WATCH LIVE : New Castle VS Liverpool (Premier League)
NEW CASTLE VS LIVERPOOL MATCH PREVIEW
Liverpool travel to St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon in what is arguably the most anticipated fixture across Matchday 3 in the Premier League.
Newcastle United (74) have collected three more Premier League points than Liverpool (71) since the start of last season, while they did something Liverpool were unable to do last season: secure UEFA Champions League football.
Despite this, Eddie Howe could well be nervous ahead of Sunday’s clash, and based on his history against Jürgen Klopp, he’s got every right to be.
Klopp has won more league matches against teams led by the English boss across his managerial career (11) than versus any other coach, including the last 10 Premier League meetings in a row. If Liverpool win this game, Klopp will set a new Premier League record, as no manager has ever beaten another in 11 successive games within the competition.
Jurgen Klopp vs Eddie Howe Record
Klopp is set to be without both Thiago Alcantara and Curtis Jones through injury on Sunday but will be hopeful that Trent Alexander-Arnold can recover from a knock that saw him substituted last weekend versus Bournemouth.
Newcastle suffered a blow in their defeat to Man City last weekend, when Brazilian midfielder Joelinton was forced off before the hour-mark with injury – he’s likely to face a late fitness test in order to be available for selection in this game. The trio of Emil Krafth, Joe Willock and Javier Manquillo are all sidelined with injury and will be missing for Eddie Howe’s side.
Newcastle vs Liverpool Head-to-Head
Historically, this fixture has been a miserable one for Newcastle United. Only against Arsenal (34) have they lost more Premier League games than they have versus Liverpool (33), while their 113 goals conceded versus the Reds is their joint most alongside their record versus Manchester United.
Newcastle are winless in their last 13 Premier League games against Liverpool (D4 L9) since a 2-0 home win in December 2015 – the last four of these games have ended in a defeat.
Liverpool have won four of their last five league trips to St James’ Park including the last two in a row. They’ve never won three consecutive away league games against Newcastle in their history.
The last meeting between these clubs was back in February, when goals from Darwin Núñez and Cody Gakpo saw Liverpool race into a 2-0 lead within 17 minutes, before Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope was sent off in the 22nd minute for handling the ball outside his box.
Earlier in 2022-23, Liverpool came from behind to defeat Newcastle 2-1 at Anfield. Alexander Isak fired past Alisson on his debut for the Magpies, before goals from Roberto Firmino and Fabio Carvalho turned the game around. Carvalho’s goal came in the 98th minute (97:10) and was both Liverpool latest goal scored, and Newcastle’s latest goal conceded in the Premier League last season.
Overall, in Premier League history the Newcastle versus Liverpool fixture has produced 171 goals across 56 meetings. This average of 3.05 goals per game is below only Newcastle vs. Tottenham (3.16) of the 41 Premier League fixtures to have been played at least 50 times.
NEW CASTLE LINEUP
Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Guimaraes, Tonali, Joelinton; Almiron, Gordon, Isak.
Alisson; TAA, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Szoboszlai, Endo, Mac Allister; Salah, Gakpo, Diaz