Liverpool will aim to continue with the unbeaten run in their home turf when they welcome Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United on Saturday. The Merseyside giants were rampant against West Ham United in their most recent outing where they registered a comfortable 4-1 triumph and they will now be aiming for a victory against the Magpies with whom they drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture. Benitez has never succumbed to a Premier League defeat whilst managing against the Reds but there is a good chance of the record being broken this weekend.
Loris Karius has become the Reds’ first-choice shot-stopper since the turn of the year and Klopp has recently confirmed that he does not plan to make a change. The German should feature between the sticks on Saturday ahead of Simon Mignolet.
In the backline, the Reds should remain unchanged from the previous week and this should witness Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson take up the right and left-back positions respectively whilst Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip form the heart of the defence.
Onto the midfield, Georginio Wijnaldum has recently recovered from an illness which kept him out of the Hammers game and the Dutchman should most likely replace James Milner in the centre of the park. Aside from him, Klopp may not entertain anymore changes with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emre Can likely to take up the remaining midfield positions.
Further forward, the Reds have been fortunate to have three of the most of the Premier League’s most in-form attackers in Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and Klopp should start with the trident, who have already amassed over 70 goals between them this season.
Salah should slot into his regular role on the right side of the attack with Mane on the left, leaving Firmino to lead the line. The Brazil international has pretty much had little competition behind him for the striker’s position with Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings only playing cameo roles from the bench.
Predicted Lineup (4-3-3): Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino