Rafa Benitez assesses Jonjo Shelvey's hopes of an early return for Newcastle

Firmino wheels away in celebration. Image PA

Firmino wheels away in celebration. Image PA

Shelvey - who despite requiring pain-killing injections in an unrelated groin problem has impressed in recent weeks - will miss Saturday's game at his old club Liverpool as well as next Saturday's home fixture against fellow strugglers Southampton.

Newcastle United: Not yet announced.

Benitez will be without playmaking midfielder and former Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey, while ex-Newcastle man Georginio Wijnaldum should be available for the Reds.

Rafa Benitez has warned Jurgen Klopp that his Liverpool side must win a major trophy if they are to be remembered - just like his Champions League winners of 2005. They are also strong physically and they work very hard.

The Merseyside outfit will welcome former Reds boss Rafael Benitez to Anfield in the Premier League looking to secure a second spot.

With Manchester City running out clear winners, 2nd position is the maximum any other Premier League club can aspire to get, and Liverpool have a good shot at it.

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That night, Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal suggested that Liverpool were like a Formula One vehicle stuck in a rush-hour traffic jam, referring to the way his players had worked to stop Salah, Firmino and Sane.

Paul Ince is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a 3-1 win against Newcastle United at Anfield on Saturday evening.

Despite having only netted five times this term - Chelsea and Manchester United are among his victims - Gayle is Newcastle's highest scorer and admits he has been forced to change his game to adapt to the demands of the top flight.

Mo Salah has scored in six successive games for Liverpool in all competitions.

But striker Islam Slimani is still unavailable due to a thigh injury. He wants to train and play but we have to check.

Both Rafa Benitez and his team have had decent results whenever they have visited Anfield in the last couple of games.

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