Milner and £49.5m-rated maestro axed, Klopp makes big calls: LFC predicted XI vs NUFC – opinion

Liverpool host Newcastle United at Anfield tonight aiming to move back into the top-four.

As it stands, the Reds are two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and with Thomas Tuchel’s men vying with West Ham United this weekend, there is a real opportunity for the Merseysiders to make up ground.

So, how many changes could Jurgen Klopp be tempted to make to the side that drew 1-1 with Leeds United last time out?

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We are expecting just two alterations for the visit of the Magpies.

The defence should remain unchanged from the visit to Elland Road. Alisson will of course be between the sticks, whilst full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson will be deployed in their usual positions.

Ozan Kabak will line up too but he will once again be alongside Fabinho who will deputise in the backline once more in the continued absence of Nathaniel Phillips.

Meanwhile, there should be one slight change in midfield. Having only played on Monday evening, whilst also starting against Aston Villa and Real Madrid, it could be time for James Milner to receive a rest. After all, the veteran midfielder has not started four consecutive league games this season.

He could potentially be replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who appeared as a substitute last time out and will be a more logical option than the only-just fit again Curtis Jones.

He should form a midfield trio with the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Thiago Alcantara.

Finally, there should also be one switch from Klopp in attack. Roberto Firmino has not scored in the league since late January so should start on the bench. The £49.5m-rated Brazilian should be replaced by Diogo Jota who despite missing training on Thursday is fit to play.

He will be flanked by Sadio Mane – who scored for the first time in the Premier League in nearly three months against Leeds – and Mo Salah.


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