Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing draw against West Brom at Anfield last time out by picking up three points when they travel to St James Park to face Newcastle on Wednesday evening.
The Reds were nowhere near their best against the Baggies, and with rivals Manchester United now just two points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side, three points are a must against the Toon.
Joel Matip’s injury on Sunday means he is certain to miss out, whilst it looks as if the game will come too soon for both Naby Keita and Thiago. It has also been suggested that Andrew Robertson could be rested in the near future, with James Milner perhaps likely to come in as his replacement.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Klopp to line his side up against Newcastle, with three changes from the team that started against West Brom…
There are two changes in the Liverpool defence with Rhys Williams coming in for Matip, as he did when the Cameroonian was injured against West Brom.
Meanwhile, Milner gets the start at left-back in place of Robertson, with the Scottish international rested ahead of the Reds’ tough away game against Southampton next week.
The former Hull City man was heavily praised by former Reds man Fabio Aurelio recently, with the Brazilian stating:
“He’s kind of the complete player because physically he’s well capable of going forward and going back he defends very well.”
Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum keep their place in midfield, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replacing Curtis Jones, with the former Arsenal man having looked dangerous in his brief cameo on Sunday, so he may earn his first start of the season.
Considering the gravity of the game, Klopp should select his strongest attack in Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the hope that they can do the damage against Steve Bruce’s side but it would not be a surprise to see the likes of Takumi Minamino or Xherdan Shaqiri appear from the bench if the Reds are comfortable at St James’ Park.
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