Team - Newcastle's starting XI against Liverpool today

Alan Pardew is expected to field an attacking line-up in his bid to avenge last season's 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool.

The Magpies host Brendan Rodgers' men at St James' Park in a televised 12.45pm kick-off - with the Toon looking to build on their 2-1 victory against Cardiff before the international break.

Although the official Newcastle United starting XI has not been confirmed, sources close to the club have have told Here Is The City that Pardew will make two changes to the team that won at Cardiff.

The starting XI against Liverpool is as follows:


Debuchy - Williamson - Yanga-Mbiwa - Santon

--------------Cabaye - Tiote - Sissoko--------------

--Ben Arfa-----------Remy--------------Gouffran--- 

Out goes the injured Fabricio Coloccini, with Frenchman Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa preferred to Steven Taylor as partner for Mike Williamson in defence.

The other change sees Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse dropped, with Loic Remy taking up a central role. Hatem Ben Arfa comes in for Cisse, and will play on the right side of a three-pronged attack.

The midfield trio remain the same, with Cheick Tiote keeping his place in the team ahead of Dutch star Vurnon Anita.

Although the formation is believed to be 4-3-3, Pardew may opt for a 4-2-3-1 shape to counter the threat from Liverpool. In that case, Tiote and Sissoko will protect the defence, whilst Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Gouffran will support lone striker Remy.

The match is being televised in the UK on BT Sport.

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