In an irregular marketing campaign, Jürgen Klopp’s workforce can shut the yr with extra benefit on the prime of the championship.
Liverpool visits Newcastle within the match that completes date 16 of the Premier League, with the chance to take a wider lead mild on the prime of the championship and thereby shut one other profitable calendar yr within the administration of German Jürgen Klopp.
The match will probably be performed at 17 (Argentina time) at Saint James Park Stadium, arbitrated by Paul Tierney and stay broadcast of ESPN 2 (channels 102 of Cablevisión and 623 of DirecTV).
In the event that they win, Liverpool will attain 35 factors and will probably be 5 factors forward of their instant pursuer, Manchester United (30), with the exception that Everton (29), who had reached this sixteenth date as the one guard, is not going to He was capable of play his sport in opposition to Manchester Metropolis as a consequence of an outbreak of coronavirus within the squad led by Pep Guardiola.
Newcastle, with 18 factors, is beneath the center of the desk, though he has a sport pending on the eleventh date in opposition to Aston Villa that additionally needed to be suspended as a result of look of Covid-19 instances on the campus of the Magpies.
The irregularity within the present Premier League season impacts even the pointer himself, as a result of Liverpool already left 13 factors in the way in which of the 45 they performed, when within the earlier marketing campaign, after date 15, he was undefeated, with 43 models and already eight forward of Leicester, the second on the time.
Whereas it’s the solely workforce that has suffered a single defeat to date within the event, he was greater than forceful: a 7 to 2 in opposition to Aston Villa on the fourth date that had the historic tinge.
Within the twenty first century, solely in three seasons have been leaders with comparable campaigns discovered to which Jürgen Klopp’s workforce now has: Arsenal (32 factors) in 2002-03, Leicester (32) in 2015-16 and Manchester United (31) in 2010-11. In the remaining, everybody who was on prime after the fifteenth date was on prime.
Actually, the Premier League got here with three straight years of undefeated leaders and with a sweeping step: Manchester Metropolis in 2017-18 (43) and 2018-19 (41), and the aforementioned Liverpool in final season (43).
The Anfield workforce has not misplaced from 7 to 2 in opposition to Aston Villa, however 11-game unbeaten streak recorded 5 attracts, together with 1 to 1 in opposition to two groups which might be within the relegation zone, Fulham and West Bromwich, the latter on Sunday and as an area.
Even so, Liverpool will shut this specific yr, amid the coronavirus pandemic, with optimism and the nonetheless recent reminiscence of the Premier League title achieved in 2019-20, with which it ended a three-decade drought with out being topped in England. As well as, within the earlier season he had obtained the Champions League.
The area for Klopp’s concern is within the wave of accidents that particularly affected the protection, the sector of the sphere most questioned within the Reds, that in these first 15 dates they acquired 20 objectives, simply 13 lower than the 33 they acquired within the 38 video games of the earlier season.
Joel Matip injured in opposition to West Bromwich, the one skilled center-back Klopp had out there to the indefinite casualties of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gómez. Rhys Williams changed Matip on Sunday, however Klopp may go for Nat Phillips this time.
Excellent news for the German is the potential reinstatement of Thiago Alcántara, who was out for 16 video games after struggling a knee harm within the Merseyside derby (2-2 in opposition to Everton at Goodison Park) and will go to the bench .
Newcastle, along with searching for to hit the pointer, he has a novel streak for bending: they solely gained two of the final 17 matches on the shut of the calendar yr, during which they suffered 12 defeats.
It doesn’t arrive in the perfect form as a result of comes from 4 video games with out a win, three for the Premier League (together with 5-2 losses to Leeds United and 2-0 in opposition to Manchester Metropolis) and elimination from the League Cup within the quarterfinals by the hands of Brentford. That’s the reason the administration of coach Steve Bruce begins to be questioned.
Newcastle has a number of absent. Between them, Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin nonetheless really feel the consequences of getting contracted Covid-19. Whereas Jonjo Shelvey, Ryan Fraser and Martin Dubravka usually are not out there as a consequence of accidents.