Newcastle’s only loss in the Premier League this season has been against the current foe, Liverpool.
Despite a campaign that is far below their own expectations, Jurgen Klopp’s team still aspire to outrank their opponents and secure a high ranking in the standings before the close of the season in May.
Defeating today’s opponent would definitely bring an end to any thoughts of a late surge to secure a place in the Champions League as well as further boosting Newcastle’s conviction in their own campaign.
Almiron darts back into a position that gives him a lot of room within the penalty area, but Alisson rushes out quickly to showcase his renowned technique and get ahold of the ball.
At St James’ Park, the crowd took a moment to applause in honor of Christian Atsu and his family who were in attendance, which consists of his wife and three kids.
Jurgen Klopp commented to Sky Sports that he cannot declare the competition for the Champions League spots as of yet – they must accrue points and maintain balance – and if they manage to lower the difference in points to Newcastle, it will be of help and that is what they will attempt to accomplish today.
Allan Saint-Maximin expressed his deepest sympathy for his former colleague Christian Atsu, who was unfortunately a victim of the tragic earthquakes that occurred in Turkey. He paid tribute to the Newcastle teammate before their game began.
It is a heartbreaking tragedy.
What significance could this individual possess this afternoon?
Liverpool maintain the same group who won over Everton on Monday except for the important addition of Virgil van Dijk returning to the set up.
This is the Liverpool starting lineup: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Bajcetic, Nunez, Gakpo, and Salah.
Eddie Howe’s usual choices are drastically limited because of an injury wave, so Elliot Anderson gets the chance to begin a rare match for the Magpies in the offensive position.
Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin have both been declared fit and are accompanying him, but Callum Wilson is limited to a spot on the bench.
Klopp brought back Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, and Virgil van Dijk to the team for the game against Everton on Monday, but only Virgil has taken the field at Newcastle.
The Reds have maintained the same lineup that earned three points from the Merseyside derby.
This Premier League game starts at St. James’ Park on Saturday, February 18th at 5:30 p.m.
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