Mike Williamson is Newcastle’s latest injury absentee, having suffered a hamstring problem just days after his recall from a loan at Wolves.
Cheick Tiote has failed to recover from a groin strain in time for Sunday.
Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, who has missed the last three matches with a hamstring problem, remains a doubt.
Lucas and fit-again Jordan Henderson are vying to replace the suspended Emre Can, while Daniel Sturridge could make his first league start for two months.
Editor’s Note: Newcastle were nothing short of woeful of last Saturday as they were thumped 5-1 away at Crystal Palace, it doesn’t get any easier for them as they next play host to a Liverpool side who have won 7 out of their last 8 matches.
Reports say that Steve McClaren is only two games away from the sack with defeat on Sunday and against Tottenham the following week being enough to be shown the exit door at St. James Park
His Newcastle side look bereft of confidence and desire and this was most apparent in their capitulation at Selhurst Park last weekend. On the opposite side Liverpool are absolutely buoyant at present and proof apparent was their 6-1 League Cup demolition of Southampton in Midweek.
They will be boosted by the fact that Daniel Sturridge returned and scored twice and also Jordan Henderson is set to return, it’s almost a full deck for Jurgen Klopp to choose from and he is almost spoiled for choice as he prepares for their trip to the North-East.
Liverpool seem to have more joy on the road under Jurgen Klopp and that will mean more misery for Steve McClaren’s men tomorrow. It’ll be nothing short of a win for Liverpool and Steve McClaren pushed one step away from the exit at Newcastle.