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Full-time: Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle

A 300th Premier League win at Anfield completed with ease by the Reds, who go into second in the top flight above Manchester United.

They were made to work by Newcastle, who held firm until Mohamed Salah opened the scoring. Sadio Mane secured the win with the second in a half which was very stop-start and disrupted by a host of substitutions.

Graham Scott again says no penalty as Salah went clear and was taken out by Lascelles. He looked towards his assistant on the far side who said no. The contact was outside the box but it was certainly a foul and a red card for the Newcastle captain.

Three minutes added on at Anfield.

Salah goes down under the challenge of Lascelles. The Kop want a spot-kick but referee Graham Scott waves away the appeals again.

Salah gets in behind Lascelles and should find Can but Newcastle clear.

Liverpool looking for a final flourish.

James Milner on to face his former club, replacing the man who set up the opening goal Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Half a chance for Newcastle as Isaac Hayden heads wide of Karius' goal. That might be the last chance they get to set up a grand stand finish.

Adam Lallana on for Sadio Mane.

Liverpool very much trying to run down time now, with one eye on Porto in mid-week. They lead 5-0 from the first leg over the Portuguese side, but Jurgen Klopp has denied he will rest any players so expect many of these players to feature again. Therefore, you can understand why they are trying to take all the sting out of this game.

If Newcastle do go on to lose this game 2-0 they will stay 16th. Their next two games are key home matches against Southampton and then Huddersfield, who sandwich them in the table. Win them both, and survival is surely assured.

Joselu being prepared to come on for Newcastle, with around 27 minutes to go. Dwight Gayle looks like being the man to make way.

What that will do to help Newcastle back into this game I don't know.

Sadio Mane doubles Liverpool's lead.

Sadio Mane
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GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle (Sadio Mane)

That is the 200th goal under Jurgen Klopp and it was beautifully worked. Roberto Firmino drives forward and slips the ball inside for Mane, who slots into the corner. Game over, and there is still 34 minutes remaining.

Penalty for Liverpool? Mo Salah shoot goalwards and it strikes the hand of Lejeune but the referee waves away the appeals.

Paul Dummett saves Newcastle from surely conceding a second, as he denied Salah the space to cut inside in the box and Liverpool win the corner.

Better from the visitors at the start of this second half however.

And we're back under way.

Players back out for the second half at Anfield. No changes, but surely the Toon need to come out and have a go in this second half. Liverpool will just continue on the front-foot.

Mohamed Salah celebrates putting Liverpool ahead.

Mohamed Salah
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Half-time: Liverpool 1-0 Newcastle

Mohamed Salah again the difference for Liverpool, who finally broke down a stubborn Newcastle side who had threatened to frustrate the free-scoring Reds.

The Toon have sat back but they will have to come forward in the second half and that could provide more chances for the hosts, who have been far from their best but have the crucial lead.

Loris Karis sprung into action to make a flying save to keep out Diame's strike from the edge of the box. Newcastle belatedly threaten.

Dwight Gayle has cut an isolated figure in the Newcastle attack.

Dwight Gayle
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GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Newcastle (Mohamed Salah)

Who else? Make that 32 goals for the season. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is key with a driving run from midfield, and he lays the ball on for Salah who takes one touch and plants the ball beyond Dubravka

It has not been a classic Premier League weekend so far this one, and the game at Anfield is going the same way.

Newcastle fighting for their lives at the bottom and they're playing like it too, not giving an inch to Liverpool tonight.

Dwight Gayle with an effort on goal from 25 yards. He finds the Kop end with ease. First time he has touched the ball in this first half.

Liverpool now having more joy and Salah should really get a shot away when he receives the ball in the box, but he allows Dummett to tackle him and the ball goes behind.

Not one but two chances for Liverpool as they finally open Newcastle up. A Salah corner finds Lovren at the back post who tests Dubravka, before Merino gets in the way as the visitors clear.

Rafael Benitez has set his side up to frustrate Newcastle. And so far it is working.

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The pattern of this game is pretty much fixed now, with Liverpool dominating possession and trying to break Newcastle down. The away side are merely sitting in and are happy to frustrate the hosts.

It has been a pretty low key and poor opening quarter to be perfectly honest.

Mo Salah under some early pressure from Paul Dummett.

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Salah tests Dubravka from a tight angle and he pushed the ball behind. No corner given, and to be fair the replays are rather inconclusive. All Liverpool however.

The first Newcastle attack sees the ball spread to DeAndre Yedlin but his run and cross ends with Loris Karius gathering under no pressure.

