Newcastle v Liverpool: Two Changes
Written by Newcastle Utd
Newcastle United FC
Hatem Ben Arfa and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are handed starting spots for Newcastle against Liverpool
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Alan Pardew has made two changes to his Newcastle United starting line-up for Saturday's Barclays Premier League home fixture against Liverpool at St. James' Park.
French international duo Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Hatem Ben Arfa return from the start as the Reds come to Tyneside, replacing captain Fabricio Coloccini, who has a groin injury, and Senegalese forward Papiss Cisse, who is among the substitutes.
Yanga-Mbiwa will partner Mike Williamson in the heart of United's defence, while Ben Arfa will play as a central striker in a three-man front line.
On the substitutes' bench, alongside Cisse, there are places for goalkeeper Rob Elliot, defender Paul Dummett, midfielder Vurnon Anita, wingers Gabriel Obertan and Sammy Ameobi, and striker Shola Ameobi.
Liverpool (3-4-1-2): Simon Mignolet; Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho; Glen Johnson, Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard (c), Aly Cissokho; Victor Moses; Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge
Substitutes: Brad Jones, Jon Flanagan, Martin Kelly, Daniel Agger, Joe Allen, Raheem Sterling, Luis Alberto
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)