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Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam will miss out as he must wait a fortnight for further assessment of a knee problem.

Manager Kenny Dalglish is hopeful some of his other players will be fit to return, however, with defenders Glen Johnson (calf), Martin Kelly (ankle) and Daniel Agger (rib) all missing for last weekend’s defeat to Wigan.

Midfielder Maxi Rodriguez has recovered from the illness which kept him out of the last game but forward Craig Bellamy (calf) has missed four successive matches and is likely to remain sidelined.

Newcastle will be boosted by the returns of Cheick Tiote and Ryan Taylor.

Midfielder Tiote has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem, while utility man Taylor has been sidelined by a calf strain.

However, central defender and captain Fabricio Coloccini is out with a torn hamstring, joining long-term absentees Peter Lovenkrands (thigh), Leon Best, Sammy Ameobi (both knee), Steven Taylor (Achilles) and Sylvain Marveaux (groin) on the casualty list.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, Santon, R. Taylor, Ferguson, Perch, Williamson, Tiote, Cabaye, Obertan, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Abeid, Gosling, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique, Spearing, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing, Carroll, Suarez, Doni, Flanagan, Aurelio, Coates, Shelvey, Rodriguez, Kuyt.

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