Newcastle United v Liverpool

Newcastle United will look to continue their positive start to the season when they host unpredictable Liverpool in Sunday's Premier League clash at St. James' Park.

The explosive Sadio Mane could return to the starting line-up for the Reds and will no doubt be eager to impress. The forward has three goals in four Premier League games and is increasingly a pivotal cog within coach Jurgen Klopp's attack. His pace and directness may give the Toon some problems.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is set to make his own return for the home side and could be a factor should he feature, though Joselu will also be competing for a starting berth for Rafael Benitez's charges. The Serbia international scored nine goals in 34 appearances in England's top flight in 2015/16, and he will no doubt want more in this campaign.

Newcastle coach Benitez is optimistic his side can focus on their own strengths and try to produce a positive result against a talented Liverpool outfit. He told reporters at a press conference on Friday, "People may say Liverpool are weak in defence, but they are so strong in attack. We have to be strong and solid against them to win."

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he will not focus on his side's struggle to convert quality chances. Instead, the German is looking for improvement on Sunday.

He said, "I can't make us more clinical. It makes no sense to criticise finishing, it's about creating. I can't shoot from the bench. I have no problem with criticism, I only have a problem if people think we can't solve problems. We know where we have to do better."

In team news, Aleksandar Mitrovic is available for United after a ban but he may not displace Joselu up front. Florian Lejeune is in doubt with an ankle concern, while Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain out with injury.

For the Reds, Sadio Mane returns from a three-match ban, while Joe Gomez may start after recent suspension. Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana remain out with injuries. 

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