea City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The France international came off in the first half of Wednesday’s FA Cup win over Blackburn but his absence will be lessened by the return from suspension of Emre Can, although Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard must serve the final match of their three-game bans.

Striker Daniel Sturridge should be fit after complaining of muscle tightness while manager Brendan Rodgers will wait to see if Mario Balotelli has recovered from illness.

Liverpool v Newcastle is 8pm kick off on Monday night.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Johnson, Can, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Lucas, Allen, Sterling, Coutinho, Sturridge, Jones, Toure, Enrique, Manquillo, Markovic, Brannagan, Lambert, Borini, Ibe.

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