Anfield - Premier League
Liverpool are looking to maintain their status as the only Premier League club with a 100% record as they welcome Newcastle United to Anfield on Saturday lunchtime. This fixture has produced plenty of memorable moments over the years, and we hope for another cracking game here.
Liverpool have won the last three meetings between the sides, including a comfortable 4-0 victory in last season’s corresponding fixture, before a 3-2 success in the return at St James’ Park, where Divock Origi scored a late winner. Newcastle’s last victory over the Reds was back in 2015, while while the Magpies haven’t won at Anfield since 1994.
Jurgen Klopp has to make do without his No.1 again this weekend, with Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson still injured. Naby Keita is nearing a return to action, while Nathaniel Clyne is the only other injury absentee for the home team.
Steve Bruce has a tough job on his hands here, and he isn’t helped by a spate of injuries, with concerns over eight players coming into this fixture. Matt Ritchie, Florian Lejeune, Allan Saint-Maximin and Jack Colback are all out, although DeAndre Yedlin, Fabian Schar, Dwight Gayle and former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll could be available for this game.
Liverpool v Newcastle Preview and Predictions
Although Newcastle sprang a real surprise in their last away game, there seems little chance of the Magpies repeating the trick at Anfield this weekend. Liverpool are in great nick at the start of the new season, swatting aside all comers with relative ease so far.
Klopp’s side followed up their victories over Norwich City, Southampton and Arsenal with an easy 3-0 win away to Burnley just before the international break, to sit pretty at the top of the Premier League table two points ahead of title rivals Manchester City at this early stage.
There may the odd crack appearing after Sadio Mane’s public show of frustration at fellow forward Mohamed Salah’s unwillingness to pass to him when he’s in much better positions than the Egyptian, but that also shows how eager each of Liverpool’s lethal front three are to get their names on the scoresheet.
They may have to work for that honour against a Newcastle side who will sit deep and try to stifle their hosts by limiting the space - as they did in their shock 1-0 win at Tottenham - but Liverpool have consistently proved over the last year they have what it takes to break down teams like that. The Reds are the heavy favourites to make it five wins from five at 1/7, while Newcastle are 14/1 for their first victory at Anfield in 25 years. The draw is available at 7/1.
Liverpool to win to nil at 8/11
Newcastle aren’t a high-scoring team and they will have few chances to find the back of the net against this impressive Liverpool outfit.
Salah and Mane both to score at 11/2
The strike duo may be keen to show the world they’re on the same wavelength, and these two are always a constant threat.