Paul Ince states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Newcastle

Liverpool have scored more Premier League goals against Newcastle than they have against any other side in the competition (89).

Jurgen Klopp's side suffered a minor stutter during the month of January as they succumbed to back-to-back defeats against Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League and FA Cup respectively, but they have since sorted themselves to make valuable progress.

The same is not true of Liverpool, whose 65 league goals is 12 more than any team but City have managed this season.

Liverpool enters the game on a terrific run of form, having won its last three games by a combined score of 11-1.

"Liverpool are in great form, Mo Salah is just brilliant, and as much as Rafa tries to make it hard at Anfield... it won't happen". "We feel comfortable at Wembley; we know how we play here".

As a result of the cash investment in players and capital infrastructure - the Main Stand, a retail store, a relaid pitch at Anfield and preparatory work on a new £50m training complex at Kirkby - Liverpool's net bank debt increased by £22m to £67m. "We need to be really focused and concentrated on this game".

Manchester United will start next Saturday's game at home to the Merseysiders back in second place if they win at Crystal Palace on Monday. Former Red Jonjo Shelvey won't feature as he's injured his knee and Islam Slimani doesn't look like making the game either with thigh strain.

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits that Newcastle United made themselves tough to break down for large parts after helping his side claim a 2-0 win.

It's also lends a sense, perhaps a false sense, of Liverpool v Newcastle being one of the season's big games.

"I loved it at Liverpool and will always have fond memories of my time there, but I am manager of Newcastle United now and we ll go there to try to claim three points".

Just a handful of points separate the bulk of the teams in the bottom half of the table.

"He's quick in decision-making and in running, a very important player for us". We've had some good results away from home though.

That will be the aim of Benitez and Newcastle again this weekend and the Spaniard has shown his willingness to go to the top four teams and sit deep in the hope of frustrating their hosts in the attempt to gain a point.

However, that run will likely end on Saturday as it is highly improbable for even a Lascelles-led defense to stop the Liverpool frontline from scoring a goal or two.

  • Julie Sanders