31 minutes: Newcastle are having fun with a sustained spell of possession however it’s primarily across the midway line. When they do attempt to play it ahead, Matip intercepts Targett’s move.
29 minutes: Matip’s header clear lands at Saint-Maximin’s toes 25 yards from objective. The Newcastle winger pushes the ball out of his toes and fires a shot off steadiness which trickles large.
27 minutes: Diaz darts into the field and it appears like he’s clipped by Targett however the winger decides to remain on his toes, in all probability because of the truth there is no such thing as a contact between the 2.
25 minutes: Gomez pulls down Joelinton on the midway line for some purpose or different. Newcastle waste the free-kick as it’s lifted excessive of everybody and bounces straight into Alisson’s arms.
23 minutes: As ever in these conditions we might be proven the LIVE league desk after each objective to indicate Liverpool are presently prime with 67 minutes to go, to not point out the very fact City play this night.
21 minutes: Schar continues to be on the deck following the problem by Milner however it’s honest to say the previous England midfielder bought the ball. Another big second within the title race.
Marriner waves play on after a Milner problem leaves Schar on the deck. The ball goes out to Keita, who performs a one-two after which goes spherical Dubravka to whack it into the online from six yards. VAR has a take a look at the foul and decides the deal with is honest and the objective stands.
18 minutes: An extended ball is performed into Liverpool territory for Saint-Maximin to chase however Alisson runs 30 yards out of his objective to beat the Newcastle man to the ball. The Brazilian decides towards taking part in it lengthy and simply knocks it out for a throw-in earlier than Saint-Maximin can dispossess him.
16 minutes: Diaz lays the ball into Gomez’s path on the precise, permitting him to whizz in a low cross for Mane to assault. Krafth beats Mane to the ball however it doesn’t matter because the flag is raised for offside.
14 minutes: Liverpool are having extra of the possession and it has helped calm issues down after a frenetic begin.
12 minutes: Liverpool gamers are usually not getting a second to assume once they obtain the ball – a black and white shirt greets them inside a second of their first contact.
10 minutes: Milner whips in a nook from the precise it lands on the penalty spot from the place Van Dijk whacks a volley nicely over the bar.
8 minutes: Liverpool are getting a foothold within the match after Newcastle’s early strain. Robertson slides a move by way of the defence for Mane to chase however Dubravka reads it and comes to assert.
The subsequent Liverpool assault sees Jota acquire a unfastened ball, he’s tackled however Keita runs onto it and hits a shot throughout objective which is deflected large, just for a objective kick to be awarded.
6 minutes: Liverpool have a free-kick on the left after Jota is fouled. Robertson swings it in, Krafth after which Burn head the ball up somewhat out, however they’re spared when Jota thwacks a shot over on the first time of asking.
4 minutes: Newcastle have come out firing, that’s for positive. The ambiance would possibly even encourage me to press excessive. There’s an depth to Newcastle, on and off the pitch.
Matt Dony replies to Ian Copestake (12.14): “I’m not usually one for positivity, but one of my favourite Liverpool goals in recent years came from a long ball against Newcastle (Suarez’s filthy shoulder/chest/knee/velcro control). So maybe it’s not all bad, Ian?”
2 minutes: Saint-Maximin curls in a cross from the left. The bounces round within the field earlier than Milner involves whack it clear to cease Joelinton taking possession.
Peep! Peep! Peep! Here we go!
Hey Jude is blaring out! Na na na na na na na …
It’s a packed home and the groups are readying themselves within the tunnel. The climate is great and so is the ambiance. This might be a testing afternoon for Liverpool.
“That Liverpool midfield three is hideous,” emails Ian Copestake. “Not a jot of creativity between them once Hendo barks at Naby to let him try the good stuff. Hoping Liverpool are switching to a long-ball style!”
Horses for programs?
I believe I nearly justify posting my piece on Thiago and Keita from final week.
Still mildly superb how Newcastle are presently ninth within the desk contemplating how poorly they began the season. I perceive cash has been spent to maneuver the squad however Howe has performed nicely to create a cohesive unit to take them into the highest half with out haste.
A stunning day for soccer.
There’s a lot to look out for this weekend within the Premier League.
Van Dijk is simply wandering across the pitch doing kick-ups. I believe he should have performed round 50 with the digital camera following him. I hope that is one thing he plans on repeating throughout the match.
We are all being disadvantaged of Thiago from the beginning at present, which is upsetting. I believe he’s presently the very best participant in England.
Eddie Howe speaks to BT Sport: “I don’t think there’s such a thing as a weak Liverpool side. We know it’s going to be a very difficult game. We didn’t know which team they would pick today but we’re ready for the best Liverpool.
“The main thing for us is our performance – we’ve set high standards in recent weeks and we don’t want to drop below that, if anything we enhance it.”
Dave Challinor has a mug with a photograph of him embracing Jurgen Klopp sat on his desk on the coaching floor, which is sufficient of a tenuous hyperlink to permit me to submit this.
James Milner begins for Liverpool towards his former membership. He might be in central midfield alongside Henderson and Keita. It’s a brand new trio for me, so it’ll be attention-grabbing to see how they mix in there. There can be a begin for Joe Gomez at right-back.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Burn, Targett, Guimaraes, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Willock, Almiron, Joelinton
Subs: Darlow, Dummett, Lascelles, Ritchie, Manquillo, Wood, Murphy, Gayle, Longstaff
Liverpool: Alisson, Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Keita, Henderson, Milner, Jota, Mane, Diaz
Subs: Kelleher, Fabinho, Konate, Thiago, Salah, Jones, Tsimikas, Alexander-Arnold, Elliott
Klopp is right here to remain (for an extra two years).
Liverpool can not slip up within the run-in and a visit to in-form Newcastle is a far trickier prospect than they may have anticipated earlier within the season. The Reds are buoyed by Jurgen Klopp’s new contract announcement and having one foot within the Champions League remaining after beating Villarreal within the first leg of their semi-final.
The additional excellent news for Liverpool is that Newcastle final beat them in December 2015 when a Martin Skrtel personal objective and Georgino Wijnaldum dink earned the hosts a win at St James’ Park throughout Steve McClaren’s tenure. Newcastle have received their previous 4 video games and will win 5 Premier League matches in a row for the primary time since 2014. To make issues a contact extra daunting for Liverpool, Newcastle have received their previous six residence video games.
Liverpool, nonetheless, have a good report of their very own, having dropped two factors up to now 13 matches. Manchester City face Leeds within the late kick-off so a victory in Newcastle will ship Liverpool prime and put the strain again on Pep Guardiola et al.
Here’s to a cracker!
Kick-off: 12.30pm BST