Newcastle face a daunting trip to Anfield to face Liverpool for the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday, and they will hope to repeat the heroics at Tottenham in their previous away game.

With the European champions now the only Premier League side to boast a 100 per cent winning record, the last thing Steve Bruce wants to hear is that they may have a key player returning from injury.

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But that is exactly what could happen this weekend, with the Express reporting (via the Physio Room website) midfielder Naby Keita could be available for selection for Saturday’s game.

The Guinea international has been sidelined with a groin injury, picked up ahead of the Super Cup win over Chelsea, but is expected to be in the frame for Newcastle’s visit.

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Keita was on the bench for Liverpool’s opening Premier League game against Norwich, before picking up the injury, and another bench spot is likely to be where he will be again this weekend.

The gap between Liverpool and Newcastle is enormous nowadays

It highlights the difference between the two clubs, with Jurgen Klopp having an embarrassment of riches all around the pitch, meaning they can cope with the odd knock to players.

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Bruce has an injury crisis of his own, and as soon as Newcastle are without a couple of key players, the squad becomes threadbare, and we have to try playing other players out of position to cover.

 

It is why Rafa Benitez used to beg for squad depth in all areas, but the club’s reluctance to listen to him is one of the reasons why he is no longer here.

Liverpool will still be without goalkeeper Allison on Saturday, but with all of their other star names available, it will still be a monumental effort for Newcastle to come away with even a point.

But as ever, we will expect the worst, and hope for the best.

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