Half chance for Liverpool as the ball runs to Salah in the box and it takes a brave block from Paul Dummett - in the face no less - to keep Newcastle's clean sheet in tact.

The Toon have started well here, restricting the Reds to plenty of possession around 30 yards from their goal. Dwight Gayle a rather lonely figure in attack however.

All Liverpool in the early minutes and Mane should put them ahead but he miss-controls a right-wing cross which Lascelles completely missed. The Senegal striker can't wrap his foot around the ball and the chance is gone.

Under way at Anfield.

Thirty-one goals for Mo Salah this season, but can he make Newcastle his latest victim? Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw at St James' Park earlier in the season.

Prediction time:

Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle United

Give me a shout with yours before kick-off.

Players on their way out at Anfield. Kick-off fast approaching.

Newcastle's fans have braved the conditions up north to be at Anfield today. Let's hope their team give them something to shout about.

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With Manchester United not in action until Monday, Liverpool can go second this afternoon if they can win today.

Jose Mourinho's side have a tricky game at Crystal Palace so the Reds could make second place their own before they go to Old Trafford next weekend.

Certainly a day to wrap up warm. Jurgen Klopp has it nailed.

Jurgen Klopp
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Results have certainly gone Newcastle's way so far this afternoon. Southampton and Stoke's draw at St Mary's and defeats for Huddersfield and West Ham means they can go five points clear of the bottom three with a win. At worst, they will remain a point above the drop zone at the end of the weekend.

Rafael Benitez staying coy over his formation this afternoon, and it does look somewhat flexible. Either Jacob Murphy or Christian Atsu could play in behind Dwight Gayle, who will lead the attack.

Liverpool will find space around the penalty hard to come by, but can the Toon provide a threat in the final third? They took the lead at Manchester United and Chelsea, but today is an entirely different proposition.

Full time across the country at last and now we can concentrate on matters in Merseyside, where Liverpool and Newcastle battle with entirely different motives.

Rafael Benitez returns to Anfield - where he remains a hero after a trophy-laden spell in charge - but the Toon have not won in this part of the world since 1994.

Liverpool are chasing a top four spot and they need to react to Tottenham's win earlier this afternoon.

Our build-up at Anfield will begin any minute now, but we 're waiting for the final whistle at the Liberty Stadium.

Heading towards full time across the country in the Premier League. Head to our live blog for all the scores.

Liverpool arrive at Anfield.

No real surprises with either or those sides, particularly with injury shaping the selection of both teams.

James Milner and Jonjo Shelvey miss the chance to play against their former clubs.

Jurgen Klopp on his team selection: "[It's] to keep them all going. They are all in good shape.

"Millie got a knock in the last game; he is in really good shape so we thought long about what he could do.

"But we have 11 100 per cent fit players so we should not risk anything. That's the reason."

Three changes for Newcastle. Jacob Murphy comes in for Matt Ritchie, Mikel Merino replaces the injured Jonjo Shelvey and Christian Atsu plays ahead of Ajoze Perez.

Two changes for Liverpool. Joel Matip is replaced by Dejan Lovren in defence and Jordan Henderson comes in for James Milner.

And now the Newcastle XI.

The Liverpool team has dropped.

Team news on the way Liverpool and Newcastle fans. Who do you want to see play today?

Newcastle supporters have braved the weather to travel to Merseyside this afternoon.

Safe journey to everyone heading to Anfield today.

We'll be backed by 2,950 travelling fans in a sold-out away end. ❤️⚫️⚪️ #NUFC

— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 3, 2018

Preparations well under way at Anfield.

How might both sides line up this afternoon?

Liverpool could be without James Milner, who is injured, while Georginio Wijnaldum and Ben Woodburn are ill.

Newcastle are missing former Red Jonjo Shelvey and Jesus Gamez. But Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie are available.

We're approaching the second half in our 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League. You can follow all the goals as they go in those five matches via our live blog here.

The annuls of Premier League history will always be favourable to games between Liverpool and Newcastle and this evening both sides will look to add another chapter to one of more entertaining rivalries during the division's history.

The Reds have more pressing matters at hand than continuing their impressive record of the Toon, as they bid to put more pressure on Manchester United in the race for second place.

Rafael Benitez returns to Anfield meanwhile with relegation on his mind and with it so congested at the bottom any point at this stage of the campaign will be welcomed by the travelling Newcastle following.

All the team news and build-up ahead of the 5:30pm kick-off on the way.