Here’s our predicted Liverpool lineup as they prepare to take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park this Saturday. It’s yet another huge game for the Reds.
Liverpool put one foot into the Champions League final this week and attention now returns to the Premier League. The Reds must keep as much pressure on Manchester City as possible – and that means winning Saturday’s early kick-off.
But the win over Villarreal can play a part here. Liverpool won comfortably at Anfield and take a 2-0 lead to El Madrigal on Tuesday. It means Klopp can afford to prioritise the Newcastle fixture with a view to rotating in Spain. A rotated squad, after all, should be able to avoid losing by two goals.
So with that in mind, here’s our predicted Liverpool lineup to face Newcastle United.
Predicted Liverpool lineup vs Newcastle United
As always, three out of the five are obvious. Alisson will be in goal, Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back and Virgil van Dijk at centre-back.
We expect Joel Matip to return for this one, too. Ibrahima Konate was excellent against Villarreal but this rotation seems obvious. We also expect Andy Robertson to start again with a view to putting Kostas Tsimikas at left-back on Tuesday.
The complicated one. Our guess is that Jordan Henderson retains his place after not starting against Everton a week ago. It’s a risk, playing him in intense back-to-back games but we don’t expect Liverpool to start him in Spain.
Instead, we think Thiago might get the week off. He’s exactly the right player to control the game against Villarreal and saving him for that makes complete sense. The ‘amazing’ Naby Keita, who Klopp continues to talk up, can get some much-needed rhythm by starting in his place.
We think Fabinho will play the holding midfield role still, potentially sitting out in Spain, too.
Mohamed Salah starts every game, so he’s a lock here. Sadio Mané going off early against Villarreal – despite not wanting to – practically guarantees a start for Liverpool, too.
We then think Diogo Jota will come into the side as as the centre-forward. That feels like the obvious rotation to us, giving Luis Diaz a rest before starting him on Tuesday.