Liverpool v Newcastle
Saturday, Mar 03 – 17:30
Liverpool claimed an emphatic 4-1 victory over West Ham in their match last weekend, with the dynamic forward three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane all netting for the Reds. Jurgen Klopp’s side are now unbeaten in five competitive matches, and the German will be looking for another win today, to put pressure on rivals Manchester United before the two clubs face off at Old Trafford next week. Liverpool are currently third on the Premier League table, two points behind United – a win today could see them move one point above them.
Newcastle were held to a 2-2 draw by Bournemouth in their last league game, despite going 2-0 up in the first-half. In his post-match interview, manager Rafa Benitez admitted that his side lost ‘composure and control’ – two attributes they’ll need today if they are to take anything from a rampant Liverpool side. The Magpies head into today’s match 15th on the leaderboard, with just two points keeping them adrift of the relegation zone.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- Liverpool are undefeated in 21 matches against Newcastle at Anfield (W17 D4) – their last loss coming in 1994.
- This is only the second time in Newcastle’s history that they have gone 21 games without a win at Liverpool – the first run was between 1952 – 1987.
- The Reds have netted more goals against Newcastle in the Premier League (89) than they have against any other club.
- In fact, Liverpool have found the back of the net in each of their last 21 matches at home against Newcastle – a goal today would see them set a new Premier League record.
- The Magpies have received four red cards over their last four trips to Anfield in the Premier League.
- Jurgen Klopp’s side have not lost a match at Anfield in the Premier League this season (14 games) – the last time they have a longer home unbeaten run was in the 2008/09 season.
- The Magpies have scored first in each of their last four matches in the Premier League – they have only won one of those games (v Man United).
- Each of Rafa Benitez’s last three matches against his former side have ended draws – the two matches at Anfield ended with a 2-2 scoreline.
- Roberto Firmino has both scored and provided an assist in six different matches in the Premier League this season – more than any other player in the competition.
- Mohamed Salah has found the back of the net in each of his last six competitive matches for Liverpool – the last player to achieve this feat was Daniel Sturridge (2014).
Unlike other clubs, Liverpool can focus fully on today’s match because it’s pretty much job done for them in the Champions League. They’ll be looking at cementing a place in the Top 4, and three points here will be important. The Reds have a fantastic record at home, and Newcastle completely blew it in their last away game – giving up a two goal lead when you’re in a relegation scrap in unacceptable. We’re unlikely to see Newcastle take anything from Liverpool today, but we could see plenty of goals, with Salah, Mane, and Firmino hitting top form over their last few fixtures.