There’s no rest for the wicked as Liverpool dive straight back into Premier League action in their title chase with a trip to Newcastle this lunchtime.
The Reds took a big step towards the final of the Champions League by beating Villarreal 2-0 in the first leg of their semi on Wednesday and now have the chance to climb to the top of the table, at least until Manchester City play Leeds later on this evening.
There was more good news for Liverpool on Thursday, with news that Jurgen Klopp has signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2026, having previously suggested he would walk away two years before that.
Newcastle have been enjoying a terrific time of it themselves, with the fears of relegation that dogged the first half of their campaign long since banished and Eddie Howe’s men have won six home games on the spin.
Follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below...
Newcastle vs Liverpool latest news and updates
Kick-off: 12:30pm, St. James’ Park
TV channel: BT Sport
Newcastle team news
Liverpool team news
Standard Sport prediction
Newcastle United FC 0 - 1 Liverpool FC
FT: Newcastle 0-1 Liverpool
14:23 , Malik Ouzia
Liverpool go top of the Premier League.
Over to you, Manchester City...
14:19 , Malik Ouzia
90+1 mins: We’re playing four minutes of added time.
14:17 , Malik Ouzia
88 mins: Bruno Guimares has just fired straight at Alisson from range but the hosts are giving it a go now. They’ve got a deep free-kick and everyone is sent up.
14:13 , Malik Ouzia
84 mins: That would’ve finished it. Keita whips it out to Diaz, who shimmies past his man but can only find the side netting from a tight angle.
14:11 , Malik Ouzia
82 mins: Into the final ten minutes we go then. Liverpool are on the brink of another big three points but it could get a bit nervy if Newcastle can mount a late rally. They’ve not shown a great deal to suggest they can so far.
14:06 , Malik Ouzia
78 mins: A third and final change for the visitors as James Milner maker way for Thiago Alcantara.
14:01 , Malik Ouzia
73 mins: Less routine, but another important save this from Dubravka as Jota is sent in behind and goes for power early.
Feels like a second goal is coming...
14:01 , Malik Ouzia
72 mins: Already Mo Salah is causing problems. He kills Diaz’s cross dead and then tries to clip into the top corner but doesn’t get the angle right and Dubravka claims easily.
13:57 , Malik Ouzia
69 mins: Sadio Mane is booked for a high one on Dubravka as he tries to get on the end of a Van Dijk header but it’ll be the last act of his afternoon.
Mo Salah is on in his place and Fabinho enters the fray, too, in place of Jordan Henderson, who offers a grin and applause to all corners of the ground that has been giving him grief, as an ex-Sunderland man, all afternoon.
13:55 , Malik Ouzia
67 mins: Here comes the first Newcastle change of the afternoon - Chris Wood is on in place of Joe Willock.
13:51 , Malik Ouzia
63 mins: Massive chance. Joe Gomez charges down the right and cuts back into the path of Mane, who thinks he’s scored but steers his effort past the near post.
13:48 , Malik Ouzia
59 mins: Approaching the hour-mark then and in truth it doesn’t really feel like this second half has caught alight yet.
As I write that, Milner clips a cracking ball over the top for Jota to chase and Dubravak just about does enough, first getting a touch away and then getting back up to deal with Robertson’s follow up.
13:41 , Malik Ouzia
53 mins: Liverpool have got Fabinho and Mo Salah out warming up. Not a bad set of options Jurgen Klopp has on his bench.
13:39 , Malik Ouzia
51 mins: Lovely little turn from Joe Willock and it’s too good for his namesake Gomez, who hauls him down and picks up a yellow card.
13:38 , Malik Ouzia
49 mins: As at the start of the first-half, plenty of impetus about Newcastle but they really do look vulnerable on the break.
This time it’s Jota who breaks and feeds Diaz, with the winger’s shot blocked behind for a corner.
13:33 , Malik Ouzia
We are back underway...
And here is that Naby Keita goal...
