Liverpool have simply thrown away a golden opportunity to end their 24-year wait to claim the Premier League after dramatic collapses against Chelsea and Crystal Palace in recent weeks.
While mathematically, the Reds still do stand a chance of winning the title, it seems very unlikely that Manchester City will slip to a defeat against West Ham United.
That being said, Liverpool would want nothing less than all three points if indeed City do endure a an improbable defeat.
Despite their recent disappointment though, one should not forget that Liverpool have enjoyed a magnificent season and it would only be fitting if they sign off for the season by presenting their proud Anfield faithful a victory over a struggling Newcastle United in their final game of the campaign.
Probable Liverpool lineup on Sunday –
Simon Mignolet has been one of the many bright spots for Liverpool this season but he would certainly not have been happy to concede three against Crystal Palace last time out.
While the Belgian international may not get to end the season with a title win, he would surely want to mark the end of what has been a fine debut season at Anfield with a clean sheet.
Many have felt that it is due to Liverpool’s weak backline that the Reds have squandered a chance to claim the league. Admittedly the Liverpool defence has not been at their best but the criticism is also a bit harsh considering the fact that the Reds’ open style of football leaves them susceptible at the back.
However, the collapse against Palace in midweek was simply unacceptable and Rodgers could make some changes at the back. Jon Flanagan and Glen Johnson will probably keep their place in the starting lineup but Mamadou Sakho could make way for Daniel Agger in central defence alongside Martin Skrtel.
Jordan Henderson will be back in contention after serving a three match suspension and Liverpool’s recent demise in his absence, has proven how important the young man has been for the Reds this season.
Henderson will most likely slot straight into the starting lineup in place of Joe Allen while Philippe Coutinho could also return at the expense of Lucas.
The return of Henderson means that Steven Gerrard is likely to play deeper and while Raheem Sterling will be starting on the wings.
The duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have undoubtedly been the best striking pair this season and will surely be looking to end the campaign terrorizing the opposition for the final time before the two set to cross paths at the World Cup when England face Uruguay.
Suarez in particular will be desperate for a goal in order to set the record for the highest goals scored in a 38 game Premier League season and up against a leaky Newcastle United defence, there is every possibility that the Uruguayan superstar will go on to cap off a fine season with another honor to his name.
Mignolet; Flanagan, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson; Sturridge, Henderson, Gerrard, Coutinho, Sterling; Suarez