Confirmed Liverpool v Newcastle lineups: Sturridge starts, Sakho out

Liverpool Supporters

Here is how Liverpool and Newcastle will line up this afternoon...

Liverpool will be hoping to pick up a fourth win in a row when they take on Newcastle this afternoon.

A 4-0 win over Merseyside rivals Everton in midweek has raised fans spirits even higher, and they can go two points behind fifth placed Manchester United with a win today.

The Reds are without defender Mamadou Sakho though, after the Frenchman was suspended this morning for failing a drug test.

Kolo Toure comes into defence in his place, whilst youngsters Connor Randall and Kevin Stewart both start.

Daniel Sturridge starts up front, whilst Philippe Coutinho and Sheyi Ojo are both left on the bench this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Newcastle need to put together a strong run of form to survive relegation, and a 3-0 win over Swansea City before drawing 1-1 with Manchester City has given the Magpies hope.

Manager Rafael Benitez makes his return to Anield having managed the Reds for six years, but he will be hoping to leave his former club disappointed this afternoon.

Benitez has kept the same team which started the 1-1 draw with City in midweek, as Ayoze Perez and Papiss Cisse will again start.

The likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey are all on the bench for Newcastle this afternoon.

Liverpool lineup

Starting:

  • Simon Mignolet
  • Kolo Touré
  • Dejan Lovren
  • Alberto Moreno
  • Connor Randall
  • Kevin Stewart
  • Joe Allen
  • Adam Lallana
  • James Milner
  • Roberto Firmino
  • Daniel Sturridge

Substitutes: Danny Ward, Brad Smith, Martin Skrtel, Philippe Coutinho, Jordon Ibe, Lucas Leiva, Sheyi Ojo.

Newcastle lineup

Starting:

  • Karl Darlow
  • Paul Dummett
  • Jamaal Lascelles
  • Chancel Mbemba
  • Vurnon Anita
  • Jack Colback
  • Moussa Sissoko
  • Cheick Tioté
  • Andros Townsend
  • Ayoze Pérez
  • Papiss Demba Cissé

Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Kevin Mbabu, Rolando Aarons, Siem de Jong, Jonjo Shelvey, Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic.

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