Newcastle United’s season continues to amble towards a finish tonight, when beleaguered boss John Carver takes his charges to Anfield to take on Liverpool.

With Newcastle second-bottom of the Premier League form table thanks suffering four straight defeats, it’s no surprise that the mood on Tyneside is far from optimistic.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have stuttered in their quest for the top four in recent weeks though, losing to both Arsenal and Manchester United just as they looked to be hitting top form.

A hammering at the Emirates still carried more pride than Newcastle’s last result though, which was made even worse when Sunderland were comfortably hammered by Crystal Palace on their own patch.

Daryl Janmaat was reported to be struggling with a calf injury ahead of the latest derby day debacle but came through unscathed and should be able to continue alongside Mike Williamson at Anfield.

Fabricio Coloccini serves the final game of his three-game suspension but Papiss Cisse still has three more to go after the trip to Merseyside.

Rolando Aarons is still injured and not expected to travel with the squad, while Siem de Jong will also miss out again despite returning to training earlier this week. Cheick Tiote is out for the season, along with Steven Taylor.

Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett are still both out, meaning Jonas Gutierrez or Jack Colback will play at left-back.

Liverpool will be without captain Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel, who were both given suspensions after the Man United game; Gerrard’s for stamping on Ander Herrera, while Skrtel was retrospectively banned for a similar clash with David De Gea.

Emre Can has completed his ban though and should come straight back into the back three, as Mamadou Sakho is injured.

Adam Lallana will miss out with a groin problem and news is awaited on Mario Balotelli, who missed Liverpool’s defeat at Arsenal through illness.

A win for Newcastle would not move them any further up the Premier League table thanks to a woeful goal difference but would give them a five point cushion over West Brom and the chasing relegation fighters. Liverpool need the points to overtake Southampton and get back into fifth.