Prediction: Newcastle United vs Liverpool


"I haven't had too many chances to go back".

Nostalgia aside, Benitez said he is focused on ensuring his team get all three points against Liverpool.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is yet to register a win against the Magpies. Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain out injured, while Florian Lejeune also is doubtful and might not be risked. Still my family lives in Liverpool, so it's my home. Despite the loss at Brighton, Newcastle apparently improved lately, and they will certainly have a couple of goal-scoring opportunities against the unconvincing Liverpool defense.

Liverpool have had a shaky start to the season, failing to win either of their Champions League games so far and being knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Leicester.

The current Magpies boss says he could never completely rule out a return to Liverpool, insisting he still has plenty of years left in him.

Jurgen Klopp's side will return to Premier League action on Sunday - and new Betfair customers can get 25/1 enhanced odds (max bet £1) on Liverpool to beat Newcastle United. It was an even game for most parts of the afternoon although following Tomer Hemed's 51st minute goal, Newcastle grew more into the game as they searched for an equaliser.

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Liverpool have netted 12 goals in six games this season. The Serbian forward scored a goal in a 3-0 victory over West Ham United, and with the last year's leading scorer Dwight Gayle out of form, the former Anderlecht player could start this clash.

"They did not create much against the Seagulls, let alone show that they have got anything to trouble the big teams".

Despite the wealth of attacking options that give Klopp chance to play an awesome foursome in Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, Liverpool's imbalance between that unit and a malfunctioning back six offers avenues for Benitez to exploit.

Philippe Coutinho continues to look the most unsafe player on the pitch for Liverpool since his recent return to the side and he linked up well with Sadio Mané to score in the 31st minute.

Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns, although the long-term injuries to Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Bogdan see the trio miss out on yet another game. "We'll see what we do with them", he said.