Newcastle have turned around a couple of great performances - beating Tottenham and Manchester City away from home, so Liverpool will need to be on top form to get the better of the Tyneside club.
Alan Pardew was rumoured to be in line for the sack for several weeks this month, and last, but Mike Ashley stood by the gaffer - which is looking now, like a good decision.
But Liverpool will be hoping to get the better of Newcastle in what is typically a high-scoring affair. For one Liverpool man doing so would mean getting one over on his old boss.
Alan Pardew was manager at Southampton prior to taking the Newcastle United job and helped mould the early career of Adam Lallana.
Lallana, who joined Liverpool from Southampton for £25 million this summer, has been discussing his former boss to the official Liverpool website.
"They [Newcastle] picked up two great away results at Tottenham and Manchester City, but I've always found going up to St James' Park a tough game from my days at Southampton.
"I know the manager well from Southampton, so it'll be a difficult game but one we're looking forward to and hopefully we can get a good result.
"I've got a good relationship with Alan. He was good for me in my early years at Southampton when I was 20/21. I played my first full season under him.
"It's nice to see them doing well because he was under a bit of pressure, so I'm happy they've picked up some good form. They've got a lot of new players in, but we'll definitely be looking to get the three points."
It will certainly be interesting to see if Lallana can get one over on his former boss this afternoon.