Suarez has been a goalscorer extraordinaire this season and the Uruguayan’s absence leaves a big void in attack, with the forward’s final act being to score an equaliser against Chelsea last weekend before the book was thrown at the Reds striker.
Whether or not Liverpool want to play in the Europa League next season is open to question considering it acted as a competition for fringe players earlier this term, although Brendan Rodgers will look to build in a winning mentality ahead of a fresh campaign where the northern Irishman will continue to mould his Liverpool squad.
Bet365 offer a best price 7/5 about the Reds winning at St James’ Park, although the stats suggest those odds are too skinny, with the Merseyside team having won just five of their seventeen away games in the Premier League.
Considering Suarez played a central role in those victories, you have to consider Newcastle at bigger odds of 2/1 to triumph in this ESPN-televised encounter, with the Magpies looking for one more win which will probably make them safe for another season.
Alan Pardew’s team were also participating in the Europa League earlier this term and actually fared better than their opponents by making it all the way to the quarter finals, although the Tyneside club have suffered domestically as a result and that is partly why they are stationed 16th in the top flight.
Newcastle have won just one of their past seven matches and return to St James’ Park for the first time since that Tyne-Wear derby humiliation at the hands of Sunderland which saw the visitors win 3-0 and left the home supporters angry.
However, Pardew’s men acquitted themselves well at The Hawthorns last weekend to draw 1-1 and Papiss Cisse has been among the goals recently, with the Senegal forward available at 7/1 with William Hill to score the first of this encounter.
The absence of Suarez means there is a chance for Daniel Sturridge to prove his worth to Brendan Rodgers and the striker scored against former club Chelsea last weekend which suggests he is going to end the season with a flourish.
Paddy Power go 11/2 about Sturridge breaking the deadlock in the north-east and we might see a few goals scored as both teams set about landing a maximum haul as the season draws to a close. We’re predicting a 2-2 scoreline which is available at 14/1.