Rafa Benitez: we have to control Salah, Mane and Firmino

Lemina, 24, has appeared 18 times for Southampton in the league this season and boats two Serie A and Coppa Italia titles whilst with Italian giants Juventus.

It saw the Egyptian find the target for the seventh game in a row and meant he equalled a club record of netting in 19 Premier League matches in a single season.

"Newcastle's survival won't hinge on this".

"They remember stats or trophies". But that hasn't stopped the Spaniard from proving a hard opponent for Liverpool in recent history; Saturday's victory was their first in six attempts against a Benitez-led team.

The Beauvais-born player can also play at left-back and would bring strength, composure and pace to a leaky Liverpool defence. Join us for the team news imminently.

"Now we have to change something", said Benitez.

In their way stand an improving Newcastle side who, in Benitez, have a manager uniquely placed to masterminded a strong performance at Anfield, and who has not yet lost against his old club. "They can play in lots of ways, on the counter or dominating possession".

"You have to have this confidence coming from the game against Manchester United, coming from the first half against Bournemouth".

"If it stays like this it will help us for sure".

Think you can do better than Lawro?

The now Newcastle boss is preparing to take his side to Anfield this weekend in what will be a crucial game for both sides.

Like Shelvey, Islam Slimani is sidelined for at least the next two games. The 13/10 available on Liverpool to win in a match of four goals or more looks backable.

55' - GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle.

Their only league defeat in 19 games came at Swansea in January (W13, D5).

200 - Sadio Mané's goal was the 200th that Liverpool have scored in the Premier League under Jürgen Klopp.

Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle: The Magpies have not won at Anfield since 1994 with Liverpool winning 17 of their last 21 home games against the north east giants.

This is largely due to the scintillating form of Manchester City this season who have been nothing shy of majestic at times, dominating the league from start to finish and Pep Guardiola's treble chasers could become the first team to reach 100 points over a season.

Rafael Benítez was manager of @LFC when this happened in 2007...

  • Julie Sanders