Liverpool vs Newcastle United: Premier League match preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more

Liverpool could go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with a Boxing Day win over Newcastle at Anfield.

However, a seven-point margin seems unlikely as Manchester City would have to lose their game at Leicester while Tottenham would also have to lose or draw at home to Bournemouth to make that happen.

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Liverpool’s went four points clear at the top after beating Wolves and Crystal Palace’s surprise win over Manchester City

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has preached that his players are better off just concentrating on themselves and they could be in for a stern test against a Newcastle side managed by former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez as the Magpies look to pull away from the Premier League’s relegation zone.

But Liverpool, who are unbeaten in the league so far this season, should feel confident about getting the win as they boast an impressive Boxing Day record at Anfield having not lost at home on that day since the 1986/87 season.

What the managers are saying

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool): “We need to stay angry, stay greedy, and that’s what we need to do against Newcastle.

“It’ll be the third time we’ll be up against a back five. Rafa can organise a defence really well – not so cool, but good for him – but we will try.”

Rafael Benitez (Newcastle): “We have to be realistic and understand that we will be in the bottom half during the whole season.

“For me, it is almost clear and if we can be better than three teams, it will be another miracle.”

Team News

Klopp is hoping Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita will be available for the match.

Alexander-Arnold is back in full training after missing their last two matches due to a foot issue, while Keita was forced off the field during Friday’s 2-0 win at Wolves, but the rib and foot injuries he picked up are not serious.

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Alexander-Arnold could return to the starting XI after sustaining a foot injury against Napoli earlier this month

Joe Gomez (fractured leg) and Joel Matip (fractured collarbone) remain sidelined, however.

The visitors are without Ki Sung-yueng after he headed off to the Asian Cup with South Korea and with Jonjo Shelvey struggling to shake off a thigh injury, Isaac Hayden could come into contention.

Defender Ciaran Clark missed Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Fulham because of an ankle problem, although Federico Fernandez was included among the substitutes after recovering from a calf injury, but keeper Karl Darlow (elbow) is still out.

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Benitez will be looking to put a dent in his former club’s title bid

Predicted line-ups

Liverpool: Alisson, Clyne, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum; Shaqiri, Mane, Firmino; Salah

Newcastle: Dubravka, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez; Manquillo, Dummett, Hayden, Diame, Ritchie, Atsu; Rondon

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