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Newcastle v Liverpool: Predicted line-ups

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Suarez has been in goal-scoring form since completing his 10-match ban (©GettyImages)
Suarez has been in goal-scoring form since completing his 10-match ban (©GettyImages).

This weekend sees Newcastle host Premier League rivals Liverpool at St. James Park, as Alan Pardew looks for revenge against the Reds. 

Last season Pardew and his men suffered a humbling 6-0 home defeat against the Merseyside club, and neither the players or manager will want a repeat of this on Saturday. 

Both managers will have tough selection decisions to make after having many of their players return from international duty this week. 

Liverpool and England captain Steve Gerrard guided the nation to the World Cup finals next summer on Tuesday, after scoring in the 2-0 win over Poland. 

Brendan Rodgers will hope that the hard fought matches against Montenegro and Poland will not affect Gerrard's performance in the Premier League this week. 

Reds trio Glen Johnson, Joe Allen and Aly Cissokho have returned to training after injuries and are set to battle it out for a place in the side. 

England man Daniel Sturridge, who scored two in the previous 6-0 win, is set to partner the controversial Luis Suarez up-top, after he was caught-up in a Uruguay dive row this week. 

Newcastle manager Pardew has a whole host of selection worries. 

Instrumental captain Fabio Coloccini has been ruled out through injury, with his fellow Argentine Jonas Gutierrez unavailable due to personal reasons. 

Former England under-21 captain Steven Taylor is also a doubt. 

There is also a decision to be made whether Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran, Loic Remy and Papiss Cisse all start or not. 

Predicted line-up:

Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson,Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Sissoko; Remy, Cisse. 

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Agger, Sakho, Jose Enrique; Henderson, Gerrard, Moses, Sterling; Suarez, Sturridge. 

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