BT Sport’s live and exclusive coverage of the 2019/20 Premier League season continues with another unmissable clash as high-flying Liverpool welcome Newcastle United to Anfield seeking to extend their perfect winning start to the campaign.
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Liverpool v Newcastle: Match preview
A resounding 3-0 victory away to Burnley last time out ensured Liverpool set a new club record for consecutive wins, 13, as they moved two points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
Burnley were once the type of team able to frustrate and contain Jurgen Klopp’s free-running Reds – as a miserable 2-0 defeat to the Clarets in August 2016 typified.
Liverpool controlled 81% of possession on that day but failed to find the back of the net despite 26 shots on goal. Three years later, this current iteration of the Liverpool side have become almost impossible to stop, disposing teams of Burnley’s calibre at a relative canter.
If not for an historically special Manchester City side, Klopp and et al would have cruised to the title on 97 points last season, a figure that set a record for the most points without winning the Premier League.
Having come so close only to be denied by their rivals down the M62, Liverpool could be forgiven for carrying a hangover into the current campaign but the reverse appears to be true; not even a serious injury to number one stopper Alisson on the opening day has managed to curtail their progress.
A ferocious front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah has continued to torment defences and, despite Mane and Salah’s well-publicised bust-up during the Burnley victory, looks arguably the most devastating forward line in the league.
Victory in the early kick-off on Saturday would make it five wins from five, temporarily moving Liverpool five points clear of Man City ahead of their showdown against Norwich that same evening.
But the weekend’s visitors have already taken one significant scalp this season, outhustling an uninspired Tottenham to take a shock 1-0 victory away from home three weeks ago.
A satisfactory home point against Watford before the international break means Steve Bruce’s Newcastle sit 14th in the table, a modest but decent start to the campaign given the turmoil of another unsettling summer behind the scenes.
After years spent pining for investment in the transfer market – and after beloved manager Rafa Benitez wearily walked away from the club - chairman Mike Ashley finally relented to fans’ demands and gave the green light to no fewer than five summer signings.
Almost half of the club’s reported £61m outlay was covered by two-time top scorer Ayoze Perez’s £30m exit but given Ashley’s history, it proved to be as good a transfer window as Newcastle could have reasonably hoped.
Defence has been Newcastle’s strongest suit in recent seasons and the performances of Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar and Paul Dummett in the opening weeks show they remain capable of keeping clean sheets.
But goals will always be the concern for this team: £40m summer signing Joelinton found the net just eight times for Hoffenheim last year while Miguel Almiron remains goalless since his big-money move from the MLS in January.
The sight of Virgil van Dijk will be one that gives Toon fans little cause for optimism but after a well-timed international break, there may be no better time for a rejuvenated Newcastle to face the Premier League leaders.
Liverpool v Newcastle: The managers
Liverpool boss Klopp: To follow.
Newcastle boss Bruce: To follow.
Liverpool v Newcastle: Key stats
• Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 23 Premier League home games against Newcastle (W19 D4), scoring in every single one of those matches (58 goals), while keeping 12 clean sheets.
• Newcastle were the second side to defeat Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Premier League in December 2015. Since then they’ve drawn two and lost three of their top-flight meetings with the Reds.
• Liverpool have scored 98 Premier League goals against Newcastle – they could become the third team to score 100+ against a single opponent in the competition, and first to do so against a side who hasn’t been ever-present (Arsenal 107 v Everton, Manchester United 100 v Everton).
• Only against Manchester United between 1973 and 2012 (29 games) have Newcastle had a longer winless run away from home in the top-flight than their current run of 23 games without a win against Liverpool.
• Liverpool are looking to become the fourth team to win 14 consecutive English top-flight matches, after Arsenal (14, August 2002), Man City (15, August 2019) and Man City again (18, December 2017). The Reds could become the first team to win 14 in a row while scoring more than one goal each time.
• Newcastle have won three of their last five Premier League away games (D1 L1), as many as they had in their previous 24 on the road (W3 D9 L12). They last won consecutive games away from home in January 2018.
• Liverpool are looking to win their opening five Premier League matches of a season for the second time in as many seasons, having done so in 2018-19 – the only two teams to do so previously in back-to-back seasons are Chelsea (2009-10/2010-11) and Man City (2015-16/2016-17).
• Newcastle United have won none of their last 27 away top-flight games against teams starting the day top of the table (W0 D5 L22) since a 1-0 win at Brian Clough’s Derby County in April 1972.
• Sadio Mané has played 50 Premier League matches at Anfield without losing – 49 with Liverpool, one with Southampton (W40 D10 L0) - more than any other player has played on a ground without ending on the losing side in Premier League history.
• Steve Bruce has lost just four of his last 17 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (W5 D8 L4), winning his most recent game against the Reds in April 2015 with Hull City.
Liverpool v Newcastle: Head-to-head
Liverpool are unbeaten against the visitors in the last five meetings - and worryingly for Toon fans, Klopp's men have had no trouble finding the back of the net in recent times.
Previous five meetings:
|04/05/19||Premier League||Newcastle 2-3 Liverpool||Rondon, Atsu; Van Dijk, Salah, Origi|
|26/12/18||Premier League||Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle||Fabinho, Shaqiri, Salah, Lovren|
|03/03/18||Premier League||Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle||Mane, Salah|
|01/10/17||Premier League||Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool||Joselu, Coutinho|
|23/04/16||Premier League||Liverpool 2-2 Newcastle||Lallana, Sturridge; Colback, Cisse|