Liverpool v Newcastle United - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Sunday 11th May 2014 at 15:00. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.

Odds: Liverpool 2/9, Draw 13/2, Newcastle United 14/1

Last season: 1-1

Preview & injury news

For the first time since they last won the title in 1990, Liverpool have the chance of becoming champions on the final day of the season. Unfortunately for them, it doesn't wholly depend on them beating Newcastle United at Anfield, as they have to pray for a West Ham United win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The Reds may be ruing the position they stand in, two points off the top of the table, after their 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace having held a three goal lead going into the final quarter of an hour at Selhurst Park. The week before that, their 11 game winning run ended when Chelsea beat them 2-0 at Anfield. All they can do now is win and hope for a miracle elsewhere.

For Newcastle, there has been a substantial amount of unrest at the club with the fans calling for change, and for the sacking of Alan Pardew after an alarming run of form. They currently sit in ninth place in the table having won three and lost seven of their last ten games. Their 3-0 win over Cardiff City last weekend ended a run of six straight defeats, and another defeat at Anfield could see them finishing the campaign in 10th spot.

On the injury and suspension front, Liverpool welcome back Jordan Henderson after a three game ban, with some suggesting he has been missed sorely by the Reds, whilst Jose Enrique is the only absentee through injury as he recovers from a lengthy knee problem.

For Newcastle, they look to be without strikers Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi who have knee and ankle injuries respectively. David Santon has a hamstring problem whilst Ryan Taylor is recovering from a cruciate ligament injury.

Key stats

Here are the top scorers from the two teams in the Premier League this season:

Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 31 32 2,874
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 20 28 2,195
Loïc Remy Newcastle FW 14 26 2,103
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 13 33 2,810
Yohan Cabaye Newcastle MF 7 19 1,509
Yoan Gouffran Newcastle FW 6 34 2,542

Their average possession statistics:

  Possession PercentagePlayed
Liverpool 55.05 37
Newcastle United 49.30 37

And the amount of clean sheets they've kept:

  Clean SheetPlayed
Newcastle United 10 37
Liverpool 10 37

5 players to watch

Jordan Henderson - Henderson returns to the Liverpool side this weekend after a three match ban, and many have suggested they have missed his energy and calmness in the games he's missed. He'll be hoping to help the Reds at least finish the season on a high with a win regardless of what happens elsewhere.

Loic Remy - Remy has been constantly linked with other clubs apart from Newcastle where his loan spell is due to end. He will be eager not only to finish on a high at Newcastle if it is his last game, but to also impress other clubs that may be watching.

Luis Suarez - Suarez was in tears after Liverpool's draw with Crystal Palace on Monday evening and he will need to bounce back quickly as the Reds look to at least put the pressure on City with a win. The Reds may need their top scorer firing.

Steven Taylor - Taylor seems determined for Newcastle to finish the season well after a dreadful second half of the campaign, and he will have a tough task on his hands keeping quiet two men who have scored 51 goals between them, and will be eager to add to it.

Raheem Sterling - Liverpool's young player of the year is nailed on for a place in England's World Cup squad but as always it will be interesting to see which position he takes up, as it usually forms the main part of Liverpool's game plan. At the head of a diamond or out wide for Sterling?

Earlier on in the season

Newcastle United 2-2 Liverpool, October 2013

It was an entertaining game at St James' Park that was full of incident with Yohan Cabaye opening the scoring from nearly 30 yards midway through the first half as his dipping effort got the better of Simon Mignolet. The visitors were level just before the break with Steven Gerrard equalising from the penalty spot when Luis Suarez was brought down by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa when bearing down on goal. It meant the home side were reduced to 10 men, but it didn't stop them retaking the lead after the interval when some poor Liverpool defending allowed Paul Dummett to score, but the Reds equalised thanks to some good work from Victor Moses and Suarez, which allowed Daniel Sturridge to head home the equaliser. The Reds came close to winning the game when a Suarez shot hit the cross bar, but ultimately the visitors couldn't find the winner, and it meant they sat in third place in the table.

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