Liverpool: Klopp gives verdict on West Brom draw
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has some players returning to full fitness while others have picked up recent injuries heading into their final game of 2020 against Newcastle. Express Sport takes a look at what line-up Klopp is likely to go with at St James’ Park.
The Brazilian has had his injury issues this season already, but he remains Liverpool’s go-to option between the sticks.
When fully fit, Alisson is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he’s already pulled off some match-winning saves this season.
Jurgen Klopp may be tempted to give Caoimhin Kelleher some minutes again this season, but now isn’t the time to rotate a key player in Liverpool’s starting line-up.
The Reds will be keen to bounce back from a disappointing 1-1 draw against West Brom and having Alisson in goal provides that extra bit of confidence in their defence.
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Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, R Williams, Robertson
Just as Liverpool’s injury list was beginning to lighten over the festive period, Joel Matip picked up another knock against West Brom.
The Cameroonian is set to undergo a scan to determine the severity of the groin issue, but he isn’t expected to face Newcastle.
Rhys Williams looks the likeliest to step in, although Nat Phillips could also be called upon.
Klopp will be hoping Matip’s injury isn’t too serious though with big games against Manchester United and Tottenham coming up next month.
Midfielders: Wijnaldum, Henderson, Jones
Thiago Alcantara looks close to making his return from injury having returned to training at the end of last week, but this game could come too soon.
There was also another cameo appearance off the bench from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as he works back up to full fitness.
Curtis Jones would be the likelist to drop out, but the 19-year-old has been impressive since becoming a regular starter this season.
Klopp may well keep faith with the teenager before making changes in the midfield area.
Forwards: Salah, Firmino, Mane
Jurgen Klopp surprised many by resting Mohamed Salah against Crystal Palace earlier this month and it proved a good call as Liverpool raced to a 7-0 victory.
The Egyptian duly returned to the starting line-up against West Brom, but Liverpool’s forwards struggled against a rigid Sam Allardyce defence.
After dropping points against West Brom, Liverpool need a win to keep their rivals at bay and changing their front line with Diogo Jota still injured may prove too risky.
Both Salah and Mane also have good records against Newcastle with both players scoring four goals apiece.
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