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Full time: Newcastle 2-0 Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum's heroics give Newcastle a surprise and crucial win over in-form Liverpool. The Dutchman created the first which martin Skrtel put into his own net before clipping home Mousa Sissoko's cross. Liverpool should have had an equaliser when Alberto Moreno chipped Rob Elliot but was wrongly adjudged to be offside but they were anything but at their best. A second defeat for Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager but I doubt Newcastle supporters will be shedding a tear.

Well that is all we have time for at the end of another exhilarating Premier League weekend. Everton and Crystal Palace do battle tomorrow before the final week of group games in the Champions League and Europa League. We'll be across all of that this week, but until then goodbye

Goal: Newcastle United 2-0 Liverpool (Georginio Wijnaldum)

Mousa Sissoko springs from deep and threads a fine ball through to Wijnaldum who beats Mignolet to the chase and dinks the ball over the Liverpool 'keeper to confirm the win. St James' Park is euphoric.

Another ball in from the left and another Lovren header, but his effort is saved easily by Elliot. It has hardly been a tour de force from Liverpool but Newcastle have done well to keep them at arms length.

Dejavn Lovren climbs highest from a Milner corner but the ball goes high and wide. Newcastle have four minutes to hold on.

Ball in the net for Liverpool but it is chalked off for offside. Nathaniel Clyne plays a cross-field pass to Moreno who produced a delightful cushioned volley which lobs Elliot and nestles in the corner. The linesman has flagged the Spaniard offside but replays suggest he was on! A bit of good fortune for Newcastle.

Daniel Sturridge put clear by Adam Lallana but on his right foot the ball roles well wide of Rob Elliot's goal. Newcastle face an uphill task to keep them out here.

Goal: Newcastle 1-0 Liverpool (Martin Skrtel own goal)

Ayoze Perez on for Newcastle and they take the lead immediately. A cross from the right finds its way to Wijnaldum, who gets the ball out of his feet crosses into the six yard area and Martin Skrtel sticks out a leg and turns the ball past Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool not having things their own way at all and Lucas hits a horrible pass out of play as he is forced back. Christian Benteke has cut a dejected figure for long periods and he is replaced by Daniel Sturridge.

Joe Allen sweeps a shot horrible wide in the first opening for the visitors. Wijnaldum hooked wide earlier in Newcastle's first effort and the home side continue to keep with the Reds.

Teams out for the second half. No changes as the game restarts.

Half time: Newcastle 0-0 Liverpool

An intriguing if not thrilling first half at St James' Park but no goals in the north east in a game of few chances. Liverpool have tried to impose their pressing game on Newcastle but they have been stifled by the energy of the home side, who have really impressed a week on from being humbled by Crystal Palace. A few chances at the end of the first half will give Steve McClaren hope that one point could become three at full time. Jurgen Klopp may be looking to his bench sooner rather than later.

Jordon Ibe down the left this time and he cuts inside and unleashing a stinging shot which beats Elliot but also the crossbar. Great effort as he approach half time.

Another half chance for the hosts, who have been the better side in this first half for me having produced a more rounded performance. Mbemba climbs to meet as Cisse flick on but he heads over the bar.

Half a chance for Newcastle. Liverpool commit several players forward and the Toon get the ball back and break. Cisse is set free but up against Skrtel he attempts to bundle his way through rather than show any guile and eventually Liverpool clear.

Newcastle genuinely getting in amongst Liverpool and disrupting their flow and goalkeeper Rob Elliot has barely been involved. Papiss Cisse goes close at the back post but it turns out he had fouled Nathaniel Clyne before shooting wide, That is about as close as we've come.

The visitors are somehow not ahead. Lovren gets his head to a corner and it breaks to Benteke who toe pokes the ball over the bar from eight yards out.

Jordon Ibe is a constant threat down the Liverpool right and you worry for Paul Dummitt this afternoon, who has the unenviable task of marking the England Under-21 youngster. Steve McClaren wanted his Newcastle team to out-run Liverpool in the game today and so far they are keeping pace with Jurgen Klopp's side.

As you might expect, Liverpool are dominating the early moments here but are yet to carve out any real opportunities. Newcastle huffing and puffing in the early moments, effort which is being greatly appreciated by the home faithful.

Under way at St James' Park.

Players are out and we're almost ready to go in the north east. Good atmosphere at St James', for now.

Less than 10 minutes to go until kick-off. Liverpool may claim they must win to keep any lingering hopes of winning the title alive, but this is a big game for Newcastle and Steve McClaren. The club need a performance, not least some points, which can inspire an about-turn in their form. Liverpool have shown at Chelsea and Manchester City that they can be the perfect side to disrupt that.

At what point can we call Liverpool title contenders? Jurgen Klopp has sprinkled magic dust over a squad which was regressing under Brendan Rodgers and a win today puts them with six points of leaders Leicester City. The Reds are plundering goals too and their second string front-line put six past Southampton in mid-week. Couple that with their record of winning heavily at St James' Park and this afternoon could be another step towards a renaissance.

How much longer will Steve McClaren be given to turn things around at Newcastle? The 5-1 defeat at Crystal Palace has seen the pressure ratchet up on the former England boss and with one win in their last five they are bang out of form for this one. Will defeat with a whimper signal the end for McClaren? The writing may already be on the wall.

Some interesting new emanating from St James' Park. Newcastle make only one change from the 5-1 hammering by Crystal Palace as Siem de Jong replaces Ayoze Perez.

Liverpool as expected make a host of changes from the League Cup win over Southampton. Simon Mignolet, Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne and Christian Benteke all return. Daniel Sturridge and Emre Can among those on the bench.


Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Wijnaldum; de Jong, Cisse.

Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno; Lucas, Allen, Milner; Ibe, Firmino, Benteke.

Teams should be with us imminently, but let's look at the confirmed team news ahead of this game.

Newcastle are without Mike Williamson due to hamstring injury after recalling the defender from a loan spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Cheick Tiote is also out having not recovered from a groin problem.

Liverpool may recall Philippe Coutinho after three games out with a hamstring injury, but captain Jordan Henderson is in contention for a first start since recovering from injury. Daniel Sturridge is expected to start for a second time in a row, for the first time this season.

The 2015-16 Premier League title may be the trophy no side wants to win, but this afternoon we could see a new addition to the race for silverware. Liverpool have lost one of their opening 11 games under Jurgen Klopp and the mid-week 6-1 destruction of Southampton was another reason to take the Merseysiders seriously on all fronts this season. Opponents Newcastle look like a rabbit in the headlights ahead of this game, with one win in their last five and only Sunderland separating them from the foot of the table. Steve McClaren badly need to inject his tenure with some inspiration and a decent showing, if not a point or three, could reignite his tenure. Team news ahead oft he 4pm kick-off on the way.