There is no better time to get the English Premier League (EPL) weekend underway, than the Liverpool against Newcastle. What a cracker.
The match promises to be thrilling and entertaining as both team have played each other 5763 times in the top-flight, along with the usual stirring montages of 4-4 draws in the mid-90s.
The sad reality for Toon fans is this isn’t the heavyweight clash it once was.
You only have to look at the 22/1 on offer for an away win to realise that the bookies don’t see this as a contest.
Liverpool are playing at Anfield, which means you back them to win – and win handsomely.
That’s no disrespect to Steve Bruce’s men, who orchestrated a terrific rearguard action against Spurs to silence the many critics.
But after that bonus three points on the road, they head to Merseyside to face a side who possess all the movement, creativity and ruthlessness of Spurs – yet are far more consistent with it.
Jurgen Klopp’s side haven’t lost here in all competitions since May 2017.
They won’t keep that record going forever, someone is eventually going to turn them over. But not this weekend.
We can only see goals – and plenty of them past Martin Dubravka.
The Reds put four past Newcastle without reply last season and have netted seven in their two games at Anfield so far this season.
This just isn’t a happy hunting ground for the Toon and Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are all set to run riot once again.
The Senegalese has started the new term in frightening form and you’d be daft not to back him to net his third of the campaign here.