Liverpool vs. Newcastle
Premier League (20) | Anfield
January 1, 2024 | 8pm (GMT)
The Reds will be keen to keep pace with those around them at the top end of the table, and face a Newcastle side struggling for form so far this season.
Here are the 10 main things you need to know ahead of Liverpool vs. Newcastle.
1. Team news
2. Newcastle injuries
The visitors will also have to contend with fitness issues, with manager Howe indicating in his own pre-match press conference that nine players could be unavailable for the encounter.
Nick Pope, Jacob Murphy, Harvey Barnes, Jamaal Lascelles, Joe Willock, Elliot Anderson, Javier Manquillo and Matt Targett are all set to miss out through injury, while Sandro Tonali remains banned due to being found guilty of betting breaches.
3. Changes expected
The Reds will have enjoyed an unusually long six-day gap by festive standards when Newcastle come to town, but there are still plenty of places on the pitch where the manager can shuffle the pack.
4. Expect time-wasting
Howe set his side up to frustrate Liverpool at Anfield last season, and that was at a time when Newcastle were on the rise.
It ended in heartbreak for the visitors, as Fabio Carvalho smashed home a winner deep into added time, but Klopp will be fully aware that the same tactics are likely on this occasion.
Let’s hope it ends in equally amusing, albeit less stressful, circumstances this time!
5. Jota bonus
Jota does however have just one goal to his name against the Magpies for the Reds, and will be hoping to add to that tally should he be deemed fit enough to be involved from the outset.
6. Howe under pressure?
Remarkably, Howe finds himself in a sticky situation at St. James’ Park despite leading the club into their first Champions League campaign for two decades this season.
A comprehensive beating at Anfield could throw the manager’s future into further uncertainty, but Klopp will be more than satisfied with three points no matter which way they surface.
7. Hitting Newcastle for six?
The Reds have a positive recent record against their upcoming visitors, with the last five meetings all going in the favour of Klopp’s side.
Newcastle haven’t won in any of the last 14 encounters dating back to 2016, and their last win in the league at Anfield came all the way back in 1994.
8. Record points up for grabs
Liverpool have picked up 114 points against the Geordies in the Premier League era, not too shabby!
Only West Ham have surrendered more points to the Reds in that time (115), but that tally can be overtaken with a win on Monday night.
9. Referee watch
Anthony Taylor will be the man in charge on New Year’s Day, the official who was at fault with two decisions that went against the Reds back in October.
He will be assisted from the sidelines by Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn, while Stuart Attwell and Mark Scholes watch on from the VAR booth at Stockley Park.
Andy Madley is the fourth official.
10. Follow along with us!
This Is Anfield will be the place to be if you want to keep on top of everything happening at Anfield, where our matchday liveblog will be available from 7.15pm (GMT) ahead of kickoff at 8pm – which is live on Sky Sports in the UK.
If you’re looking for biased updates on proceedings, look no further!
Just win please, Liverpool.