Newcastle vs Liverpool LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Premier League fixture tonight

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Some hope, perhaps, for Newcastle…

Liverpool will move five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a win at St James’ Park, although things are tighter than many anticipated. Manchester United’s late win against Wolves yesterday has taken them to within two points of the champions, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will have a game in hand after tonight.

For Newcastle, there is a growing need to appease the club’s increasingly disillusioned fans. The football, while sometimes effective, has been dire, and another passive, overly cautious performance here could lead to more criticism for Steve Bruce and his players.

There were, of course, supposed to be two Premier League games tonight, but the earlier clash between Fulham and Tottenham was postponed because of new coronavirus cases.

Spurs vs Fulham game called off just hours before kick off

The match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the second Premier League match to be cancelled in a week after Everton vs Man City

Just the one change for Newcastle following their 2-0 defeat at Manchester City on Boxing Day. Callum Wilson returns to lead the line for Steve Bruce’s side.

Liverpool, meanwhile, bring in Nathaniel Phillips in place of the injured Joel Matip, and there’s a start for former Newcastle man James Milner, who replaces another ex-Magpie in Georginio Wijnaldum.

TEAM NEWS

Thiago Alcantara returns to Liverpool squad to face Newcastle United

Thiago Alcantara returns to Liverpool squad to face Newcastle United

The summer signing returns despite his manager claiming he wouldn’t be involved

Thiago included in squad

Newcastle vs Liverpool: Recent head-to-head record

  • 26/07/20: Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool
  • 14/09/19: Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle
  • 04/05/19: Newcastle 2-3 Liverpool
  • 26/12/18: Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle
  • 03/03/18: Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle

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