13:27 , Malik Ouzia
Wonderful feet from Naby Keita 😍
Liverpool take the lead and the Newcastle fans aren't happy, but it looks like James Milner got his challenge just right... pic.twitter.com/1gdngbRXmb
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 30, 2022
HT: Newcastle 0-1 Liverpool
13:18 , Malik Ouzia
Naby Keita’s goal is the difference and, as things stand, Liverpool are going top of the league.
13:16 , Malik Ouzia
45+1 mins: Two minutes to be added...
13:12 , Malik Ouzia
41 mins: He’s so good in the air, Diogo Jota. Henderson bends an early cross in and there’s not loads of pace on it but Jota engineers a superb header, properly swivels on it, and Dubravka has to tip over the bar.
13:10 , Malik Ouzia
39 mins: This is one of those that does annoy you. Miguel Almiron is a mile offside, we can all see it clear as day, but the flag stays down, he tries to round Alisson, doesn’t really succeed but eventually finds the net anyway.
And then, obviously, the flag is raised.
13:06 , Malik Ouzia
34 mins: Lightning break from Liverpool and the front three are all charging on. Diaz picks his pass square to Mane but the Senegalese opts to go for a first-time finish and doesn’t catch it right, sliding straight at Dubravka.
13:02 , Malik Ouzia
31 mins: We saw Villarreal get walloped by the old one-two from Liverpool in midweek but Newcastle are holding firm here and not under a great deal of pressure either at the moment. Good response.
12:57 , Malik Ouzia
26 mins: Luis Diaz skips past Matt Targett and in real-time it looks as if he might’ve been a bit too honest for his own good in not going down but the replay shows the full-back pulled out of the tackle just in time.
GOAL! Newcastle 0-1 Liverpool | Naby Keita 19’
12:50 , Malik Ouzia
Newcastle want a free-kick in the build-up though - VAR will check this... nope, nothing wrong with that!
James Milner gets to the ball ahead of Fabian Schar in midfield and the Toon man goes down but it’s a fair tackle.
Liverpool play on and Jota times his pass through to Keita perfectly, the midfielder selling a great dummy before lashing home.
12:47 , Malik Ouzia
16 mins: The flag goes up in the end but this is a cracking bit of defencing from Krafth, who stretches to deny Mane a back post tap-in from Gomez’s low cross.
12:44 , Malik Ouzia
13 mins: Liverpool have done well in just keeping possession for a spell here, calming the atmosphere a touch. No clear-cut chances of note for either side yet.
12:39 , Malik Ouzia
8 mins: Ooof, that’s not far away. Liverpool break and Naby Keita lets fly from the corner of the box, his shot taking a little nick and fizzing just wide of the far post.
The referee doesn’t spot the Newcastle touch and Keita is furious at the award of a goal-kick.
12:36 , Malik Ouzia
5 mins: First little opening for Liverpool as Milner’s free-kick is headed a mile up in the air but not very far clear. Diogo Jota manages to bring it down and hit on the stretch but blazes well over.
12:33 , Malik Ouzia
2 mins: I’m sure Liverpool will have been expecting a fast start from the home side and they’ve got it, with Newcastle straight on the front foot.
Taking the sting out of things will be crucial for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
12:31 , Malik Ouzia
We are underway at St. James’ Park...
12:25 , Malik Ouzia
Five minutes to go until kick-off and St. James’ Park is absolutely buzzing, as you’d expect given the way their team has been playing of late.
Glorious day for it, too...
Klopp: My deal alone won’t convince Salah and Mane to sign
12:15 , Malik Ouzia
With Jurgen Klopp’s future sorted, Liverpool can turn their attentions to tying up some of their star men, including Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, who are both out of contract at the end of next season.
However, Klopp does not believe that the clarity provided by his new deal will be a defining factor in convincing his players to stay.
“That is more a question for the boys, what it exactly means for them but all fine, my relationship with them is great,” he said.
“My point is in life there are more important things to think about, not only who is the manager but knowing who the manager and coaching staff is is important thing because when you know what you have with other clubs where you could go, you don’t know exactly.
