Welcome to our live blog of Newcastle United against Liverpool in the Premier League.
Both sides will be hoping to end 2020 with a win, and the Reds can go five points clear at the top of the table with victory at St. James’ Park tonight.
A win for the Magpies would put them level on points with Wolves in twelfth with 21, ten points clear of the relegation zone.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are looking to bounce back from being held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by West Brom three days ago, while Newcastle’s last outing was a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Boxing Day.
Manchester United capitalised on the Reds dropping points yesterday, with Marcus Rashford’s last minute winner against Wolves drawing United just two points behind Liverpool.
Joel Matip misses out for the Reds this evening after hobbling off against West Bro with a groin injury.
19-year-old Rhys Williams is expected to start alongside Fabinho at centre back.
Naby Keita is also out, and the game is too early for Thiago Alcantara’s return, after it was initially earmarked as a potential return date for the Spanish midfielder.
The Magpies are hampered by injuries, and are missing a number of key men for this clash.
Jamal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin are out, while Ryan Fraser is also unlikely to feature.
Callum Wilson, Jonjo Shelvey, Joelinton, Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez, Jeff Hendrick AND Paul Dummett will be assessed pre-game.
Kick off is at 8pm and team news is coming up in half an hour.