Liverpool have a few injuries with former Sunderland player Jordan Henderson and Emre Can both ruled out for at least a month and striker Divock Origi joining them on the sidelines after picking up an ankle injury last night in their convincing 4-0 win over Everton at Anfield.
Daniel Sturridge is now Liverpool’s only fit striker with Christian Benteke still recovering from a hamstring problem and Danny Ings out for the season after having an operation on his knee.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is willing to use his squad extensively in the run-in to the season and it’s likely there will be a number of changes for the game against us on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp – expected to make several changes for game against Newcastle
Liverpool play at Villareal on Thursday night in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie so with the side being 6 points behind 4th placed Arsenal it will be tough for them to finish in the top four.
This is what Jurgen Klopp has said about his squad:
“They are only good players. There is not a player in the squad where I think ‘Oh, why is he here?'” “In each game recently: Stoke – different formation, Bournemouth, Dortmund, Everton – different formations but we also showed our different styles.”
“We are not only a pressing and counter-pressing team, we are a possession team and it is challenge to bring it together.” “We will work on it and we won’t be finished on it but we need players.”
“They have to do the work and hopefully we will have enough for the last few games.” “How can you get consistency? We had still played the most games in Europe with a lot of injuries. You need to have a little bit of luck with injuries.”
“Consistency is about having players ready for the next game.” “Consistency comes with working together. We can’t do a lot of things like you usually do in three weeks, we need six-and-a-half months.”
“We are here with 54 points, which is not too bad. There are 15 points to get or not, but all the games are difficult with the challenge of the Europa League.” “We have to win as often as possible and look at what others have done.”
Newcastle have never won at Anfield since back in 1994 and Liverpool are playing well having won the last four games in all competitions and they have lost just one game since February 2nd – so this will still be a very tough game for the Magpies.
If Newcastle are to get anything at all out of this game we have to play with the drive and determination the players showed against Manchester City on Tuesday night in getting the 1-1 draw.
This may even be a good time to play Liverpool.
Howay The Lads!!