Liverpool see off Newcastle to claim second place in Premier League

Liverpool vs Newcastle United 3 March 2018: EPL Soccer Preview and Predictions

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored in the 2-0 Liverpool triumph.

FW Mohamed Salah, 7 - Another day and another goal but, altogether, this was a slightly slipshod performance.

Free-scoring Liverpool welcome former boss Rafa Benitez and his Newcastle United side to Anfield for a crucial Premier League encounter.

The win saw Liverpool record an impressive 200 Premier League goals since Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers.

Until they win the Premier League title, Liverpool fans will always be bitter about that devastating moment.

The Reds are unbeaten in 14 home matches in the league, according to the Liverpool Echo's Kristian Walsh.

"Liverpool are in great form, Mo Salah is just brilliant, and as much as Rafa tries to make it hard at Anfield... it won't happen". In our team, I like a lot of what we did so far. At times his speed helps him out of tricky situations but, when pressed, he often seems to panic and kick the ball out of play.

"There are a few games to go and we have to make sure he can keep on going in this shape, be in important spaces and very decisive areas, and score goals for us".

Tottenham's third-successive league win lifted them five points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea in the race to qualify for next season's Champions League via a top-four finish.

Islam Slimani, yet to make his Newcastle debut after joining from Leicester City on loan in January, is also a doubt.

And Newcastle certainly stuck to the script for most of the first half - they were well organised with a back 5 protected by a middle 4 with Dwight Gayle providing an outlet up front. If he's not a good goalkeeper then I would be the biggest idiot in world football if I line him up - maybe a few people think I am!

However, this is a Newcastle side that only narrowly lost 1-0 to Manchester City thanks to a solid defensive display and beat United 1-0 last month.

No fresh injury concerns for Liverpool this weekend, the first team squad is match fit and ready to go, Nathaniel Clyne even looks as if he'll get a game soon.

Keegan's tactical naivete and his refusal to alter his attacking principles proved to be Newcastle's downfall, while Evans never managed to impart a mental strength to his Liverpool side, leaving them brittle and prone to throwing away leads. "We have the indoor [facilities] and the players are training well". Thus, Saturday's game should be an easy win for Liverpool like the ones against Southampton and West Ham.