Premier League Preview: Liverpool vs. Newcastle United

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  • Liverpool leads series 80W-40D-48L
  • Magpies won 1-0 on Nov. 1
  • No season sweep since 2008/09

Anfield is the venue for two sides licking their wounds, and Liverpool and Newcastle United face differing repercussions for a loss on NBCSN at 3 p.m. ET Monday (Stream here via Live Extra).

The Reds are coming off a pair of big losses to Arsenal and Manchester United, set backs in a race for the Top Four that now seems as far off as ever.

They’ll need to focus on their league form despite a looming FA Cup semifinal on the horizon. Liverpool enters the day two points back of Southampton for fifth place, and seven back of Manchester City for fourth.

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Meanwhile, Newcastle just made it four losses on the bounce with an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Tyne-Wear Derby rivals Sunderland. The Magpies have been using a makeshift defense with Ryan Taylor, Jack Colback, Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat.

Newcastle is just nine points ahead of the drop with seven matches to play, and hasn’t looked like a side that’ll be gathering many more points moving forward.

Lee Mason is the referee for Monday’s match, as Newcastle searches for its first Anfield win in 21 years.

What they’re saying

Liverpool attacker Raheem Sterling on maintaining league focus: “Everyone is really excited to be playing at Wembley; the atmosphere in the camp is really good. Hopefully we can go again against Newcastle, get the result and be fired up for next Sunday’s game. We’ve just got to keep focused and block out the game at Wembley. It’s credit to ourselves for getting there, but now we’ve got to block it, go into the next game against Newcastle and be 100 per cent.

Newcastle United boss John Carver on the stretch run: “(Sunderland) was probably one of the darkest days in my career and I’m still hurting. It was a bitter pill to take. As a Club, we accept the responsibility and we accept that it just wasn’t good enough. We’ve had a difficult run but you are only as good as your last game and that for us was a huge disappointment. We now have a seven-game season on our hands. The next couple of games are tough but things after that look a bit more favourable on paper.”

Prediction

Yes, on paper, this one won’t be close, and we don’t expect much different given Newcastle’s problems at the back and Liverpool’s preference to freely attack. Liverpool 3, Newcastle 1.