I’VE been highlighting this match for four days – ever since Liverpool blew away Southampton 6-1 to reach the last four of the Capital One Cup.
They could have scored 10 and could have netted eight at Man City and there is serious proof Jurgen Klopp could push his exciting side into a title battle.
A sixth victory in a row at St James’ Park will leave them just three points behind Man Utd and Man City and four adrift of Arsenal. Of course that leaves leaders Leicester and while they’ve been brilliant this season they can’t stay top – can they?
At 9.30pm on Wednesday night, after Liverpool had lit up St Mary’s with a super show, what do you think Newcastle fans did?
a) Did they tell the missus they could after all go shopping on Sunday afternoon, b) Go online and order a new Magpies shirt from Sports Direct or c) Log on and put all their spare cash on Liverpool to win at St James’ Park.
If you answered a or c you’d probably be right. When I looked on Wednesday I was pleasantly surprised and that’s why I chose to put up two Super Singles – and both have been cut.
Liverpool under the Klopp have beaten Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, Man City 4-1 at the Etihad and now Saints 6-1.
Newcastle, meanwhile, under Steve McClaren have been dire. They’ve won two out of 14 – against promoted sides Bournemouth and Norwich – and their only point against anyone of quality has come off Chelsea and even that isn’t much to boast about this season.
They were awful in last week’s 5-1 defeat at Crystal Palace and anything but an away win would be a bigger surprise than Jose Mourinho blaming the ref for his side’s defeat to Bournemouth.
Klopp’s got options now with Daniel Sturridge back, Divock Origi among the goals and Christian Benteke looking a threat. Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho are clicking, Jordan Henderson is fit again and Danny Ings is still to contribute.
Newcastle’s injury problems suffered another blow when defender Mike Williamson was ruled out. He was recalled from a loan spell at Wolves after Jamaal Lascelles picked up a hamstring problem but Williamson is sidelined with a similar injury.
Also out is midfielder Cheick Tiote (groin strain), keeper Tim Krul (knee ligaments), defenders Steven Taylor (hamstring) and Massadio Haidara (knee cartilage), midfielders Gabriel Obertan (hamstring) and Rolando Aarons (foot) and striker Emmanuel Riviere (knee).
Liverpool’s only real problem is over midfielder Coutinho who is a doubt after missing the last three games while another midfielder Emre Can is banned.
Liverpool -1 (4pm)
(9-5, Stan James)
Liverpool to score 3+
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