Article by Adam Brown @AdamMNVi
The best thing about this game is that Lionel Messi isn’t playing.
There are no doubts about whether or not Liverpool can react strongly to Wednesday’s result. No away goal isn’t ideal, but we’ll see what happens. Anything is possible at Anfield.
As Klopp rightly says, the focus is always on the next opponent. While Rafa Benitez has claimed that Newcastle will be trying their best to end Liverpool’s title challenge, we all know that he would love to see a Premier League trophy going to Anfield.
That said, he’s not going to field Ant and Dec upfront. It’s up to us to take over the game early as we did and put the game beyond doubt as we saw against Huddersfield.
A win for the Reds puts us back on top of the league.
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Here’s how I think we should line up against Newcastle :
The loss of Naby Keita is a blow to the side, but the depth in our squad is more than good enough to get the win.
Against a deep Newcastle side, Trent will be needed to deliver the surface into the box. That should be our only change at right-back.
Wijnaldum needs to come back into midfield where he’s been consistent all season. You can see the logic from Klopp playing him as a false 9 in a diamond, but it’s a role which takes some time to learn before going into a Champions League semi-final.
Ox will likely feature at some point during this game, starting may be a stretch after so long out. Given recent performances, we should return to our 4-3-3 set up with Henderson more advanced. It’s reassuring to see our options available despite losing a key player of late in Naby Keita.
If Firmino is fit, he should come back into the starting lineup. Klopp may be saving him for Barcelona, but we can start him and withdraw later on.
We just have to keep winning games. A win here could worry a City side who must face an inform Leicester.
Newcastle aren’t going to make it easy for us, but with nothing to play for, they have less reason to match our intensity.
Score Prediction: Newcastle 0 – 2 Liverpool
Article by Adam Brown – @AdamMNVi
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