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Newcastle United will aim to avoid a repeat of their last home game with Liverpool when they meet at St James Park on Saturday.
The Magpies went down 6-0 on that occasion and after an inconsistent start to the season that has seen 3 defeats and 12 goals conceded Magpies fans will be pessimistic heading to the clash with Brendan Rodgers side.
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Liverpool currently sit joint top of the table after winning 5, drawing 1 and losing 1 of their 7 games to date with 11 goals scored and 5 conceded.
Nine of those goals have come from Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez and with the pair both on the score sheet for their countries during the International break, Newcastle will be wary of their threat.
A difficult that has been all the more tricky with captain Fabricio Coloccini ruled out of the game after returning from International duty with Argentine with a groin problem.
Manager Alan Pardew confirmed that the defender would miss the game and also revealed that he was not yet how long the 31 year old would be out for, telling reports “We have had an injury to Colo in that time, so he won’t feature this weekend,”
How long he misses, we will have to wait and see, so that was disappointing.
“He has a groin injury, so we will have to see how it repairs itself over the next few days.”
Coloccini is set to be replaced by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. The 24 year old was taken off at half time of his side’s recent 3-2 loss to Everton however Pardew has backed the French man to fill the gap.
“The most important thing is his response on the pitch, but his response in training has been very good,” said Pardew.
“Sometimes you need to come out to have a little breather. You could perhaps say his chance has come early, with Colo’s injury, to come back in, so it will be interesting, his performance.
“I hope – I really hope because he’s a terrific person – that he puts in great display on Saturday.”
Steven Taylor and Massadio Haidara are also set to return to the squad.
Newcastle have their own goal threat in the shape of five goal striker Loic Remy. The on-loan QPR star has impressed so far this season and is the North East side’s most likely source of goals.
The Reds meanwhile will have Joe Allen and Aly Cissokho available again after injury while Lucas returns following suspension. Glen Johnson is back training although it’s not sure yet if the England star will feature.