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Liverpool vs Newcastle United LIVE Football Score 30/04/2022

Liverpool vs Newcastle United LIVE Football Score 30/04/2022

The Reds have been in extraordinary form since the turn of the year. They are in with a chance of landing the seemingly impossible quadruple, having won the Carabao Cup earlier in the season while the final phase of the respective Champions League and FA Cup tournaments. The Premier League, though, remains the biggest prize for the Reds as we approach the final phase of the campaign. With 79 points on the board, the Merseyside giants are locked in a tense battle for the league title, with league leaders Manchester City only having a one-point lead at the top.

Liverpool’s last game saw them squash arch-rivals Everton. But they are set to face a more daunting challenge up against a Newcastle United side coming on the back of four successive wins in the Premier League. With 43 points on the board, Newcastle United’s survival in the top-flight has been guaranteed, and it appears the Magpies are now making a push for an ambitious top-eight finish. Newcastle United’s game against Liverpool in the reverse fixture saw them lose 3-1 at Anfield, but with a far stronger unit and the added home support, Eddie Howe’s men will be hoping for a much better performance this weekend.

Eddie Howe reported no fresh injury concerns heading into this clash, meaning he will only miss out on the services of long-term absentees Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson. Ryan Fraser has been ruled out as well, perhaps for the remainder of the campaign. In terms of the starting eleven, Howe introduced many changes to the side that faced Norwich City last weekend. The rotation made sense given Newcastle United’s strenuous schedule heading into that game.

But the former Bournemouth boss might look to revert those changes, with Fabian Schar and Jonjo Shelvey among the players more than likely to return to the starting eleven. The same can be said for Miguel Almiron as well, with the Paraguayan likely to get the nod ahead of Jacob Murphy despite his promising display against Norwich City.

Tactically, Eddie Howe could continue with his tried and tested 4-3-3, but it won’t be surprising to see him revert to a back five against a free-scoring Liverpool team. In that case, Jamaal Lascelles could keep his place in the team, forming the three-man backline alongside Schar and Dan Burn.

Meanwhile, in the attack, Joelinton could return to his withdrawn role in midfield despite scoring a brace against Norwich City in the number nine position. Chris Wood should replace him in the centre-forward role, with the New Zealand international hoping to feed off of the support of Allan Saint-Maximin and co.

A combination of effective January spending and the hard work of Eddie Howe and his coaching staff have transformed Newcastle from relegation contenders into top-half hopefuls for the final few weeks of the season, and optimism could not be higher among the Magpies fanbase at present.

Newcastle’s brilliant Brazilians were in full flow at Carrow Road in a 3-0 triumph for Howe’s side last weekend, as Joelinton bagged a brace before new boy Bruno Guimaraes kept up his hot goalscoring streak with a delightful chip early in the second half.

A four-game winning streak is just what the doctor ordered for Newcastle before a meeting with the quadruple-chasing Reds, and the Magpies have now risen to ninth in the rankings with four games left to play. Incredibly, a top-seven finish and spot in European competition is not mathematically impossible for the North East club either.

Newcastle’s quartet of victories has also seen them concede just one goal in the process, although such resilience will be tested to the maximum against Liverpool, and Howe has also overseen a run of six consecutive Premier League victories at St James’ Park.

Not since before Christmas have the Magpies suffered a top-flight defeat in front of the home crowd, but Liverpool have recent experience when it comes to defeating previously stern opposition ahead of a game that they reportedly asked the Premier League to reschedule amid the tight turnaround.

Despite humbling Juventus on their own turf and getting the better of Bayern Munich over two legs, gleaning a positive result at the Anfield fortress was a step too far for Unai Emery and Villarreal, as Liverpool huffed and puffed and eventually knocked down the yellow brick wall.

It took a slice of fortune for Jurgen Klopp’s side to make the second-half breakthrough as Jordan Henderson’s cross deflected off Pervis Estupinan into the back of the net, and Sadio Mane would poke home to hand Liverpool a healthy advantage before next week’s second leg.

Emery has insisted that Liverpool will “suffer” in Spain next week – a stark warning for Klopp, whose frustrations surrounding the fixture schedule should not be hidden – but the hectic Easter period has seen the Reds pick up six wins from eight in April so far.

Magpies boss Howe is still working without his quartet of long-term absentees in Kieran Trippier, Callum Wilson, Jamal Lewis and Isaac Hayden, while Ryan Fraser is fighting a battle to return before the end of the season too.

Joelinton came off with a knock at Carrow Road but is not thought to be nursing anything serious, and a return to a deeper role for the Brazilian could see Chris Wood come back in to lead the line.

Howe also elected to leave Miguel Almiron, Fabian Schar and Jonjo Shelvey out of the starting lineup for the win over Norwich, but having had a full week to recover from that triumph, the trio may all be drafted back into the side here.

Liverpool, meanwhile, remain well-stocked despite the hectic period towards the end of the season, with Roberto Firmino’s foot problem the only injury concern for Klopp at the time of writing, and the Brazilian is set to miss out once again.

The Reds boss was without Curtis Jones and Kostas Tsimikas in midweek due to illness, and while Jones is set to remain absent, Tsimikas should return and may challenge Andy Robertson for the left-back spot.

Klopp’s rotation policy will certainly strike again for the lunchtime kickoff, with Joel Matip, Naby Keita, Diogo Jota and maybe even Joe Gomez coming back into the side this week.

A 2-0 Merseyside derby success over Everton kept the gap at the top to Manchester City to just one point, meaning that Liverpool would temporarily rise to the summit with just a draw owing to their better goal difference before the reigning champions meet Leeds United a few hours later.

Klopp is faced with a selection dilemma in the final third every week, and Liverpool’s eight games this month have seen them notch up at least two goals on each occasion, and no side has managed to hand the Reds their first away loss of 2022 in any competition yet.

Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners the last time Newcastle paid a visit to Anfield on December 16 – a result which stretched the Reds’ unbeaten run against their upcoming hosts to 10 league games since going down 2-0 to the Magpies in the 2015-16 campaign, with familiar face Georginio Wijnaldum on the scoresheet at St James’ Park that day.

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