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Newcastle vs Liverpool predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture tonight


Jurgen Klopp must decide whether to rotate his side as much as injuries enable him to when facing Newcastle on Wednesday, or to stick with the line-up which disappointingly suffered a home draw with West Bromwich Albion last time out. The Reds spurned the chance to go five points clear at the top in conceding that late equaliser at Anfield – and the boss faces something of a crisis in defence once more.

Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk were already long-term absentees and Joel Matip has again joined them on the sidelines after suffering an adductor problem in the second half against the Baggies. Even so, Liverpool have only lost once all season in the Premier League and will be massive favourites against a Newcastle team who have been extremely defensive-minded in matches against the top teams this term.

Inconsistencies have blighted all the top-flight sides in recent weeks, but even so there are critics about the manner of defeat the Magpies have suffered against the likes of Leeds United and, most recently, Manchester City.

READ MORE: Defensive fragility threatens Liverpool’s crown

Newcastle could feasibly rise to 11th if results go their way and they take the points, though they haven’t beaten a top-half team since they triumphed over another Merseyside outfit, Everton, in the early weeks of the season.

Here is everything you need to know:

When is it and what time is kick-off?

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The match will begin at 8pm on Wednesday 30 December at St James’ Park.

How can I watch it online and on TV?

The game will be broadcast on Amazon Prime. 

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What is the team news?

Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles are both suffering from long-term effects of coronavirus and are expected to miss out. Martin Dubravka, Ryan Fraser and Jonjo Shelvey are also all likely to be absent. 

Liverpool are still juggling a wealth of injury problems, with Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas, Naby Keita and now Joel Matip joining Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the sidelines. Thiago Alcantara may recover in time to make the matchday squad.

Predicted line-ups

Newcastle: Darlow; Manquillo, Fernandez, Schar, Clark, Lewis; Ritchie, Longstaff, Hayden, Joelinton; Wilson

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Fabinho, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

What are the odds?

Newcastle – 17/2

Draw – 19/4

Liverpool – 2/7

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