Curtain comes down on an unforgettable season – Newcastle vs. Liverpool preview

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Liverpool’s last match of the 2019/20 season, the campaign where the Reds finally became the finest club in the country again, takes place away to Newcastle.

Newcastle United vs. Liverpool

Sunday 26 July, 2020 – 4pm (BST)
St. James’ Park
Premier League (38)
Referee: Anthony Taylor


Have you stopped watching back the videos yet? Have you stopped reminding your mates, work colleagues, families and each other than Liverpool are champions of everything? No, us neither.

2019/20 was finally the year, our year, when the jokes had to stop, the accusations of the past were no longer relevant and when every excuse laid down by rival fans was simply swept aside with contemptuous ease.

Liverpool have been the single greatest domestic side in any of Europe’s top leagues this term—and it certainly hasn’t been even remotely close when it comes to England’s finest.

From unbeaten at Anfield (again) to breaking records for the biggest lead at the top in modern history, Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds have been not just better than everyone else, but in a different league, so to speak.

Liverpool's Fabinho (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (PA Images)

It all comes to a close on Sunday, when Liverpool can relax and enjoy a final outing as much of the rest of the division scrabble about for the last few points to get them over the line, or face the desolation and despair that they’ve missed out, not been good enough, must do better.

Next season, we’ll all start on an even keel and Liverpool will have to do it all over again. Prove themselves the best, all over again.

But 2019/20 has been ours, will forever be ours along with the footnotes of every ridiculous obstacle we had to overcome, and Sunday is the final page of that particular chapter.

Let’s finish strong.

 

Team News

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 22, 2020: Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring the fifth goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Same as it was, basically. Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip are the two sidelined, while Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren are unlikely to be played due to impending moves elsewhere.

The boss will have to make decisions over which players are given a final chance to shine, or a farewell appearance if, on the inside, they know another departure or two is likely.

Elsewhere, it’ll be the usual battles: do the kids get a chance? Is it Ox or Naby, Taki or Divock?

Wholesale changes are unlikely as the Reds look to finish on 99 points, but there’s a case to be made for one final bout of marginal rotation at least.

Newcastle are without Fabian Schar, Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles, Emil Krafth and Florian Lejeune, while Steve Bruce will have to make a late call on Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff in central midfield.

 

Last 5 away to Newcastle (all competitions)

Won 3-2 – May 2019 (Van Dijk, Salah, Origi; Atsu, Rondon)
Drew 1-1 – October 2017 (Coutinho; Joselu)
Lost 2-0 – December 2015 (Skrtel OG, Wijnaldum)
Lost 1-0 – November 2014 (Perez)
Drew 2-2 – October 2013 (Gerrard pen, Sturridge; Cabaye, Dummett)

 

Did You Know?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 22, 2020: Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson kisses the Premier League trophy during the trophy presentation as the Reds are crowned Champions after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s biggest-ever win at Newcastle came in April 2013 when we won 6-0.

The only player still at the club today from that match, and who scored twice on the day, just happens to be the man who has just lifted the Premier League trophy: Jordan Henderson.

 

Form

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 5-3 vs. Chelsea
Lost 2-1 vs. Arsenal
Drew 1-1 vs. Burnley
Won 3-1 vs. Brighton
Won 2-0 vs. Aston Villa

Newcastle – Last five results (all competitions)

Drew 0-0 vs. Brighton
Lost 3-1 vs. Tottenham
Lost 2-1 vs. Watford
Lost 5-0 vs. Manchester City
Drew 2-2 vs. West Ham

 

Klopp’s view

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Klopp said that the reaction this season after going so close in 18/19 was a special effort, but says that’s exactly how it should be and he’ll expect the boys to do exactly the same next term to keep the success coming.

“The season we played before, so 97 points and winning the Champions League is really a special year. I know that people will maybe struggle with that or told me that the reaction of the boys was exceptional.

“Yes, the reaction was really good but I think the reaction was like it should be as well. When you are that close, then you just have to invest more and then you can get over the line and that’s exactly what happened.

“We will stay greedy, we have to and we will. But if that then leads automatically to more trophies, I don’t know because other teams have other reasons to make the next step.”

 

TV and Live Blog Info

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 14, 2019: A silhouette of television cameras during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 2 Extra. Kick-off is at 4pm and the coverage starts at 3:30pm (BST). Subscribers can stream on the BT Sport app.

As usual, Chris Williams will be keeping you entertained and up to date with all the match action on This Is Anfield’s matchday liveblog, starting from 3:15pm (BST).

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