Can Mitrovic inspire his side to a vital win?

Can Mitrovic inspire his side to a vital win?

Newcastle United go in search of an unlikely double on Saturday afternoon, as they attempt to overcome Liverpool for the second time this season.

The first encounter, back in December, ended 2-0 to Newcastle, with a late Gini Wijnaldum strike adding to Martin Skrtel’s first-half own goal.

Since then though, Liverpool have slowly improved under the stewardship of Jurgen Klopp, whose influence has the Reds eyeing a top six finish.

Newcastle have improved of late though, and Rafa Benitez has as much chance as anyone of knowing how to unlock a Liverpool side he spent six years at.

TEAM NEWS

Newcastle have no fresh injury worries, meaning Benitez is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that drew with Manchester City.

That means a place on the bench for former Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey, while Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba will play in defence, as Fabricio Coloccini remains injured.

Daryl Janmaat was hoping to return but looks too far away, so Vurnon Anita will continue at right-back.

Benitez’s only real decisions come in attacking areas, with Aleksandar Mitrovic pushing to replace Papiss Cisse up front, and Gini Wijnaldum hoping to replace Ayoze Perez.

Liverpool are without Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Kolo Toure, Danny Ings and in-form striker Divock Origi. Daniel Sturridge is expected to lead the line up front, with former Newcastle man James Milner in midfield.

FACTS

Newcastle will equal a record tenth successive away loss if they lose at Anfield.

The Geordies haven’t won away at Liverpool in the league for over 22 years.

James Milner has more assists this calendar year than anyone in the league.