Liverpool: Klopp doesn't want owner apology for ESL
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is expected to go all-out attack when Newcastle visit Anfield this afternoon. The Magpies are still battling to beat the drop and although they are edging closer to safety, Steve Bruce’s side remain under the cosh.
He will take huge positives from the way Newcastle performed at Anfield last time out in September 2019, despite losing the game 3-1.
Newcastle had led that day through Jetro Willems before a brace from Sadio Mane and one from Mohamed Salah sealed all three points.
That day, Newcastle packed men behind the ball and did frustrate Liverpool at times and that is likely to enter Klopp’s thinking when selecting the team.
For that reason, we may see an attacking line-up from the German with Liverpool in desperate need for all three points in the race for the top-four.
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Klopp confirmed Nat Phillips is still missing with a hamstring injury, while Curtis Jones returns.
“No, Nat Phillips is not back,” Klopp said. “Curtis is back, yeah, that’s true. All the others not.”
There is still no update on the fitness of captain Jordan Henderson though: “Not really, I don’t know. Nobody told me, so it’s for sure not in the next couple of weeks.”
Klopp also dismissed speculation that Diogo Jota is injured after he missed training: “Diogo is fine, Diogo is fine.”
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Should Jota be fine, he is expected to play in attack alongside Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino.
The pair were unleashed as a quartet during the 1-1 draw with Manchester City back in November but injuries have since disrupted that prospect from happening again.
It will mean there could be a change of shape from Klopp, who could revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Fabinho is expected to remain at centre-back in place of Phillips, with Thiago Alcantara and Gini Wijnaldum playing at the base of midfield.
There is a chance Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could feature, with the attacking midfielder out to prove a point between now and the end of the season.
James Milner drops out while Andy Robertson, Ozan Kabak and Trent Alexander-Arnold complete the back four.
Alisson will of course start in goal.
Expected Liverpool XI vs Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Alisson; Robertson, Kabak, Fabinho, Alexander-Arnold; Thiago, Wijnaldum; Jota, Firmino, Salah; Mane.
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