Blow for NUFC as Liverpool star look set to return just in time for Sunday’s game at St James’

An unwelcome boost has been handed to our opponents ahead of this weekend’s game, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool set to have Sadio Mane back from a 3-match ban, whilst Brazilian star Phillipe Coutinho looks set to start after missing their opening 4 games of the season.

The return of Mane is an untimely one for us. The Senegalese winger was voted the Premier League’s player of the month for August, scoring 3 times in Liverpool’s first four matches.

He saw red for a dangerous challenge in an away defeat to Manchester City earlier this month, but having served his punishment, he’s set to return to Premier League action at St James’ this Sunday .

Unfortunately, he will also be joined by the dangerous Phillipe Countinho, who has only recently rejoined first team action after an unsettling summer saw him linked with a move to Barcelona.

The Reds have had a busy week, winning 3-2 in a frenetic encounter away to Leicester last weekend, followed by a 1-1 draw in Moscow on Champions league duty this Tuesday. Their long haul trip to Russia this week may work in our favour, however Mane’s return will give them a real boost.

Mane and Coutinho are top class players capable of single handedly winning games and will join Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in what looks like a pretty lethal quartet of attackers for Liverpool.

Here’s hoping for a resolute display on Sunday – it’ll need to be with those four set to start!

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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