The Premier League action returns this weekend following the international break and Liverpool vs Newcastle gets the action underway at 12.30pm on Saturday lunchtime.
The Reds are top of the table with a 100% record in the league so far, but they have only kept one clean sheet so far, coming last time out against Burnley.
Goalkeeper Alisson was injured in the first game of the campaign but will be be fit for a return against Newcastle this weekend?
The Liverpool Echo are reporting that the Brazilian is back into a training regime but he will not be back in time to face Newcastle this weekend, meaning Adrian will continue in goal at Anfield this weekend.
“Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has continued to work on his fitness during the international break.
Alisson has been placed on a bespoke training schedule during the international break.
Expected return: September/October 2019.”
Steve Bruce’s side picked up a win against Tottenham and draw with Watford before the international break and there is an update on some of the Newcastle injuries ahead of this weekend.
Matt Ritchie (ankle), Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh), DeAndre Yedlin (groin), Dwight Gayle (calf), Florian Lejeune (knee) and Jack Colback (groin) will all miss the trip to Anfield. With Matt Richie being confirmed out for around two months following an injury suffered against Leicester in the Carabao Cup.
New signing Andy Carroll is still not expected to start the match but he could be set for a place on the bench against his former club.
After Mo Salah shot instead of squared the ball to Mane against Burnley, the Senegalese player was rightly furious with his striker partner, but former Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler has played down the incident.
‘I’ve honestly never heard such nonsense as the stuff that has surrounded this so-called spat between Sadio Mane and Mo Salah,’
‘Everyone commenting and talking nonsense about being greedy or destroying team spirit, have they never watched football before? Because you can’t be a top-class goalscorer without total belief you will score. ‘I look at Salah’s record and it tells me he’s going to keep doing it. You don’t score that many goals without being what people say is selfish. But what the hell do people want?
‘Do they want him to be a goalscorer or do they want him to be someone who’s always looking to pass? You can’t really have both.
‘And the other nonsense I’ve heard is people saying he’s not passing because he’s jealous, he doesn’t want Mane to score.
‘If anyone can slow down the game so much they have time to think, “Oh, I’m not passing to him because he’s scored more than me”, well they’re the best who’s ever played. Yes, Salah can be selfish when he sees the goal, but, to me, that makes him a great goalscorer.
‘And it’s not as if he doesn’t create chances for others. Mane knows that, and what he did was just frustration at being taken off.’
It is hard to see anything but a Liverpool victory in this match despite Newcastle’s shock win against Tottenham in their last away match. Jurgen Klopp’s side have started the season in magnificent form and looking at the predicted starting line-ups of the two teams, they are miles apart on paper. The predicted result here is a 3-0 Liverpool victory, with Mo Salah and Saido Mane both getting on the scoresheet.
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