Newcastle United vs Liverpool preview: Magpies and Reds face off on final day
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Fabian Schar of Newcastle United tries to tackle Mohamed Salah of Liverpool in the lead up to his goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on September 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Chesterton/Offside/Getty Images)

A match between Newcastle and Liverpool is always a fruitful prospect, with goals aplenty and a crowd that are always 'up for it'. 

However, tomorrow's clash at St James' Park is set to have the feeling of a glorified pre-season friendly - as neither side has anything to play for and of course, no supporters are permitted to enter the stadium.

Newcastle come into this fixture fresh off the back of a goalless draw against Brighton, which could have been prescribed as a sleep remedy it was that boring.

Magpies boss Steve Bruce will be happy to see the season coming to a conclusion, as his team are plagued with injury and are seemingly stumbling over the line, rather than sprinting.

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Liverpool arrive in the North East with Premier League medals around their necks and potential sore heads after they were officially given the title on Wednesday night.

Before their league coronation, the Reds defeated Chelsea 5-3 in a thrilling encounter.

Jürgen Klopp will hope that his side did not celebrate too much and are ready to finish the season off on a high with three points against Newcastle.

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  • Form

Newcastle have not won in their last five matches and regardless of this final game being a one of little importance - they will be desperate to end the season in a positive manner.

The Magpies, since the restart, have had impressive victories over Bournemouth and Sheffield United - but have had disappointing losses to the hands of Manchester City and Watford.

Steve Bruce's men sit 13th in the table, and it is unlikely that they will move from that position.

In stark contrast to their opponents, Liverpool are unbeaten in their last five games - winning four and drawing just one against Burnley.

Jürgen Klopp's side have continued their scintillating form since the restart which has found them at the summit of the Premier League for the whole season.

Liverpool have nothing to play for, but it would be silly to believe they are not going to arrive on Tyneside looking for one last Premier League victory. 

  • Previous meeting

In the reverse fixture at Anfield in September, Liverpool ran away 3-1 winners against Newcastle.

The Magpies surprisingly took lead after just seven minutes, as loanee Jetro Willems fired an audacious strike which flew into the top corner.

However, Liverpool were in front heading into half time as Sadio Mané scored a quick brace.  

Just 18 minutes from the final whistle, Mo Salah made sure of all three points for Jürgen Klopp's men when he netted to make it 3-1.

  • Team news - Newcastle United

Steve Bruce remains without the majority of his, with Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Florian Lejeune, Ciaran Clark all ruled out for Sunday.

To add to the injury list in the defensive department, full-back Emil Krafth is a doubt for this clash after picking up an ankle injury during the week.

Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff, are set to return to the Newcastle side for Sunday after fully recovering from their thigh injuries.

  • Team news - Liverpool

Former Sunderland man and club captain Jordan Henderson will miss out on the trip to Tyneside with a knee injury.

Joel Matip is also ruled out for Sunday with an ankle injury.

  • Key players

Allan Saint-Maximin will have to put on one of the best performances of his career if Newcastle wish to be successful against their table-topping counterparts.

The Frenchman has only scored three goals and assisted four this season, but his contribution towards Steve Bruce's side is monumental - and the statistics are not a representation of one of the brightest talents in the Premier League.

Saint-Maximin is likely to play on either the left or right-wing, but it is no doubt that Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson will want to avoid the task of marking him.

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The key man for Liverpool on Sunday afternoon will be none other than Senegalese star man, Sadio Mané.

Mané has had one of his best seasons in a Liverpool shirt, scoring 17 goals and assisting a further seven.

It will be up to former Liverpool player, Javier Manquillo to stop Mané in his tracks - but that is a tall order for anyone.

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  • Predicted line-ups

Newcastle United: Dubravka; Manquillo, Krafth, Fernandez, Rose; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie, Almiron, Saint-Maximin; Gayle. (4-2-3-1)

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Mane, Firmino. (4-3-3)

  • Where to watch the game

BT Sport 2 (UK) - 16:00 BST - 26/07/20