Liverpool bid to maintain their perfect start to the Premier League season when Newcastle United visit Anfield on Saturday.
The Reds are the only Premier League team this season to hold a 100 per cent record, which has put them two points clear of second-place Manchester City, and they will be feeling confident of extending that winning run to five matches.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their past 23 home league games against the Magpies and have scored in each of those contests, while the European champions haven’t lost in their last 42 league matches at Anfield.
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Jurgen Klopp’s men could equal the club’s Premier League record of 10 consecutive home victories this weekend, while they are vying to become only the fourth English team to win 14 consecutive top-flight matches.
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker and midfielder Naby Keita remain unavailable for the hosts although the manager is confident the latter will return to training next week following hip and groin issues.
Egypt international Mohamad Salah, who was voted Liverpool’s player of the month for August, has scored in each of his last three league appearances against Newcastle and is expected to start alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
The Reds, who have scored 98 goals in this fixture against Newcastle, have netted 12 times from their opening four games this term and will be looking to add to that tally on home soil.
Newcastle head to Merseyside in decent form, having taken four points from their last two games to sit 14th in the standings, but they haven’t claimed the spoils at Anfield since April 1994 – a 2-0 win in which Rob Lee and Andy Cole scored.
The Magpies have won three of their past five away league games, as many as in their previous 24 attempts, while they have scored in six of their last seven matches on the road.
Steve Bruce is trying his best to get the fans onside although the former Sheffield Wednesday boss has a terrible record at Anfield, having won only one of his 12 league fixtures as a manager at the stadium.
Newcastle will be without midfielder Sean Longstaff after he rolled his ankle in training and he adds to the already long list of absentees that includes Andy Carroll, Allan Saint-Maximin, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle.
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