A game between 2 broken teams. Liverpool were tactically out-gunned by a very in form Arsenal team last time out in this competition and Newcastle had to endure a 5th consecutive derby loss to Sunderland. Although Liverpool scraped past Blackburn in the quarter final reply of the FA Cup, on Wednesday to reach a Wembley semi, they will still be hurting from the loss at the Emirates. Check out the Liverpool v Newcastle Head to Head record.
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Emre Can has served his one-game suspension picked up in North London whereas Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel complete theirs. Adam Lallana and Mario Balotelli remain out with a groin injury and illness respectively. Mamadou Sakho has also been ruled out of this one with a hamstring injury picked up in the hard fought win at Ewood Park in midweek. Jordan Ibe comes back into the squad after retuning from a six week long knee injury.
Daryl Janmaat could feature after overcoming a calf problem whereas neither Rolando Aarons nor Siem de Jong are yet available to John Carver despite them returning to first team training this week.
Liverpool have won 66% of games against Newcastle at Anfield, averaging 2.25 goals per game whereas the Magpies have only won 15% of the fixtures on the red half of Merseyside but have averaged 1.01 goals per game. Last time these two teams came up against each other, Newcastle beat the Reds 1-0 thanks to an Ayoze Perez goal.
Liverpool were in red hot form before the defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal and will be looking to regain that momentum as they aim to beat Manchester City to the final Champions League qualifying place. A win today would put them 4 points behind the Champions and I think that is exactly where they will be when Lee Mason blows the final whistle this evening. I’m going for a confident Liverpool win and a man of the match display by Jordan Henderson.
Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle