Newcastle are set to take on one of the Premier League’s deadliest strike partnerships this weekend and they’re going to have to do it without their best defender and captain.

Yes that’s right, Fabricio Coloccini has returned from international duty with an injured groin, just in time for the visit of the modern day ‘SAS’ – Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are flying high in the Premier League at the moment. They currently occupy second place and find themselves level with league leaders Arsenal after picking up five wins in seven games so far this season. They’ll be looking for their third successive win this weekend.

Liverpool will be hoping for a repeat of last season’s performance at St James’ Park where they thrashed Alan Pardew’s men 6-0.

Sturridge was on the score-sheet twice that day and the striker has impressed for both club and country this season. He’ll be returning to the Liverpool squad full of confidence after helping England qualify for next year’s World Cup in Brazil. Sturridge is currently the league’s top scorer with six goals and he also notched for England against Montenegro last Friday.

He’ll be joined by the other half of ‘SAS’ – Suarez. The Uruguayan has hit the ground running since returning from his length ban scoring three goals in two Premier League matches. The two will be relishing the chance to play against an unfamiliar Newcastle centre half pairing which could include Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Newcastle’s best form of defence could be attack. The Magpies also have a man scoring goals in the form of on-loan striker Loic Remy. Since his summer arrival the Frenchman has contributed five goals in as many games including two in the 2-1 win over Cardiff before the international break.

That win at Cardiff eased the pressure for Alan Pardew and moved Newcastle up to 11th place, the odds are against them but they’ll be hoping to build on that with a second home win.