Head to Head records: Home v Liverpool
A match-up between these two sides is often one that is snapped up to be shown live on TV when the fixtures get released. This fixture really does have some entertaining history, most notably Liverpool's 4-3 win at Anfield in April 1996 which saw Kevin Keegan despairing over an advertising board after Stan Collymore's last minute winner.
This fixture does nearly guarantee goals. There hasn't been a goalless draw between the two sides since February 1974. Recently we have been up against opponents who, no disrespect to them, only have recent history to boast about but Newcastle and Liverpool are teams that go a long way back so it'll be interesting when the two teams meet on Sunday for the 172nd time.
Facts and Figures
Liverpool wins: 81
Newcastle wins: 49
Liverpool wins: 24
Newcastle wins: 11
Premier League at St. James' Park
Newcastle wins: 10
Liverpool wins: 7
Previous ten (all competitions)
Liverpool wins: 4 (18 goals)
Newcastle wins: 3 (12 goals)
Biggest wins (in this fixture)
Newcastle United 9 - 2 Liverpool (01/01/1934)
This fixture has seen its fair share of entertainment and it was no exception when we delve into the archives to find that our biggest win over the Reds came all the way back on New Year's Day 1934.
This 11-goal encounter is also the joint highest scoring game between the two teams. Matching it was a 6-5 thriller in favour of Liverpool at Anfield dating back even further in December 1909.
Biggest defeat (in this fixture)
Newcastle United 0 - 6 Liverpool (27/04/2013)
Notably, this fixture seven years ago was Alan Pardew's first game as manager for the club soon after the surprising and controversial sacking of Chris Hughton at the start of the week. Despite the trouble off the field, the Toon ran out 3-1 winners against the Reds. Goals from Kevin and second half strikes from Joey Barton and Andy Carroll secured the win.
So far this season, an obvious weakness in the Liverpool squad is defending from set pieces. In the past year, in the Premier League, they have conceded more goals than any other side from corners. This statistic will surely light up the eyes of Jamaal Lascelles who, of course, scored the winning goals against Swansea and Stoke from corner situations. Another reason to get excited is the fact that we scored more goals from set piece situations than any other side in the top four tiers last season. With this strength of ours going up against a key weakness of Liverpool's, I would be disappointed if we failed to convert any good dead ball scenarios.