Klopp makes 3 changes as 30-year-old returns and Diaz decision made: Liverpool predicted XI v Newcastle
Liverpool will hope to return to the top of the Premier League table in Saturday’s early kickoff.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will head to Newcastle in a battle of two of the league’s most in-form sides.
Liverpool have won their last four games in all competitions as they continue towards an unprecedented quadruple.
However, the invigorated Magpies are a team reborn and will fancy their chances of an upset at St James’ Park.
Newcastle have also won their last four in a row and, from battling relegation, are now pursuing a top-half finish.
With so much at stake against a tough opponent, Klopp is likely to name a strong line-up on Tyneside.
Roberto Firmino is the only definite absence for Liverpool as he continues to recover from injury.
Meanwhile, left-back Kostas Tsimikas and midfielder Curtis Jones are potential doubts due to illness.
With that in mind, who could Klopp pick in his Liverpool starting XI?
We reckon the Reds boss will make three changes from the starting line-up that beat Villarreal in midweek.
One change could come at the back, with Ibrahima Konate making way for Joel Matip.
The 30-year-old has been in the form of his life this season and remains just above his younger colleague in the pecking order.
With Klopp needing to make the most of his strength in depth, Konate is likely to start in the Champions League second-leg.
Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson should keep their spots in the Reds back line.
We also predict one change in midfield and one in attack.
Although Thiago Alcantara has been brilliant, he also needs to be wrapped in cotton wool.
Therefore, we reckon Naby Keita will come into the midfield, with Jordan Henderson and Fabinho either side of him.
And in attack, Luis Diaz could also earn a rest ahead of the Villarreal return leg, with Diogo Jota taking his place.
Liverpool predicted starting XI v Newcastle (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Jota, Mane
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