Despite an emphatic and potentially decisive 2-1 win over Tottenham at Anfield, Liverpool have just had to slip against a West Brom team now under the direction of Sam Allardyce.
The Reds were a bit too relaxed in their approach against Big Sam’s Baggies and were punished for not putting the game out of doubt as Semi Ajayi’s late header nullified Sadio Mane’s first half goal.
Liverpool will be avenged against a fragile Newcastle side that appear to be lacking in confidence, and a declaration win could set the tone for another loaded trophy in 2021. Here, 90 mins looks at what line-up Jurgen Klopp might choose, with team rotation and keeping players fresh at the forefront.
Alisson (GK) – The Brazilian’s role in the camp has become even more important in the absence of experienced colleagues at the back. An imposing presence that must be expressed in his leadership.
Neco Williams (RB) – With Trent Alexander-Arnold back to form, Welsh youngster Neco Williams could be offered another opportunity after impressing earlier in the season.
Rhys Williams (CB) – With Joel Matip likely injured, Rhys Williams is expected to get a nod from Nathaniel Phillips again.
Fabinho (CB) – Fabinho’s transition to a deeper role has gone smoothly and should earn him hero status at Liverpool. They would be well and truly lost without his service.
Andrew Robertson (LB) – While James Milner is barely returning to training, he’s unlikely to be involved from the start, so Robertson will be needed again.
Jordan Henderson (CM) – Rotation is the key, but you don’t let your captain down. Henderson’s leadership is simply irreplaceable at Liverpool right now, especially with so many youngsters needing to be thrown to the deep end.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – His future may remain unresolved, but with Thiago recovering from his injury, Wijnaldum has to start.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (CM) – The 27-year-old looked sharp from the bench against West Brom and Curtis Jones could benefit from a comeback to the bench.
Mohamed Salah (RW) – Salah currently leads the Premier League scorecard with his 13 strikes before 2021, and a trip to St James’ Park is a huge opportunity to earn more.
Roberto Firmino (CF) – It was an unforgettable night for Firmino against West Brom, but he can still get the nod to away day specialist Takumi Minamino.
Sadio Mane (LW) – Mane’s strike against the Baggies was his 69th in the Premier League for Liverpool, putting him on par with Luis Suarez. It might not take him long to overtake the Uruguayan.