Newcastle v Liverpool : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Published On: July 25, 2020, 10:37 pm
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Olusanya Akinrinola
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Date :Sunday 26th July,2020
Time: 4:00pm
Stadium St James' Park
Referee Anthony Taylor (England)
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Liverpool bring an historic and seminal campaign to a close on Sunday when they face Newcastle United at St James' Park on the final day of the 2019-20 Premier League season.

Newcastle
Newcastle's lack of goals have also not hindered them too much as far as the table is concerned, with Steve Bruce having steered his side well clear of danger with plenty of time to spare.
The manager has certainly responded to his critics with his side's performances on the pitch, but he has also stressed that a club like Newcastle should be looking to do more than simply steer clear of relegation and so signs of improvement will also be important to him.

A four-game winless streak heading into this match has harmed their chances of achieving that, though, leaving them still one point adrift of last season's tally under Rafael Benitez.

The Magpies can finish no higher than 13th either - the same position as last season - although should they pull off a surprise win against the champions then they would record their highest Premier League points tally since 2013-14.

Newcastle do boast a formidable record on the final day of the season, winning each of their last five such matches by an aggregate score of 17-1, although Liverpool were the last team to inflict a season-ending defeat on them.

Indeed, the Reds have inflicted 76 top-flight defeats on Newcastle down the years, which is four more than the Magpies have suffered against any other opponent.
Newcastle are facing something of an injury crisis at the back, with Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune all ruled out of this match.

Emil Krafth is also a major doubt with an ankle problem to further limit Bruce's options, while midfielders Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden will undergo late fitness tests.

Joelinton will be pushing for a start, although even if he comes off the bench he will become only the third outfield player to have featured in every game of a Premier League campaign for Newcastle.

Despite that, the club-record signing has scored only two Premier League goals this term - four behind Newcastle's top-scorer and former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, whose tally of six is equal the fewest any Magpies top-scorer has managed in a Premier League season.

Newcastle possible starting lineup:
Dubravka; Manquillo, Fernandez, Hayden, Rose, Ritchie; Shelvey, Bentaleb, Almiron; Saint-Maximin, Joelinton
Newcastle Premier League form: WDLLLD

Liverpool
The champions finally got their hands on the trophy after beating Chelsea last time out, and they travel to a Newcastle side without a win in their last five outings.
There has been plenty of time for Liverpool to look back on their 2019-20 campaign over the course of the month since they wrapped up the title, and Sunday's match is another of those as they bring an unforgettable season to a close.

A spectacular trophy-lifting ceremony in The Kop followed Wednesday night's thrilling 5-3 triumph over Chelsea, and just as they marked that occasion with a win they will no doubt be keen to end the season in style too.

With the trophy long since secured and the all-time points record now out of reach there is not a great deal aside from pride left for Liverpool to fight for on the face of it, but some notable achievements are still up for grabs.

Victory would see them surpass last season's points tally of 97 and would set a new club record for a single campaign, beating the 98 they earned in 1978-79 when adjusted to three points for a win.

The record title-winning margin is also still possible, although for that to happen Jurgen Klopp's side would also need an unlikely favour from relegated Norwich City away to Manchester City.
The Merseysiders could also still equal the record for most wins in a season by chalking up number 32 of the campaign - an achievement Man City have managed in each of the last two terms.

However, for all of Liverpool's dominance throughout the season, their away record of late has been suspect to say the least - five defeats and only one win in their last seven outings on the road across all competitions.

Liverpool have shipped 10 goals in their five away league games in that run, which is as many as they had in their previous 19 on the road, so they will be relieved to face a Newcastle side that has struggled for goals all season.

Only Crystal Palace, Watford and Norwich have scored fewer than the Magpies in 2019-20, although they have certainly improved in that respect since lockdown with 12 goals in eight games - as many as they had managed in their previous 15.
Liverpool will once again be without newly-crowned FWA Footballer of the Year Jordan Henderson as well as Joel Matip, but Klopp has no new injury concerns heading into this match.

Dejan Lovren, who is closing in on an £11m move to Zenit St Petersburg, and Adam Lallana could both be set for farewell appearances, although those will likely only be from the bench in order to avoid injuries.

Whether Klopp opts to shuffle his pack elsewhere remains to be seen, but one player almost certain to start is Virgil van Dijk, who is on the verge of becoming only the fifth outfield player to play every single minute of a Premier League title-winning campaign.

Goal-hungry Mohamed Salah will no doubt be desperate for a final chance to add to his tally for the season, while Klopp also has a decision to make in midfield with Naby Keita, Georginio Wijnaldum and sub Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all scoring last time out.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Liverpool Premier League form: LWWDLW



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