Liverpool v Newcastle preview, odds & team news: Steve Bruce admits odds against Magpies as they try to break long winless record at Anfield

Steve Bruce: Newcastle boss faces the press
Steve Bruce: Newcastle boss faces the press

Steve Bruce admits Newcastle have the odds stacked overwhelmingly against them as the Magpies face Liverpool at Anfield - where they're without a win in 25 years.

Former Manchester United defender Bruce will attempt to end the Magpies' 25-year wait for a league win at Anfield.

He said: "A record is always there to be broken. They haven't lost at home for two and a half years and are the European champions. They are as good as you get. We hope to catch them on an off day.

"Up front, they are as good as I've seen so we're going to have to defend well, but you have to try to enjoy it.

"We have to defend well but we have to be part of the game ourselves as well. Anfield is a great stadium & going there is a highlight.


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"I always get a bit of stick at Anfield but I always enjoy going there. Hopefully they've not been in the pub by 12.30 so they'll forget about me! "

The two clubs famously enjoyed a series of titanic struggles in the late 1990s as then Newcastle bosses Kevin Keegan and Kenny Dalglish attempted to get the better of their former employers on Merseyside, and narrowly came out on the wrong end of seven-goal thrillers.

Bruce, whose United side pipped the Magpies to the title in 1995-96, said: "I remember the two 4-3s, [Stan] Collymore getting the goal, unfortunately, in the last minute.

"They were great games, and they obviously helped us at the time at Manchester United."

Longstaff missing for Newcastle

Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff will miss Saturday's Premier League trip to Liverpool after suffering a "freak" training-ground injury.

The 21-year-old, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise since making his top-flight debut as a substitute at Anfield on Boxing Day last year, damaged an ankle blocking a cross during Thursday's session.

He is currently being assessed, leaving head coach Steve Bruce once again bemoaning his luck.

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Bruce said: "It's one of those awful ones. He goes to stop a cross and gets his ankle caught. It's one of those freak ones that unfortunately happen.

"You come off the pitch and we're all disappointed. We've lost a player to a freak accident, but that's what happens in football. Sometimes, you miss out."

Longstaff started only eight league games last season, but adapted to life in the big time so well that he was courted by Manchester United this summer, and he admitted this week that the speculation had proved a distraction.

He joins an injury list which already includes Allan Saint-Maximin, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll, although the latter was due to see a specialist in London on Friday following ankle surgery earlier this year.


Liverpool v Newcastle Opta stats

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 23 Premier League home games against Newcastle (W19 D4), scoring in every single one of those matches (58 goals), while keeping 12 clean sheets.
  • Newcastle were the second side to defeat Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Premier League in December 2015. Since then they’ve drawn two and lost three of their top-flight meetings with the Reds.
  • Liverpool have scored 98 Premier League goals against Newcastle – they could become the third team to score 100+ against a single opponent in the competition, and first to do so against a side who hasn’t been ever-present (Arsenal 107 v Everton, Manchester United 100 v Everton).
  • Only against Manchester United between 1973 and 2012 (29 games) have Newcastle had a longer winless run away from home in the top-flight than their current run of 23 games without a win against Liverpool.
  • Liverpool are looking to become the fourth team to win 14 consecutive English top-flight matches, after Arsenal (14, August 2002), Man City (15, August 2019) and Man City again (18, December 2017). The Reds could become the first team to win 14 in a row while scoring more than one goal each time.
  • Newcastle have won three of their last five Premier League away games (D1 L1), as many as they had in their previous 24 on the road (W3 D9 L12). They last won consecutive games away from home in January 2018.
  • Liverpool are looking to win their opening five Premier League matches of a season for the second time in as many seasons, having done so in 2018-19 – the only two teams to do so previously in back-to-back seasons are Chelsea (2009-10/2010-11) and Man City (2015-16/2016-17).
  • Newcastle United have won none of their last 27 away top-flight games against teams starting the day top of the table (W0 D5 L22) since a 1-0 win at Brian Clough’s Derby County in April 1972.
  • Sadio Mane has played 50 Premier League matches at Anfield without losing – 49 with Liverpool, one with Southampton (W40 D10 L0) - more than any other player has played on a ground without ending on the losing side in Premier League history.
  • Steve Bruce has lost just four of his last 17 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (W5 D8 L4), winning his most recent game against the Reds in April 2015 with Hull City.

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