How Newcastle must line up when they face Liverpool on Saturday
Newcastle United will hope to boost their Premier League survival chances when they face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.
The Magpies looked to be moving four points clear of the relegation zone when they were leading Bournemouth 2-0 with 10 minutes left on the clock at the Vitality Stadium last weekend, but they conceded twice to draw 2-2 which has left them two points above 18th-placed Swansea City.
Rafa Benitez’s men could find themselves in the bottom three by the time they kick off on Saturday evening, and they face a difficult task to get anything against the Merseyside outfit with Jurgen Klopp’s men in imperious attacking form.
The electric front three of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all got on the scoresheet as they beat West Ham United 4-1 last weekend, taking their combined tally for the season to 63 in all competitions.
Benitez will know that his tactics need to be spot on and his players will need to be at their best if they are to take anything back to Tyneside, but they will certainly take some solace from the fact that Liverpool still often look suspect from a defensive point of view.
The 57-year-old stuck with the same XI that beat Manchester United 1-0 for the visit to the south coast last weekend, but given the tough task they look to have he may well be considering making some alterations against the Reds.
Here is how Newcastle must line up against Liverpool on Saturday, ahead of Martin Dubravka in goal…