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Liverpool v Newcastle United

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23 Dec 2018
Match preview: Liverpool v Newcastle

Unbeaten Liverpool have won their last seven Premier League matches while Newcastle have suffered only two defeats in their last nine matches.

Team News

For Liverpool Trent Alexander-Arnold (foot) and Naby Keita (foot and rib) are expected to be available.

Joe Gomez (ankle) and Joel Matip (collar bone) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) remain sidelined.

Ciaran Clark (ankle) is a major doubt for Newcastle, while Florian Lejeune, Karl Darlow and Jonjo Shelvey are facing late fitness tests.

Did you know?

Newcastle have won only two of their last 10 Premier League matches against Liverpool, drawing four and losing four. Both victories were at St James' Park.

Liverpool haven't lost a home league match on Boxing Day since 1986/87, winning eight and drawing three since.

Daniel Sturridge has been directly involved in eight goals in his last nine PL matches against Newcastle, with seven goals and one assist.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is winless in his three away matches at Anfield against his former club.

Match officials

Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: 
Eddie Smart, Marc Perry
Fourth official:
 Lee Mason

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