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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp demanded of all of his squad are prepared for a gruelling festive period ahead of the Reds' home clash with Newcastle United.

Liverpool sit second in the Premier League, four points behind leaders Manchester City, though the Reds have played a game fewer.

Klopp's side, however, are heading into a decisive December period in which they face five games in 13 days and the German boss knows he will need to utilise his entire squad for the busy schedule.

"Everybody is involved and everybody must be ready," Klopp said. I have now no special things to offer. We play five games in 13 days, so there's no 'have a look' or whatever.

"We have to play, in an ideal world, the best football possible then recover pretty quickly and then get focused again and go again. That's what we have to do - the whole squad.

"But that's not new. I'm not here since a few days, I'm here for a few years now and that's how it is. This time is very demanding for everybody but that's how it is."

Newcastle picked up their first win of the season over Burnley but followed that up with a 4-0 defeat at Leicester City, and new manager Eddie Howe knows his side are going to need a different performance at Anfield.

"It's a big challenge for us but one that we're going to look forward to," said Howe.

"I would describe it as a great opportunity to face the best teams in the land, to see where we are, to see how much we can impose ourselves on them, and I think that's how we have to look at it. These are fantastic occasions.

"Anfield on a night game will be a great atmosphere, a brilliant occasion, but we have to bring our A-game."

Liverpool - Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah has scored in all four of his Premier League home games for Liverpool against Newcastle, netting exactly once each time. Against no side does he have a better 100% scoring record at Anfield in the competition.

Newcastle United - Allan Saint-Maximin

Leicester did well to mute the attempts of Saint-Maximin in the last game, though he did still manage a team-high three shots. Newcastle will need the France international on form at Anfield.

- Since winning their first ever Premier League visit to Liverpool in April 1994, Newcastle are winless in their last 25 visits to Anfield (D5 L20). Only against Manchester United have they ever had a longer winless away run in their league history (29 between 1973 and 2012).

- Liverpool have won just one of their six Premier League home games played on Thursdays (2-0 vs Sheffield United in January 2020), losing both such games last season against Burnley and Chelsea.

- Newcastle have won just two of their last 14 midweek (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) Premier League games (D4 L8), winning 4-1 at Bournemouth in July 2020 and 1-0 against Sheffield United in May last season.

- Liverpool have won 1,999 of their 4,226 top-flight matches (D1047 L1180), and would be the first ever side to win 2,000 English top-flight games with victory here.

- Mohamed Salah has either scored or assisted a goal in each of his last 14 Premier League appearances, just one short of Jamie Vardy's record of 15 set between August and December 2015.

Updated December 15, 2021

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