Newcastle have lost five of their last six Premier League games…
The Reds must turn their attentions back to the Premier League and their pursuit of a Champions League place on Monday, as we entertain Newcastle United at Anfield.
With our game against the Magpies being the last of the weekend, we could be as much as ten points adrift of fourth place by the time kick-off comes around, while wins for Tottenham and Southampton could see them overtake us in fifth.
While the majority of our squad will be focused on proving their form ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa, it’s vitally important that we don’t let other matters distract us from priority number one – ending our run of poor league results.
Here are five key battles that will decide the game…
5) Daniel Sturridge vs Tim Krul
Newcastle United have conceded a lot of goals this season, 49 of them to be specific, with Queens Park Rangers (58) the only team to have let in more in the Premier League. Nonetheless, they kept a clean sheet against us in our last meeting and will be determined to make things difficult. Sturridge has only scored four times since his return from injury and will be desperate to add to that tally here, up against a quality Dutch international keeper.