BRENDAN RODGERS is counting the cost of injuries before tonight's Merseyside derby but admits that Everton boss Roberto Martinez will also be dealing from a reduced deck.
Liverpool will be without defenders Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho, Glen Johnson, Jose Enrique and midfielder Lucas Leiva while Roberto Martinez is definitely missing Seamus Coleman and sweating on Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka.
"It is a very important game as a victory puts us four points clear of Everton," said Rodgers (above). "Our home form over the season has been brilliant.
"When we have everyone available we are a very strong outfit. It is unfortunate both teams are coming into the game with not the strongest squads because both have picked up injuries."
Newcastle have decided to cash in on Yohan Cabaye and have reached aggreement with Paris St Germain for the transfer of the 28-year-old France international.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who had valued the midfielder at around £20million, decided to do business, with Cabaye desperate to play on Europe's biggest stage again after sampling Champions League football with Lille.
The Frenchman, who was preparing for the Magpies' Premier League trip to Norwich tonight, will now travel to France to undergo a medical.
However, Newcastle are closing in on Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong after he headed for Tyneside for a medical.