Newcastle v Liverpool: Match Preview

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Newcastle United v Liverpool; Sports Direct Arena; Premier League; Sunday 1 April 2012, 13:30 KO

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be boosted by the return of Ryan Taylor and Cheick Tiote who have recovered from knocks. However, captain Fabricio Coloccini will miss out after picking up a hamstring injury at the Hawthorns last weekend.

Long-term absentees Peter Lovenkrands (thigh), Leon Best (knee), Steven Taylor (Achilles), and Sylvain Marveaux (groin) are all sidelined.

Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam will miss the trip to the North East as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee problem, and Craig Bellamy could also be absent for the fifth game in succession.

Kenny Dalglish will give late fitness tests to defensive trio Glen Johnson (calf), Martin Kelly (ankle) and Daniel Agger (rib).

Dalglish: Liverpool looking no further than Newcastle

Kenny Dalglish knows it's imperative that he and his players focus on what could be a tough trip to Tyneside this weekend as Liverpool play Newcastle United at St James' Park in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Reds boss has urged his squad to put thoughts of their FA Cup semi-final clash with Everton to the back of their minds, and keep their eyes on the immediate job at hand - downing a Magpies side that are unbeaten at home since December.

"It was a fantastic result for Everton and they played very well to beat Sunderland," Dalglish told "I think they thoroughly deserved to go through but that game against them is still two weeks away.

"I suppose somebody has got to be favourite, haven't they? Moyesy doesn't want to be favourites - that doesn't make any difference to us. We'll take it. It doesn't matter what the odds are. All that matters is what happens on the day. It is not a distraction for us.

"I'm sure there will be a lot of conversations about that nearer the time. For us the most important game at this particular moment in time is Newcastle."

Liverpool were 3-1 victors in the corresponding fixture at Anfield earlier this season, but Dalglish knows that Alan Pardew's Toon Army will present a tough challenge.

"We certainly won't be getting ahead of ourselves," he continued. "We need to prepare to face Newcastle and then we'll take it from there.

"We're all working together to find a solution. They are all working really hard. We analyse it professionally and the players analyse themselves. Their effort and their determination to get it right is second to none.

"All we can do is try our best and hope it will turn for us."

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