After knocking out the Premier League champions in the League Cup on Wednesday evening, Newcastle return to domestic action in Saturday’s early kickoff when they try and overturn last season’s runners up, Liverpool.

Both sides progressed to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup in midweek – Liverpool scoring twice late in the day to eliminate Brendan Rodgers’ former club, Swansea.

Alan Pardew changed six of the side that beat Spurs away from home last weekend to defeat Manchester City and is expected to make more changes when Liverpool arrive at St James’ Park.

Teenager Rolando Aarons – one of the stars of Wednesday’s triumph – is expected to be fit after being withdrawn as a precaution against City, while Daryl Janmaat should also make it after coming off in the second half.

News of Mike Williamson’s availability is awaited after the big defender missed his third game through injury but Steven Taylor will be fit after a slight knock saw him get the night off on Wednesday.

Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse remain sidelined along with Davide Santon and Siem de Jong. The African pair are much closer to a return to the side than their European counterparts.

For Liverpool, Mario Balotelli scored just his second goal for Liverpool in midweek and will be full of confidence ahead of Saturday but Mamadou Sakho is injured and won’t be available.

Fabio Borini has an annoying knack of scoring against Newcastle and the former Sunderland loanee will be hoping to make it four goals in as many appearances but is unlikely to start.

Former Magpie Jose Enrique will miss out with injury, while John Flanagan and Daniel Sturridge are also sidelined.