Liverpool bid to improve their stuttering form on Sunday as they face a tough test when they host Newcastle United at Anfield.
Alan Pardew's side had endured some indifferent form themselves of late, but did win their last game with a late strike to defeat West Brom. History is certainly not on the side of the visitors, with Liverpool winning 15 and losing none of Newcastle's last 17 games against them at Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers side had appeared to be on the up, but a poor performance against Swansea left them with an exit from the Capital One Cup after a 3-1 defeat at the hands of his former club. Rodgers expressed his disappointment in the performances of some of the fringe players that took part, so it seems that Stewart Downing and Joe Cole are unlikely to force their way into his plans for this game.
It's difficult to pick a winner here, with Liverpool playing well against Everton in their last encounter, but with both sides prone to inconsistency, anything could happen and it should be an intriguing clash between the two.
Liverpool injuries and suspensions
Newcastle injuries and suspensions
Brendan Rodgers has no new injury concerns at Liverpool and will have Pepe Reina ready to return to take the place of Brad Jones in goal. After Liverpool's disappointing exit to Swansea in the Capital One Cup, a return to the team that drew 2-2 with Everton last weekend is likely.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is confident that Demba Ba will be ready to return to action for the Magpies as the Senegalese striker recovers from a calf problem. Cheik Tiote will serve the second game of a three-match ban after being sent off during the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland.
Match Date\Time: Sunday 4th November 2012, 4 p.m. local, 11 a.m. ET
Venue: St James Park, Newcastle, England
TV: Fox Soccer Channel (U.S. English), Fox Deportss (U.S. Spanish), Sky Sports 1\HD, Sky Sports 3D (U.K.), Sportsnet World (Canada)