With a 4-0 trashing of Everton in the Merseyside Derby, the good times kept rolling for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool. The Reds have now won four in a row and they will be looking for the fifth when Newcastle visit Anfield this Saturday.
Just like the match against Bournemouth, Klopp should use this match as an opportunity to give the younger players a chance to get some valuable playing time in the top flight.
Danny Ward should get another start if not just to see what he is capable of. The young Welshman has only started one match since returning from his loan and he clearly has some potential, Klopp just has to give him a chance to show it.
Jon Flanagan hasn’t played in a while for some reason but he is still a better player than Connor Randall. While he will never be the best attacking full-back, he is one of the toughest defenders out there.
The toughness and experience of Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel should be enough to deal with a below-average Newcastle attack. It looks like both players will be leaving the club over the summer so a good performance from the pair will get them back on the fan’s good side.
Brad Smith continues to provide solid performances whenever he steps onto the pitch. While he does get caught up too far up the pitch on occasion, he is still learning to find the right balance between attacking and defending.
Sheyi Ojo has been a revelation whenever he has been given an opportunity this season and he deserves another shot on Saturday. Despite only being 18-years-old, Ojo has adopted to the top flight almost immediately.
With much of the speed of the team coming from the wings, Klopp should select Kevin Stewart and Joe Allen to control the middle of the park. With Stewart behind him, Allen will be able to drive forward and help the attack.
Jordon Ibe had a great showing the last time he started and this is another opportunity for him to gain back some confidence against the second-worst defense in the Premier League. He has all the tools to be a special player, it’s all about putting it together and finding what he does best.
Klopp has a wealthy of options to choose from but Philippe Coutinho or Adam Lallana make the most sense. Both will have a lot of freedom to create scoring chances and they should be able to be substituted off near the start of the second half.
With Divock Origi out, Daniel Sturridge is Liverpool’s only healthy striker. Klopp could opt to start Roberto Firmino up top if he decides to rest the England international. Whoever he chooses should have a lot chances to add to their goal tally.
Via – Lineup Builder