James Milner starts for Liverpool against his former club. He will be in central midfield alongside Henderson and Keita. It’s a new trio for me, so it’ll be interesting to see how they combine in there. There is also a start for Joe Gomez at right-back.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Burn, Targett, Guimaraes, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Willock, Almiron, Joelinton
Subs: Darlow, Dummett, Lascelles, Ritchie, Manquillo, Wood, Murphy, Gayle, Longstaff
Liverpool: Alisson, Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Keita, Henderson, Milner, Jota, Mane, Diaz
Subs: Kelleher, Fabinho, Konate, Thiago, Salah, Jones, Tsimikas, Alexander-Arnold, Elliott
Klopp is here to stay (for a further two years).
Liverpool cannot slip up in the run-in and a trip to in-form Newcastle is a far trickier prospect than they might have expected earlier in the season. The Reds are buoyed by Jurgen Klopp’s new contract announcement and having one foot in the Champions League final after beating Villarreal in the first leg of their semi-final.
The further good news for Liverpool is that Newcastle last beat them in December 2015 when a Martin Skrtel own goal and Georgino Wijnaldum dink earned the hosts a win at St James’ Park during Steve McClaren’s tenure. Newcastle have won their past four games and could win five Premier League matches in a row for the first time since 2014. To make things a touch more daunting for Liverpool, Newcastle have won their past six home games.
Liverpool, however, have a decent record of their own, having dropped two points in the past 13 matches. Manchester City face Leeds in the late kick-off so a victory in Newcastle will send Liverpool top and put the pressure back on Pep Guardiola et al.
Here’s to a cracker!
Kick-off: 12.30pm BST