Pepe Reina and Glen Johnson are still injured for Liverpool, but Demba Ba returns for Newcastle.
Glen Johnson is also injured, with Andre Wisdom starting at left-back. The team is the same eleven that drew 2-2 in the Merseyside Derby against Everton last week, with the likes of Stewart Downing and Joe Cole having failed to impress in midweek.
For the visitors. Demba Ba makes a welcome return from injury and starts up front, reprising his partnership with Papiss Cisse. Cheik Tiote is injured, and James Perch surprisingly starts in midfield in his stead, with summer signing Vurnon Anita at right-back.