Liverpool will be out to prove they’ve truly turned a corner when they travel to face Newcastle in the Premier League this afternoon.
The Reds finally secured their first win in 2023 at the seventh attempt when they bested local rivals Everton 2-0 on Monday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are still down in ninth but have games in hand on their rivals above them and will hope to kickstart a run of their own.
Liverpool are still the only team to have beaten Newcastle in the top-flight this season, with the Magpies on an incredible 17-match unbeaten stretch following that 2-1 defeat in August.
But Eddie Howe’s side have just began to show signs of fatigue in recent weeks, with three successive Premier League draws.
Newcastle vs Liverpool: Date and how to follow
The Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, February 18.
The match at St James’ Park will kick off at 5:30pm.
This match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with live coverage starting from 5pm.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.
If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.
Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the evening while talkSPORT.com will be on hand for all the best post-match reaction.
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Newcastle vs Liverpool: Teams
Newcastle: Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Longstaff, Joelinton, Anderson, Almiron, Isak, Saint-Maximin.
Subs: Dubravka, Dummett, Lascelles, Gordon, Wilson, Ritchie, Lewis, Manquilo, Murphy.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Bajcetic, Henderson, Salah, Nunez, Gakpo.
Subs: Kelleher, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Elliott, Jota, Tsimikas, Matip, Phillips.
Newcastle vs Liverpool: What has been said?
Liverpool boss Klopp has praised Newcastle and Howe ahead of their meeting this afternoon.
He said: “Eddie’s doing an exceptional job, absolutely exceptional.
“The financial possibilities they have are also exceptional, but (their form) is not because of that, not at all.
“Eddie went there in a difficult situation, and it’s not like you didn’t recognise the team anymore from last year – they have built on the team they had, improving players like (Miguel) Almiron – I always liked him.
“But the way they play fits him extremely well. Callum (Wilson) is a fantastic striker, bringing in (Alexander) Isak makes sense.
“Bruno Guimaraes is a massive player. (Kieran) Trippier came in, but loads of players have improved, and that speaks volumes about the manager and how he’s turned it around and made them a proper threat.”
Newcastle vs Liverpool: Match facts
- Mohamed Salah – who has scored six goals in his last 10 Premier League games against Newcastle – has scored 126 Premier League goals for Liverpool, and is just two goals away from equalling Robbie Fowler (128) in becoming the Reds’ highest scorer in the competition.
- Miguel Almirón has scored 10 goals in 22 Premier League appearances for Newcastle this season, which is one more than he managed in his first four campaigns combined (9 goals in 110 games). However, he’s not scored in any of his last four home league games, since netting against Aston Villa in October.
- Alexander Isak scored on his Newcastle debut in the reverse fixture against Liverpool. The last Magpies player to net home and away league goals against the Reds in the same season was Alan Shearer in 1999-00.
- Liverpool’s last three away league games have seen them lose 3-1 to Brentford, 3-0 to Brighton and 3-0 to Wolves. The Reds’ haven’t conceded 3+ goals in four consecutive away league games since September 1954.
- Liverpool have lost their last three Premier League away games. They last lost four in a row on the road in April 2012, the fourth game of which was a 2-0 loss at Newcastle United.
- Since losing 2-1 to Liverpool in August, Newcastle are unbeaten in their last 17 Premier League games, their joint-longest run without defeat in their league history (also 17 in 2009-10 in the Championship). They’ve also not conceded more than once in any of these 17 games – only once have they had a longer run without conceding at least twice in their league history (18 between November-March in 2003-04).
- This is the first time Newcastle are facing Liverpool in the Premier League while at least five places above the Reds in the table since September 2006, when 15th place Liverpool beat Newcastle in 9th 2-0 at Anfield.
- Liverpool have come from behind to beat Newcastle 10 times in the Premier League, including a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture this season. No side has done so more often against a single opponent in Premier League history (Man Utd also 10 vs both Newcastle and Southampton).
- Liverpool are unbeaten in five away league games against Newcastle (W3 D2) – they’ve never gone six without defeat at St James’ Park in their league history.
- Newcastle are winless in their last 12 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D4 L8) since a 2-0 home win in December 2015 under Steve McClaren.