Liverpool v Newcastle LIVE commentary and team news: Old rivals face off in key game at both ends of Premier League table

Old rivals Liverpool and Newcastle face off in Saturday’s early kick-off in a key game at both ends of the Premier League table.

Liverpool, who drew with Leeds on Monday night, are struggling to make the top four this season and need to win this weekend.

Liverpool and Newcastle face off in a big Premier League game this weekend

The Reds have also been embroiled in the European Super League furore this week and will want to start making it up to their despondent fans.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are still not safe from relegation but have won their last two top-flight games.

These two drew 0-0 in the north east in December but have played out some classic matches down the years.

talkSPORT will be at Anfield to bring you all the action from what could be another classic.

Liverpool v Newcastle: How to listen

This match will get under way at 12:30pm on Saturday, April 24.

Full coverage from Anfield will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 11am.

Reshmin Chowdhury will be your host and commentary will come from Clive Tyldesley and Trevor Sinclair.

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Liverpool v Newcastle: Team news

Liverpool defender Nat Phillips has not recovered from a hamstring injury in time to face Newcastle.

The centre-back has returned to light training having missed Monday’s draw at Leeds but is not fit enough to be considered for the squad.

Curtis Jones is back after a three-game absence with a muscle problem, while any fears over the fitness of forward Diogo Jota have been allayed.

Newcastle striker Allan Saint-Maximin will be fit to face the champions.

The Frenchman limped out of last weekend’s 3-2 win over West Ham with an ankle problem, but has trained all week and is available for selection.

Callum Wilson, who has made two appearances as a substitute following his return from a long-term hamstring lay-off, is also fit.

Fabian Schar is also back in training after a knee injury but this game will likely come too soon for him while Karl Darlow, Isaac Hayden, Jamaal Lascelles and Ryan Fraser are all out.

Newcastle have improved in recent weeks but aren’t safe yet

Liverpool v Newcastle: Match stats and facts

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 24 home league games against Newcastle (W20 D4) since a 0-2 loss in April 1994.
  • Newcastle’s goalless draw against Liverpool in the reverse fixture ended a run of five straight defeats against the Reds. However, the Magpies remain winless in their last eight league meetings with Liverpool (D3 L5) since a 2-0 home win in December 2015.
  • There have been 3.12 goals-per-game in Premier League meetings between Liverpool and Newcastle (159 goals in 51 games), the highest ratio of any of the 31 fixtures to have been played at least 50 times in the competition.
  • Newcastle have won just one of their 25 Premier League away games against reigning champions (D7 L17), losing the last five in a row by an aggregate score of 20-3 since beating Manchester United 1-0 in December 2013.
  • Liverpool have dropped 13 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, two more than they had across the last two campaigns combined (6 in 2018-19, 5 in 2019-20).
  • Newcastle United have won their last two Premier League games, as many as in their previous 19 (D6 L11). The Magpies last won three in a row in November 2018 under Rafael Benitez, while current manager Steve Bruce last registered three top-flight wins in a row in January 2009 with Wigan Athletic – this is Bruce’s 254th Premier League game since then.
  • Liverpool have conceded the first goal in each of their last seven home league games, though they did come back to win their last such match vs Aston Villa (L6). The last team to concede the first goal in eight consecutive Premier League home games was Sunderland between March-August 2008.
  • Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has been involved in three goals in his last three Premier League appearances (1 goal, 2 assists), as many as in his previous 24 in the competition. He last scored or assisted a goal in four consecutive league games between April-August 2019 (6 assists across 5 consecutive games).
  • Joe Willock has scored three goals in nine Premier League appearances for Newcastle, having netted just once in 40 league games for Arsenal. Willock’s three goals have been worth five points to Newcastle, with only Callum Wilson’s goals more valuable to the Magpies this term (9).
  • Newcastle have won 37% of the games when Allan Saint-Maximin has played in the Premier League this season (7/19), compared to 15% without him (2/13).