No surprises in the Newcastle line-up as Keegan makes just one change from the side which was beaten at home to Blackburn with Charles N’Zogbia as expected replacing Joey Barton.
Alan Smith continues to partner captain Michael Owen up front with N’Zogbia partnering Nicky Butt in the center of midfield. This is the team we expected Keegan to play with the subs being the expected ones of Forster, Cacapa, Geremi, Martins and Carroll.
It remains to be seen how long Keegan keeps faith in striker Smith, who has yet to score for the Magpies. 🙁
Unfortunately Liverpool included both Torres and Gerrard for today’s game.
We had hoped both would be rested for the Inter Milan European Champions League tie in mid-week – no such luck.
Liverpool: Jose Reina, John Arne Riise, Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Yossi Benayoun, Xabi Alonso, Jermaine Pennant, Alvaro Arbeloa, Lucas, Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel
Subs: Charles Itandje, Sam Hyypia, Peter Crouch, Dirk Kuyt, Ryan Babel
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Abdoulaye Faye, Nicky Butt, Charles N’Zogbia, James Milner, Damien Duff, Michael Owen, Alan Smith
Subs: Fraser Forster, Oba Martins, Claudio Cacapa, Andy Carroll, Geremi
Referee: Peter Walton