“There is no 100 per cent in this business but I think it is pretty likely I will stay for a little bit longer because other coaches are there at other clubs.
“If it is a positive sign for the boys, great, but I don’t think this will be the one decisive thing for whatever decision they want to make.
“It is their own life but we just wanted to guarantee that everyone who wants to be here knows what he can expect.”
Here’s the visitors arriving a little earlier on...
12:05 , Malik Ouzia
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 30, 2022
Three changes for Newcastle
11:55 , Malik Ouzia
Eddie Howe has also had a tinker with his side, though not quite to the same extent as Jurgen Klopp.
Fabian Schar, Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron all come back in having been benched for the win over Norwich, with Jamaal Lascelles, Sean Longstaff and Jacob Murphy making way.
Five changes for Liverpool
11:43 , Malik Ouzia
So, Jurgen Klopp has shuffled his pack in a big way with five changes from the side that started the midweek win over Villarreal.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Mo Salah all drop to the bench.
Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, James Milner, Naby Keita and Diogo Jota come in.
Liverpool team news
11:32 , Malik Ouzia
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Gomez, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Keita, Jota, Mane, Diaz.
Subs: Fabinho, Konate, Thiago, Salah, Jones, Tsimikas, Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Elliott.
Newcastle team news
11:31 , Malik Ouzia
Newcastle XI: Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Burn, Targett, Bruno Guimaraes, Shelvey, Willock, Almiron, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.
Subs: Dummett, Lascelles, Ritchie, Manquillo, Wood, Murphy, Darlow, Gayle, Longstaff.
11:20 , Malik Ouzia
We should have all the confirmed team news in around ten minutes’ time...
Salah named Footballer of the Year
11:15 , Malik Ouzia
That wasn’t all the good news done either, because yesterday Liverpool forward Mo Salah was named Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association for the second time.
Chelsea striker Sam Kerr won the women’s award.
Klopp signs new deal
11:04 , Malik Ouzia
It’s been a terrific week already for Liverpool with that win over Villarreal on Wednesday night and then, the following day, news confirmed that Jurgen Klopp has signed a new contract.
The German has previously said he would walk away in 2024 at the end of his existing deal but has now committed until 2026.
Explaining his decision to reverse plans to step away in two year’s time, Klopp told the club website: “Like any healthy relationship, it always has to be a two-way street; you have to be right for each other. The feeling we were absolutely right for each other is what brought me here in the first place and it’s why I’ve extended previously.
“This one is different because of the length of time we have been together. I had to ask myself the question: Is it right for Liverpool that I stay longer?
“Along with my two assistant managers, Pep Lijnders and Pete Krawietz, we came to the conclusion it was a ‘Yes!’
“There is a freshness about us as a club still and this energises me. For as long as I have been here, our owners have been unbelievably committed and energetic about this club and it is clear that right now this applies to our future as much as I’ve ever known.”
10:54 , Malik Ouzia
Premier League only.
Newcastle wins: 11
Liverpool wins: 30
Standard Sport prediction
10:45 , Malik Ouzia
Given Newcastle’s home form and the tight turnaround from Villarreal, you could make a case for this being Liverpool’s toughest assignment in the run-in.
They may well have to grind it out, but should have too much.
Liverpool to win 2-1.
Newcastle team news
10:41 , Malik Ouzia
The likes of Kieran Trippier, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser are among the continued absentees for Newcastle, but Miguel Almiron, Fabian Schar and Jonjo Shelvey will all be pushing to return after being left on the bench at Norwich.
Liverpool team news
10:35 , Malik Ouzia
Roberto Firmino is Liverpool’s only injury concern and is expected to be ruled out again, but Klopp will likely shuffle his pack to some degree after playing in Europe on Wednesday night.
Diogo Jota, Joel Matip and Naby Keita could be among those to come in.
How to watch
10:33 , Malik Ouzia
TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 1.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the BT Sport website or app.
10:29 , Malik Ouzia
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of this afternoon’s Premier League clash between Newcastle and Liverpool.
We’ll have all the team news and build-up ahead of a 12:30pm kick-off...