Liverpool need to make amends for the disappointing Capitol One Cup exit and try to improve their league position with three points from this match, while Newcastle aim to extend the good run of results and bring at least one point from Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers has experienced numerous problems at the start of his career at Anfield, with the incredibly thin squad arguably the biggest problem. This means that while Liverpool’s starting 11 look good enough to battle even the best sides in the Premiership, they simply don’t have enough quality players on the bench who could make an impact when needed. Following the slow start to the season, the Reds have been showing some improvement, with home wins over Reading and Anzhi followed by a good performance in the Merseyside derby, although the 3-1 home defeat to Swansea in the Capitol One Cup did spoil the atmosphere in the squad. Liverpool now have no choice but to attack their opponents from the off in search of a victory, but their weakened back line could face serious problems against one of the best attacks in the league.
While many doubted Newcastle would be able to repeat the showings from last season, the Magpies managed to keep the standards of their performances at a very high level, even if they were not properly rewarded at the start to the season. Difficult injury list and numerous selection problems prevented the team from getting more than 13 points from first 9 games, but now that all key players are available, the Magpies need to start climbing the overall standings. Newcastle have been clearly raising their form of late, with back to back wins over Club Brugge and West Brom keeping the team in good stead before the clash with Liverpool. Given that Newcastle are still way off from their top 4 rivals, we can expect Alan Pardew’s side to go for a win here. I’m sure that we can see at least three goals in this match.