Liverpool travel to Burton-upon-Trent on Tuesday evening for their first League Cup match of the season. Burton Albion or The Brewers as they are known are a bit of a rags to riches fairytale, the club won the Conference in the 2008/2009 season and have reached the Championship in just six years.
Liverpool will not be facing Burnley at Anfield on Saturday afternoon as the original fixture list dictated, instead the Reds are off to Turf Moor after a deal was agreed to switch the home and away ties due to the stadium redevelopment.
Last four head-to-head: 2-0 Liverpool (h) 03.04.15 1-0 Liverpool (a) 12.26.14 4-0 Liverpool (a) 04.25.10 4-0 Liverpool (h) 10.12.09
Last match: Liverpool: 4-3 Arsenal (a) Burnley: 0-1 Swansea (h)
Referee: Lee Mason
Guess at a line-up: Mignolet Clyne Lovren Klavan Milner Can Wijnaldum Lallana Firmino Coutinho Sturridge
With Sadio Mané almost certainly out due to a slight shoulder injury, Liverpool have two options: either the same formation as at Arsenal, with Can coming into midfield and Lallana shifting into attack, or a switch to 4-2-3-1 with either Sturridge or Origi up front, Lallana-Firmino-Coutinho in the line of three, and two from Wijnaldum, Henderson, and Can in midfield.
Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal for 20 years... That's a bloody long time in football and during that time it's fair to say we've had several scrapes with the Gunners so in the run up to our opening league fixture on Sunday I thought it would be good to take a look back through the Wenger years.
In the time that Arsene has been in London, Liverpool have had a total of seven managers; Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers and of course Jurgen Klopp.
As hundreds of Liverpool fans continue their epic journeys across Europe, several thousands more sit at home just waiting for kick off on Wednesday evening. There's some real final fever in the air for Reds all over the world and while rivals will be quick to highlight the fact that it's "only the Europa League" they will have to do way more than that to throw Kopites off the party train.
Well, that's another season almost over for Liverpool and it's been a rather eventful one to say the least. With Brendan Rodgers losing his job after the Merseyside derby in October and quickly being replaced by Jurgen Klopp just a couple of weeks later, it's safe to say that the season has been a transitional one for the Reds.
Guess at a line-up: Mignolet Clyne Lovren Toure Moreno Milner Can Lallana Firmino Coutinho Sturridge
It's awfully handy that the schedule worked out where the mid-week "first-team" gets Chelsea, and the shadow-side gets Watford then West Brom before the first-team comes back in for the Europa League final.
I HAVE FINISHED UNIVERSITY! You probably don't care but hey, at least now I can get back on track with the blog eh? First up in my renewed sense of organisation is the Chelsea match preview. The Reds welcome Hiddink's side to Anfield on Wednesday evening and to be honest I fully expect to see an extremely weakened side fielded by Jurgen Klopp.
Rafa returns to Anfield on Saturday as the Reds welcome his Newcastle side to L4. It will be fantastic to see Rafa back on the touchline and as much as I hope he manages to keep Newcastle up, winning comes first and Jurgen Klopp needs to steer his side to another victory and continue a fantastic run of form.
Guess at a line-up: Mignolet Clyne Lovren Sakho Moreno Milner Stewart Ojo Lallana Coutinho Sturridge
Even though Liverpool again had a midweek match – albeit one with fewer exertions than recent Europa League fixtures – I doubt we'll see the same highly-rotated side that featured against Stoke and Bournemouth.
Liverpool welcome Everton to Anfield on Wednesday evening as both sides are on opposite sides of the form scale at the moment. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is under immense pressure from his fan base for poor results in the league while Jurgen Klopp is idolised by Kopites all over after guiding his side to the semi-final of the Europa League.
Rafa Benitez had just announced his team for the second round EFL tie tonight at St. James' Park against League Two club Cheltenham Town and Karl Darlow and Jesus Gamez get their first run-outs for Newcastle this season. Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; Jamie Sterry, Jamaal Lascelles, Grant Hanley, Jesus Gamez; Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback; Rolando [.
Newcastle play Cheltenham Town this afternoon at St. James' Park in the second round of the EFL Cup and we really must be professional and win this game. Sometimes these kinds of games can be tricky,so we don't want the lads to be complacent. Comments welcome.
Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the second away game of the season at Bristol City today and captain Jamaal Lascelles returns to the starting line-up and partners Chancel Mbemba at center-back. Newcastle: Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Colback, Gouffran, Diame, Gayle Subs: Darlow Dummett, Sterry, Hanley, Shelvey, Aarons, Perez Ciaran [.
In their first two games of the season Bristol City beat Wigan 2-1 at home and then beat Burton Albion 2-1 away before narrowly losing 1-0 last Tuesday night at Norwich City. They are 8th in the Championship table with 6 points and Newcastle would overtake them with a win this afternoon. As for any [.
Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for our third league game of the season tonight at home to Reading. Ciaran Clark comes into central defense and he partners Chancel Mbemba. with Grant Hanley and captain Jamaal Lascelles on the bench tonight. There are three changes from the team that started on Saturday against [.
Rafa didn't look a very happy man at the end of the game at home to Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon and that was the first time he had lost a game at St. James' Park sincehe joined Newcastle back in March. It didn't come at a good time for Newcastle either, after we had been [...]
Rafa Benitez has just named the Newcastle starting eleven for the important game against Huddersfield Town this afternoon and he gives a debut to Mohamed Diame and also Chancel Mbemba returns to the side to partner captain Jamaal Lascelles at center-back. But Matt Ritchie is on the bench and that's probably rotation from Rafa [.
There's a very good interview with Daryl Janmaat who seems to have accepted he is going nowhere this summer and wants to stick in and help Newcastle do really well this season in the Championship and get immediately promoted. We must say we have been impressed with Daryl'sattitude in his last few interviews and this [.
It could be that Rafa Benitez picks a conservative team to play our first match for over six years in the Championship tomorrow night at Fulham. It's too soon for new signings Ciaran Clark and Mo Diame to participate and we don't even expect them tobe on the bench although they will travel with the [.
Rafa Benitez has just announced the team for the last friendly of pre-season at St. James' Park this afternoon against SBV Vitesse from Arnhem, Holland and Mbemba is not in the squad. Chancel has picked up a slight ankle injury in training and is not playing today but should be ready for Fulham next Friday.
The team that Rafa starts today against Vitesse will give us a decent indication of what team he will start on Friday night in the first league game of the Championship season. Rafa Benitez Here's our team in a 4-2-3-1 formation: Sels Janmaat Lascelles (c) Mbemba Gamez Shelvey Hayden Richie Perez Aarons Gayle In goal [.
Rafa Benitez has just announced the Newcastle team today for what could his final game in charge of Newcastle United, as we host Tottenham Hotspur in our final Premier League game for at least 15 months, after we were relegated last Wednesday night. Teams: Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Chancel Mbemba, Paul [.
Rafa Benitez has just announced the team to play Aston Villa this afternoon and it's an unchanged side from the side that beat Crystal Palace 1-0 last Saturday with Gini Wijnaldum holding his place in midfield. Aston Villa (3-5-2): Mark Bunn; Alan Hutton, Ciaran Clark, Joleon Lescott (c), Kevin Toner, Leandro Bacuna; Ashley Westwood, [.
Rafa Benitez held his press conference today for the game at Villa Park tomorrow and he seems a little worried the Newcastle players may be complacentand not be focusing enough on what will be a tough game for us tomorrow. Forget about Aston Villa already being relegated and losing11 games on the trot [.
Rafa Benitez has just announced his Newcastle side for the important home game against Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace this afternoon and as we had expected in comes Gini Wijnaldum for Ayoze Perez as the one change to the team that did so well in fighting back last week against Liverpool. Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; Vurnon [.
Rafa Benitez has just announced his Newcastle team for the crucial game at Liverpool this afternoon and it's an unchanged side that drew with Manchester City 1-1 on Tuesday night at St. James' Park. That was not unexpected. Liverpool: Mignolet, Randall, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Stewart, Allen, Milner, Lallana, Firmino, Sturridge Subs: Newcastle: Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, [.
Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the tough game against Manchester City at St. James' Park tonight and Rafa has dropped Gini Wijnaldum after another poor game on Saturday against Swansea.. Newcastle: Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Sissoko, Colback, Tiote, Townsend, Cisse, Perez Subs: Woodman, Wijnaldum, Aarons, De Jong, Mitrovic, Saivet, Shelvey So [.
Rafa Benitez has held his press conference for the game at home to Reading tomorrow night and we really hope we can a win to break the run of two successive defeats as we start life in the Championship. Rafa Benitez at pressconference These are some of the initial comments coming through from the [.