On New Year’s Day 2024, Liverpool will host Newcastle United at Anfield.
The Reds are set to enter January as league leaders after a 2-0 Boxing Day victory over Burnley, while the Magpies were humbled 3-1 at home by Nottingham Forest last time out.
Both Cody Gakpo and Harvey Elliott had strikes ruled out at Turf Moor but with Arsenal suffering a shock home loss to West Ham United a few days later, Liverpool currently sit top.
Arsenal’s latest defeat also means the Reds will still be at the top of the league table regardless of Monday’s result against Newcastle.
After winning each of their first 11 home games of the season, two draws in their past three Anfield encounters may have dampened their spirits, but they have not lost on New Year’s Day since 2005, winning four and drawing one of their next five games.
Newcastle fans will be hoping that the new year will breathe fresh life into their under-staffed and under-performing team, which was condemned to their sixth loss in seven games against Nuno Espirito Santo’s Nottingham Forest thanks to an ex-marksman.
Before Howe’s men can dream of putting their rivals to the sword, they must first end an abysmal four-game losing streak on the road at Anfield, where they lost 2-1 last season thanks to a late Fabio Carvalho strike before losing by the same scoreline at St James’ Park in August thanks to a Nunez-inspired fightback.