Jurgen Klopp has said that he ‘expects’ Callum Wilson to play during Liverpool’s clash with Newcastle United on Wednesday evening.
The 28-year-old striker was rested during the Magpies’ 2-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Boxing Day.
Manager Steve Bruce left Wilson on the bench as a result of a ‘nasty’ ankle knock, but the summer signing from AFC Bournemouth could return against the Premier League champions.
“Callum Wilson took a knock,” said Bruce. “That would have been his fifth game in something like 12 days, so I didn’t want to risk him on that. He’s got a nasty knock to his ankle.
“Look, he could have played. I’m sure he wanted to play, but we’ve got to try and look after him as best we can. I didn’t think tonight was right for him.”
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Wilson has scored eight league goals, four of them from the spot, since joining St James’ Park for a £20 million [BBC] fee last summer.
He is comfortably Newcastle’s top-scorer with three assists to his name also, and Liverpool manager Klopp has said that he expects Wilson to be among the Newcastle starting XI when the Reds arrive on Tyneside tomorrow evening.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Klopp said: “We expect him to play then. He is a good striker but, actually, they have a couple of really good players.
“That’s it. We have to be ready for that. Sorry, we can do the press conference here but I can’t now go in the detail for the Newcastle game.
“It will be another tough challenge like all Newcastle games always have been. We have three days, let’s make sure we are ready.”
What RTK has to say
While Wilson’s imminent return to the fold at Newcastle is a major boost for tomorrow’s opposition, Liverpool will not be fearful of anyone.
The Reds will be hurting after surrendering points at Anfield in the league for only the second occasion this year. You don’t want to come against a Klopp team looking to prove a point.
Liverpool’s best performances this season have come off the back of disappointing results – just look at Everton (A), Leicester City (H) and Tottenham Hotspur (H).