The Reds are now under pressure as the European Super League issue is rolling on. The remaining so-called ‘founding clubs’ have become the world’s public enemy, including Liverpool, though the players themselves do not entirely agree with the owners’ decision. This weekend is another potential clash for them to stumble although the club has decided to withdrawn from such exclusive league regarding the possible ‘binding contract’ they have signed earlier. The Magpies shall take this opportunity to pick up at least one point on the road.
The teams’ previous games
The ESL news already impacted Liverpool’s form on Monday while travelling to Elland Road, Leeds. They were held in a 1-1 draw by The Whites. Sadio Mane’s opener at the first half had to be eventually cancelled out by Diego Llorente’s header. They are still stuck on the sixth in the standings.
Newcastle, on the other hand, managed to seal a big 3-2 win over the in-form West Ham United. Issa Diop’s unnecessary own goal gave them the lead. Next, it was Lukas Fabianski who made a blunder leading to Joelinton’s goal. At the second hald, Issa Diop gained his redemption by scoring a lifeline followed by Jesse Lindgard’s penalty. The winning goal finally came late and was netted by the Arsenal loanee, Joe Willock.
Jurgen Klopp is facing the constant squad crisis this season, especially at the backline. The most recent one is the injury of Nathaniel Phillips. He is ruled out here along with Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson and Virgil Van Dijk plus Curtis Jones. Fabinho will be the only option left to accompany Ozan Kabak as the centre back, whereas the midfield area will be occupied by Thiago, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and James Milner or Xerdan Shaqiri in 4-2-3-1 formation.
Meanwhile, Steve Bruce will be deploying 5-3-2 again which has proven effective in the past few games, including a win over West Ham last weekend. Sadly, Allan Saint-Maximin is doubtful to feature here along with Ryan Fraser, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar and Isaac Hayden. However, Callum Wilson could make his return in the starting IX as the front duo with Joelinton.
Players to watch
The Portuguese international Diogo Jota is the one Liverpool count on for scoring lately, alongside Mo Salah and Sadio Mane. He has netted eight times in Premier League this season. Another key man to watch here is the wing back Trent Alexander Arnold who has bagged two goals and provided five assists.
In the Toon Army, none scores as many as Callum Wilson. The former Bournemouth man has bagged ten goals and provided five assists. Another notable name to watch is the former Liverpool man, Jonjo Shelvey.
Liverpool vs Newcastle Prediction
The Reds should strive to snatch a win here but Newcastle’s low block layered wall defence potentially frustrate them. Fortunately, Steve Bruce will not be able to play the swift and sleeky Allan Saint-Maximin on the pitch. Considering their defensive crisis, Jurgen Klopp’s side could be held in a stalemate again.
This clash is bound to be tight, according to the punters. The home side is backed to win at 4/13, whereas Jonjo Shelvey and Co’s win market is at 12/1. The odds for the draw result are the highest at 11/2.