Daniel Sturridge has scored four goals in his last three games against Newcastle United and could start for Liverpool at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Mike Williamson is unavailable for Newcastle after suffering a hamstring injury just days after being recalled from his loan spell at Wolves to cover for Jamaal Lascelles, who was injured in last weekend’s 5-1 defeat at Crystal Palace. Cheick Tiote also misses out with a groin injury.
Philippe Coutinho is expected to return for Liverpool after missing three games with a hamstring injury, while Daniel Sturridge is in contention to make his first Premier League start for two months after scoring two goals on his return in the midweek Capital One Cup win over Southampton.
Jordan Henderson could also return after recovering from a foot injury, with Emre Can suspended.
Kick-off at St James’ Park on Sunday is at 4pm.
- Of games to have been played at least 34 times in Premier League history, this fixture has the highest goals per game average (3.14 – 132 goals in 42 games).
- No side have scored more Premier League goals against Newcastle United than Liverpool (86).
- There have been a total of seven red cards shown in the last seven top-flight meetings between these two sides (the last six all for the Magpies with the one before that for the Reds).
- Indeed, only Liverpool v Everton (20) and Liverpool v Manchester United (16) have produced more Premier League red cards than the clashes between Liverpool and Newcastle (14).
- Daniel Sturridge has bagged six goals against Newcastle in the Premier League (including four in his last three), more than against any other side.
- Newcastle have registered just one victory in their last seven Premier League games at St James’ Park (D3 L3).
- Newcastle are one of three sides yet to benefit from a goal scored by an English player this season (along with Southampton and Stoke City).
- Steve McClaren met Jurgen Klopp twice in the 2010-11 Bundesliga season, with Klopp’s Dortmund winning both games against Wolfsburg, 2-0 at home and 3-0 away.
- Liverpool have averaged 6.9km more and 84 sprints more per game under Jurgen Klopp than Brendan Rodgers in the top flight this season.
- Liverpool have both taken (135) and scored (103) more penalties than any other side in Premier League history.