Liverpool vs Newcastle confirmed teamsheets: Jordon Ibe makes first start since February

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Liverpool go into today’s game with Newcastle knowing that a victory will move them above Southampton and to within four points of the top four, after Manchester City were thrashed by Manchester United in yesterday’s derby.

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However, Brendan Rodgers is without several key players for the game at Anfield. Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard are still serving suspensions, whilst Mamadou Sakho looks set to miss a month of action with a hamstring problem, Adam Lallana is struggling with a groin injury, and striker Mario Balotelli is ill.

On the plus side for the Reds, defender Emre Can comes back into the team after serving an one-match ban following his two yellows in the Arsenal defeat, and winger Jordon Ibe – who has been missing since February – is also now available.

Newcastle still have injury worries of their own, with Siem de Jong and reported Liverpool target Rolando Aarons missing for John Carver.

Here are the full teamsheets:

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