Steven Taylor has been recalled in place of Mike Williamson, Demba Ba is fit and teams with Papiss Cisse up front, and forgotten man Vurnon Anita is recalled to the Newcastle side against Liverpool today.
It looks like Danny Simpson must have picked up a knock and Anita is in at right back, where he’s played very well for Newcastle this season.
James Perch continues in defensive midfield for the suspended Cheick Tiote, and we could see Perch and Anita switch positions at some time during the game today.
This is a strong Newcastle side today, and it’s good that Demba Ba passed his fitness test, and maybe we can pick up all 3 points today.
It seems a little unfortunate that Mike Williamson has lost his place, but we assume Steven Taylor has been looking very good in training this week.
The bench is strong with 19 year-old Bigirimana returning, and the Ameobi brothers are both subs today, along with the in-form winger Gabby Obertan.
For Liverpool, former Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Jones continues in goal, with Pepe Reina still out injured, and Jose Enrique starts at left back for the Reds, and will be up against Hatem Ben Arfa.
That should be an interesting match-up.
We need the win today.
Howay The Lads!!
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Brad Jones; Andre Wisdom, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique; Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin; Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard (c), Suso; Luis Suarez
Substitutes: Peter Gulacsi, Sebastian Coates, Jamie Carragher, Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Oussama Assaidi, Stewart Downing
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Vurnon Anita, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, James Perch, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Shane Ferguson, Mike Williamson, Gael Bigirimana, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi