Liverpool vs Newcastle United, Premier League: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
Liverpool – one of the shamed English rebel clubs who agreed to join the now-defunct European Super League – welcome Newcastle United to Anfield in the Premier League.
Having been a major player in the doomed plan to wreck the Champions League this week, alongside Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter, Liverpool face a crucial weekend trying to ensure they now qualify for next season’s edition via a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Chelsea edged back into the top four with a draw against Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday, but only by virtue of goal difference over West Ham United who they also face on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s men, meanwhile, are seventh!
When is it?
Liverpool play Newcastle on Saturday, April 24.
What time is kick-off?
What TV channel is it on?
BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate from 11.30am.
What is the team news?
Curtis Jones could be back in contention for Liverpool after a three-match absence due to a muscle injury, but Nat Phillips (hamstring) is expected to be out again.
Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin has recovered from a swollen ankle. Ryan Fraser and Karl Darlow have had respective groin and knee operations and face a few weeks on the sidelines. Fabian Schar (ruptured knee ligaments) is close to a comeback but Saturday’s game may come too soon.
Meanwhile, Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce has praised football fans for the role they played in derailing plans for the European Super League.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday morning ahead of their trip to Liverpool, the former Manchester United defender said: “I was like everybody else, and thankfully the ‘big six’ have taken a slapping, haven’t they?
“It’s been quite remarkable. I’ve never seen it so quick, the outcry over it and it was pretty obvious to everybody concerned that we ain’t going to accept it, which is terrific.
“I’m a little bit biased because I played in the lower divisions for years before I got my break and if it wasn’t for those lower divisions, I might not have got a break, so I’m all for the pyramid in this country, I’m all for the way it works.
“Even in this system, do we spread enough throughout the smaller clubs? I’m not sure we do. But I’m all for the reaction of the supporters.
“The supporters have been heard and rightly so, and to bring it down and bring it down so quickly, fair play to all the supporters who rallied behind it.”
What are the latest standings?
What are Telegraph writers saying?
What are the best odds?
Liverpool to win 27/100
Newcastle to win 14/1
What is our prediction?
Liverpool (7th) against Newcastle (15th) should really be a forgone conclusion, especially at Anfield, but Bruce’s men have hit a purple patch, winning their last two league games, and the big question is: how much will the Liverpool players have been affected by their club’s role in, and subsequent vilification for, the Super League fiasco?