Newcastle invite league leaders and reigning Premier League Champions Liverpool to St. James’ Park on Wednesday. Liverpool are coming off just a draw at home against West Brom while Newcastle fell 2-0 at Manchester City on Saturday.
The poor result on Sunday could mean a hungry and determined Liverpool show up to St. James’ Park. However, like Newcastle, they will be without quite a few of their star players.
Liverpool are struggling with injuries to superstars like Naby Keita, Thiago, and Diogo Jota who are all ruled out. They are also short at center-back with Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez out long-term while Joel Matip was hurt against West Brom.
Bruce got a boost when Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar returned on Saturday. We’ll find out more (hopefully) during Bruce’s press conference if any others are returning as well as the condition of Callum Wilson, Jonjo Shelvey, and Ryan Fraser, all of who didn’t play over the weekend.
Newcastle are at a bit of a crossroads with this season not going anywhere near as well as hoped. We’ve dropped to 14th after Monday’s results and it’s a monumental task to get anything from Liverpool.
Things seem to be coming to a head with Steve Bruce biting back at some of the criticism. The expectations are not high for Liverpool but a fighting performance from his team is mandatory.