By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United entertain Liverpool at St. James' Park in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday (12.45pm kick-off).
The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of an impressive 2-1 away win at Cardiff a fortnight ago, while Liverpool's last fixture saw them run out 3-1 winners over Crystal Palace.
When the sides met last season, eye-catching goals from Yohan Cabaye and Luis Suarez cancelled each other out in a draw at Anfield, before the Reds ran out convincing 6-0 winners on Tyneside.
Saturday sees the 166th match between the two clubs, and the 155th in the league. Alan Pardew is one win short of bringing up a half-century of victories as United manager.
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April 27th, 2013 - Newcastle 0 Liverpool 6 (Agger 3, Henderson 17,76, Sturridge 54,60, Borini 74)
Newcastle (4-3-3): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; James Perch (Hatem Ben Arfa 46), Cheick Tiote, (Vurnon Anita 65), Yohan Cabaye; Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Jonas Gutierrez (Yoan Gouffran 46)
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Pepe Reina; Glen Johnson, Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique; Lucas, Steven Gerrard (Fabio Borini 72); Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho (Suso 84); Daniel Sturridge (Jonjo Shelvey 84)
FULL RECORD v LIVERPOOL
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(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - WLWLWW
Liverpool - WWLLDW
Newcastle (v Cardiff, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye (Hatem Ben Arfa 86), Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko; Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse, Loic Remy (Jonas Gutierrez 71)
Not used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi
Liverpool (v Crystal Palace, Premier League): Simon Mignolet; Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho (Daniel Agger 67); Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Jose Enrique; Victor Moses (Luis Alberto 66); Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge (Iago Aspas 88)
Not used: Brad Jones, Andre Wisdom, Tiago Ilor, Jordon Ibe
Newcastle - Loic Remy (5)
Liverpool - Daniel Sturridge (6)
Newcastle - Captain Fabricio Coloccini is ruled out through a groin injury sustained on international duty, while fellow Argentine Jonas Gutierrez has returned home due to personal issues, so misses the match. Centre-back Steven Taylor is not expected to be fit enough as he continues to recover from a hamstring complaint, while long-term knee injury victim Ryan Taylor is sidelined.
Liverpool - Glen Johnson (ankle), Joe Alen (hamstring) and Aly Cissokho (ankle) return to the Reds' squad following lengthy lay-offs, while midfielder Lucas Leiva is back in contention having served a one-game ban. However, playmaker Philippe Coutinho is still sidelined following shoulder surgery last month and cente-back Sebastian Coates is ruled out for the season with a knee injury.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "(Losing 6-0 against Liverpool) was one of my worst days as Newcastle boss, for sure. If there isn't an extra bit of fire in the bellies of some of our players this weekend, then there'll be something wrong. There'll be quite a few players playing who played on that day, and I'd be disappointed if they don't respond. That's what you like to see. I certainly want to get a result more than in most games that we play."
Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool manager: "We'll get better as we grow together more. I go on about performance because I don't just like to get three points; I worry about playing well and playing in a certain way. That's always how I've been. But I can't take anything away from how we've been so far. In terms of results, we've been absolutely brilliant. This is the most competitive league in the world."
Andre Marriner (West Midlands): 2013/14 record - 9 games, 31 yellow cards, 2 red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Craig Bellamy, Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique, Howard Gayle, Danny Guthrie, Didi Hamann, Mike Hooper, Kevin Keegan, Alan Kennedy, Terry McDermott, Michael Owen, Ian Rush, Barry Venison
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DID YOU KNOW?
Liverpool have only scored once in the second half of games this season, with their other ten coming in the opening 45 minutes of matches.