Monday 13th April 2015, Anfield, Live on SkySports 1, Kick-off 8pm
One of the classic Premier League fixtures, sees two teams coming together who really need a win.
Brendan Rodgers will be pleased to have successfully negotiated the tricky trip to Blackburn in the FA Cup quarter-final, even more so considering the state of the Ewood Park surface. However, it’s the league form of Liverpool that will be the most concerning matter for the hierarchy at Anfield.
Two recent losses to teams that Liverpool were recently competing with for a Champions League place, mean the pressure is really on Rodgers to deliver a strong finish to the season. With just 2 wins from their last 5 games, Liverpool will feel they have a great chance to turn their poor form around with the visit of Newcastle.
John Carver brings his Newcastle team to Anfield in the knowledge that the last time they won there was 20 years ago, a 2-0 win the Premier League. Current form would suggest that the long wait for a victory at Liverpool will continue after this match, having won just 1 match from their last 8 in the Premier League. Currently sitting 9 points clear of the relegation zone, there is no real danger of Newcastle being relegated but if form does not pick up soon, the club are going to continue to slide down the league table.
With Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel both suspended, Liverpool will be pleased to welcome back Emre Can from suspension and the return to fitness of Jordon Ibe. Brendan Rodgers commented that ‘Young Jordon will come back in and I’ve got to say he’s looked absolutely sensational in training. He’s been out for a while but he’s been a couple of weeks now out on the field doing his preparation work and he’s joined in the training.’ With the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Mario Balotelli doubtful for the game, Ibe could start the match.
Newcastle still have plenty of injury concerns of their own, especially at the back, with Fabricio Coloccini suspended and Steven Taylor out through injury. Papiss Cisse will also miss the game through suspension, with Ayoze Perez, the winning goal scorer between the teams in the reverse fixture this season, set to start up-front.
Despite the set-back against rivals Manchester United, Liverpool have won 5 of their last 7 games at Anfield and should add another victory to that list against Newcastle.
Liverpool to win by 2 goals at 10/3 with SkyBet.