Liverpool v Newcastle: Expected XI's – Emre Can expected to return

Martin Tyler

Liverpool take on Newcastle United at Anfield hoping to get back in the race for a top-four spot.

Newcastle have dropped into 13th place after losing four consecutive games but still remain nine points off the relegation zone.

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The Reds have lost back-to-back games but a win against the Magpies could close the gap with fourth placed Manchester City to just four points.

Emre Can is expected to slot back into the back-line after completing his suspension but Gerrard and Skrtel are both out with suspension.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will be a game time decision after struggling with illness.

Fabricio Coloccini and Papiss Cisse are both out suspended for Newcastle United.

Liverpool – Newcastle

Stadium: Anfield

Referee: L Mason

Kick-Off: 20:00 GMT

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Mignolet, Johnson, Can, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Lucas, Allen, Sterling, Coutinho, Sturridge

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Krul, Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Colback, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Gouffran, Ameobi, Cabella, Perez

Manager: John Carver