The Reds beat Bournemouth 9-0 on Saturday, returning to form in emphatic fashion and suggesting they have turned a much-needed corner.
Here are 10 key things you need to know ahead of Liverpool’s fifth Premier League match of the season.
1. Unbeaten start for Magpies
There is much excitement in the air at St James’ Park these days, with last year’s big-money takeover transforming the club’s financial fortunes.
A European finish was the aim at the start of this campaign and the early signs suggest they could be the best of the rest outside of the ‘big six’.
Three draws and a win from four games may not sound too earth-shattering, but a richly-deserved point in a 3-3 draw with City outlined their quality, and they also battled to a gritty share of the spoils away at Wolves.
It is still early days but Eddie Howe’s side are turning into a more formidable outfit.
2. Injury problems mounting
Newcastle go into the midweek clash with lots of injury problems, meaning Liverpool could be facing them at just the right time.
Kieran Trippier faces a race against time to prove his fitness, while Emil Krafth has suffered a potentially season-ending ACL injury.
Midfielder Bruno Guimaraes is a big doubt, having had such a huge influence since arriving back in January, and the same applies to key attacking duo Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson.
New big-money signing Alexander Isak could make his Newcastle debut, however, if the Swede’s work permit is approved in time.
3. Predicted Newcastle XI
Howe could be forced into naming a much-changed team because of Newcastle‘s injury woes.
Isak could lead the line in place of Chris Wood, depending on how ready his manager thinks he is, while Jacob Murphy or Ryan Fraser may come in for Saint-Maximin.
“Luis Diaz will murder Javier Manquillo, who is quite a steady player but hasn’t played at all due to injury and will be rusty.”
Another ex-Liverpool man, Jonjo Shelvey, is a long-term absentee.
Possible Newcastle XI: Pope; Manquillo, Schar, Botman, Burn; S. Longstaff, Willock, Joelinton; Almiron, Murphy, Isak.
4. Who’s out for Liverpool?
Newcastle are not alone is being affected by injuries, with Liverpool’s fitness problems still ongoing.
Darwin Nunez, meanwhile, is serving the last of his three-game suspension.
5. How could Reds line-up?
The main selection headache that Klopp could have is whether or not to bring Matip straight back into the starting lineup.
Joe Gomez has largely done well and arguably deserves to continue, so it will be interesting to see if he will be replaced immediately.
What would you do tomorrow if Matip is fit?
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) August 30, 2022
6. New midfielder still possible
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Klopp admitted Liverpool’s pursuit of a new midfielder is still up in the air:
“The closer we get to the last minute the more unlikely it gets, that’s how it is. But we are not out.
“It’s difficult because, there are for sure some players out there that would be the right ones, but they have different issues some of them are contracts, clubs don’t want to sell – these kinds of things.
“That’s how it is. We cannot force it. We will see.
“Thursday 11pm [is the deadline], there is still time. But when it’s then over and we’ve signed or not signed [a player] then I’m really happy about that because we can stop thinking about it.”
It promises to be an intriguing 48 hours or so!
7. Newcastle’s Anfield struggles
Liverpool and Newcastle have had some memorable encounters down the years, with back-to-back 4-3 wins recorded by the Reds in 1996 and 1997.
In fact, the Magpies haven’t tasted victory at Anfield since way back in 1994, when goals from Rob Lee and Andy Cole earned them a 2-0 win.
A stoppage-time equaliser from Joe Willock in April 2021 is about the most the Magpies have had to shout about at Anfield in many years.
8. Did You Know?
That loss came in front of an eerily empty Anfield, but the unbeaten streak in front of fans goes way beyond that date.
Incredibly, Liverpool haven’t tasted a home league defeat in front of supporters since back in April 2017, when Crystal Palace won 2-1 to dent the Reds’ top-four hopes.
Harvey Elliott was in Year 9 at school at that point!
9. Marriner takes charge
Andre Marriner has been confirmed as the referee for Wednesday’s game, with Andy Madley on VAR duty.
In total, he has taken charge of 59 Reds games in his career, with 30 wins, 18 draws and 11 defeats.
10. Follow TIA’s live blog
Liverpool vs. Newcastle is live on BT Sport 1, with coverage getting underway at 7pm (BST). Kickoff at Anfield is at 8pm.
Alternatively, TIA’s live blog will be running as usual – Dan Clubbe is in the hot seat, keeping you entertained from 7.15pm.
Come on you Reds!