Liverpool FC vs Newcastle United
| Saturday, March 3rd |
Premier League | Anfield
5:30PM GMT/12:30 PM EST
This weekend, the Kop will welcome back a revered friend in the shape of Rafa Benitez and his struggling Newcastle side. Currently sitting only two points above the relegation zone (where there is currently a 3-way tie in terms of points at 16th place), and fresh off a match wherein Newcastle squandered a two-goal lead to drop two crucial points to Bournemouth, things are not well for the Tyneside squad.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are riding high after strong back-to-back performances against Porto and West Ham United, with an eye to securing another notch towards their quest to lock-up another season of Champions League football. 3 points will definitely be the expectation, but Jurgen’s boys should be on the look out as Newcastle did manage to surprise United at St. James’ Park in mid-February.
Projected Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Can, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Nathaniel Clyne is on the mend but is not quite ready to feature, making him the only notable long-term absence remaining in the Reds physio room. Mild knocks to Milner and recovery from mild illness for Wijnaldum and Woodburn portend a small bit of rotation in midfield. Jurgen indicated that team captain Jordan Henderson is ready to feature and with the mid-week Champions League tilt against Porto at Anfield, we expect him to get a run out. Rotation and returns is the name of the game for our boys this week.
What the Managers Had to Say
Jurgen Klopp: “[Henderson] trained completely normally – all good. It was a really good week for him so far, the best for three or four weeks now.”
Rafa Benitez: “Liverpool is a great team and they are scoring a lot of goals. We have to be strong enough mentally and physically to compete with them.”
Referee: Graham Scott Assistants: Simon Long, Daniel Cook Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick
Kickoff is set for 5:30PM GMT/12:30 PM EST tomorrow, and television listings for the match can be found on LiveSoccerTV. In the meantime, we’ll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it’s released, our live matchday thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on the action as it happens.