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Liverpool predicted line up vs Newcastle as Jurgen Klopp battles injury issues

Liverpool’s injury crisis continued against West Brom with Rhys Williams set to come in at the heart of defence.

The young centre-half has been given several opportunities, especially in the Champions League, and could replace Joel Matip.

The Cameroon international hobbled off against West Brom with Jurgen Klopp admitting things “did not look good”.

Fabinho has filled in impressive as a makeshift centre-half and will continue doing so against a Newcastle side that have been anything but free flowing in attack.

“Joel is injured and it’s not the first time that a centre-half is injured,” said the Liverpool boss.

“It’s of course not good, especially now as he was in a really good shape again, but we cannot change that. We just have to accept it and carry on.”

Rhys Williams could come in to the defence

Elsewhere the Reds are more or less at full strength with Naby Keita the only other notable injury.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench three days ago and is again available for selected.

He could replace Curtis Jones for the game in the north east. The young Liverpool midfielder has copped criticism for his role in West Brom’s equaliser.

Georginio Wijnaldum has recently come out and asked for more time before deciding on his Reds future.

The Dutchman has continued to be a regular however and looks set to play against his former team.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned off the bench against West Brom

Sadio Mane got Liverpool’s only goal against West Brom and will play alongside his usual striking partners.

The Reds missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table at Anfield against the bottom three side.

Klopp’s side have scored three in each of their past two visits to St James’ Park en route to successive victories.

Liverpool predicted line-up: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, R Williams, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane




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