- On paper, Liverpool v Newcastle is the biggest mismatch of thew weekend
- League-leading Liverpool are the only top-flight team with four wins from four
- Newcastle have been up and down but they did manage to win at Tottenham
- To take the points from Anfield they are 25/1 with the Reds as short as 1/9
- Liverpool v Newcastle, Anfield, Saturday 12.30pm
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 23 Premier League home games against Newcastle (W19 D4), scoring in every single one of those matches (58 goals), while keeping 12 clean sheets.
- Newcastle were the second side to defeat Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Premier League in December 2015. Since then they’ve drawn two and lost three of their top-flight meetings with the Reds.
- Liverpool have scored 98 Premier League goals against Newcastle – they could become the third team to score 100+ against a single opponent in the competition, and first to do so against a side who hasn’t been ever-present (Arsenal 107 v Everton, Manchester United 100 v Everton).
- Only against Manchester United between 1973 and 2012 (29 games) have Newcastle had a longer winless run away from home in the top-flight than their current run of 23 games without a win against Liverpool.
- Liverpool are looking to become the fourth team to win 14 consecutive English top-flight matches, after Arsenal (14, August 2002), Man City (15, August 2019) and Man City again (18, December 2017). The Reds could become the first team to win 14 in a row while scoring more than one goal each time.
- Newcastle have won three of their last five Premier League away games (D1 L1), as many as they had in their previous 24 on the road (W3 D9 L12). They last won consecutive games away from home in January 2018.
- Liverpool are looking to win their opening five Premier League matches of a season for the second time in as many seasons, having done so in 2018-19 – the only two teams to do so previously in back-to-back seasons are Chelsea (2009-10/2010-11) and Man City (2015-16/2016-17).
- Newcastle United have won none of their last 27 away top-flight games against teams starting the day top of the table (W0 D5 L22) since a 1-0 win at Brian Clough’s Derby County in April 1972.
- Sadio Mané has played 50 Premier League matches at Anfield without losing – 49 with Liverpool, one with Southampton (W40 D10 L0) – more than any other player has played on a ground without ending on the losing side in Premier League history.
- Steve Bruce has lost just four of his last 17 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (W5 D8 L4), winning his most recent game against the Reds in April 2015 with Hull City.
Liverpool are on the march – out on their own at the top of the table after four straight wins
Joelinton will need to have his shooting boots on for Newcastle to have any hope at Anfield
Alan Kennedy, Kevin Keegan, Peter Beardsley, John Barnes, Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Andy Carroll… the list of players and managers to have represented both Liverpool and Newcastle is long and (in most places) star-studded – but for this week, and this week only, we’re branding it the Michael Owen derby. Well, he’s in the news.
It’s fair to say that Owen rubbed a few people up the wrong way with his controversial autobiography, Reboot, and most Magpies were spitting feathers after reading certain chunks on MailOnline (there’s no way they were buying the book themselves).
He could make it up to them by backing them to take something from Anfield but Owen’s no mug when it comes to predictions – writing for BetVictor he tipped a 2-2 draw in the north London derby in the last Premier League weekend and had a couple of decent winners in the international midweek fixtures.
He’ll know that Newcastle haven’t won at Liverpool since a League Cup tie in 1995, they last won there in the league in 1994 and that the aggregate score from the two most recent Anfield meetings – since Newcastle came back up – is 6-0 to the hosts.
The Toon, with Steve Bruce in charge, already look as if they’re in for a roller-coaster ride after following up a hammering at Norwich by winning at Tottenham. In the opposite dugout Jurgen Klopp is the proud owner of the only 100 per cent record in the division.
Owen can’t see him surrendering it this weekend and is tipping 2-0 to the hosts.
Alisson Becker and Naby Keita will again be sidelined for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Newcastle. Adrian will keep his place in goal as Alisson continues to recover from the calf injury he suffered on the opening day of the season that is likely to rule him out for another month at least. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is hopeful midfielder Keita (hip/groin) will return to training next week.
Sean Longstaff is out for Newcastle after suffering an ankle injury in training. Longstaff was hurt blocking a cross during Thursday’s session and is still being assessed, and will join fellow midfielders Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring) and Matt Ritchie (ankle), striker Dwight Gayle (calf) and defenders Florian Lejeune (knee) and DeAndre Yedlin (groin) on the sidelines.
What the bosses are saying
Jurgen Klopp on Alisson Becker: ‘It was a really serious injury in the calf and it’s now much better. That’s good for us and good for him but we don’t know exactly [when he will return].
‘The target was always after the next international break he could be ready but we don’t know. Hopefully everything will be fine for the rest of the season, that’s the plan.’
Steve Bruce on their 25-year wait for a win at Anfield: ‘A record is always there to be broken. They haven’t lost at home for two and a half years and are the European champions. They are as good as you get. We hope to catch them on an off day.
‘Up front, they are as good as I’ve seen so we’re going to have to defend well, but you have to try to enjoy it.’
What the bookies say
They’ve priced this one up as the biggest mismatch of the weekend with Newcastle available at 25/1 to win at Anfield and Liverpool as short as 1/9 with some bookies. The draw is 8/1.
MailOnline Sport prediction
Liverpool have conceded in five of their six games this season – only Burnley were kept out – so a home win with both teams scoring appeals at 2/1 with a couple of firms. The odds are pointing to a a heavy home win but as ropey as Newcastle have looked at times, they’ve only let in more than one goal once in five games – at Norwich. So, correct-score backers could do worse than snap up the 11/1 for a 3-1 Reds victory. LONG SHOT – Virgil van Dijk and Joelinton both to score – 40/1 (bet365).