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Premier League 2020-21 Preview: Liverpool vs Newcastle United

Following their 1-1 draw with the hosts Leeds United in the Premier League, Liverpool Fc are scheduled to play against the visitors Newcastle United Fc in the Premier League.

Date: 24 April 2021 (Saturday) ; Time: 12:30 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, England.

By benching Mohamed Salah for the Premier League away encounter with Leeds United, Jürgen Klopp may consider to bring back the Egyptian to the starting line-up for the upcoming Premier League home encounter with Newcastle United Fc (The Magpies).

Other Players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keïta, Rhys Williams, Neco Williams and so on might also come into contention.

In terms of the recent head-to-head clashes between the two sides; the Magpies are yet to beat the Reds since December 2015, when the hosts Magpies beat the Reds 2-0.

Yet such records would count for nothing as evidenced during the Season and the last time when the two sides met; the Reds were unable to beat the hosts Magpies after being held to a 0-0 draw.

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: Prior to the Leeds United away game; Nathaniel Phillips was absent from the squad due to a minor hamstring issue. The Englishman’s fitness will be assessed over the coming days.

As a precaution, Youngster Curtis Jones has been out of action prior to the Aston Villa Fc home encounter due to an unspecified muscle issue. The youngster however is expected to return back in action.

Also, Divock Origi has been out of action as a result of an unspecified muscle injury prior to the Wolverhampton Wanderers Fc away fixture.

Young Goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher has been ruled out for an indeterminate period due to an unspecified injury that seems to be a stomach muscle tear.

Captain Jordan Henderson has been sidelined possibly for the rest of the campaign after undergoing a successful corrective surgery on the adductor injury sustained during the Everton Fc home clash.

Joël Matip will be out for the remainder of the campaign as the Cameroonian International sustained ankle ligament damage during the Tottenham Hotspur Fc away Match.

After undergoing successful surgeries on their injured knees, Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk are currently working on regaining full fitness.

No timescale has been set on the return of the Matip, Gomez and Van Dijk as they are unlikely to play this campaign.

 

Verdict: The Reds will breathe a huge sigh of relief after Chelsea Fc (The Blues) were held to a 0-0 by the visitors Brighton and Hove Albion earlier this week.

The Blues are now just 2 points ahead of the Reds in the fourth spot of the Premier League Table and the Blues also have better Goals Difference than the Reds.

Comparing the remaining fixtures of the Blues and the Reds, the Blues has much more difficult fixtures to navigate than the Reds.

Furthermore; the Blues also has Champions League 2020-21 Semi-finals as well as FA Cup 2020-21 Finals to contend with.

Yet, nothing can be taken for granted as the Reds had either struggled or lost to the opponents in fixtures which Reds were considered favourites to win!

On the bright side of things, the Reds were among the other Premier League Clubs to rightly discontinue their involvement in proposed plans to form a European Super League (as Founding Members).

By taking the responsibility for the grave error shown by Fenway Sports Group (FSG) to be part of such an Illegitimate League, John W. Henry (The Reds Principal Owner) himself later offered an grovelling apology to the Reds Fans and everyone connected with the Club (especially to Klopp) for the unwanted negative publicity brought to the Club.

Common Sense prevailed! This in itself is a massive win for the game; despite the grave error of judgement shown by FSG to be part of such an Illegitimate League that benefits only the Owners!

Regardless of whoever owns the Club, the Fans will always win in the end as they are the Heart and Soul of the Club.

“Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.” – Bill Shankly (The Former Legendary Reds Manager)

 

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