I can’t see a match post for the Newcastle game so here goes. Hope that’s ok with everyone. Not sure what has happened to our chief scribe Warrior. Hope he didn’t over celebrate the Everton victory.
Newcastle at home is a game we usually win fairly comfortably. We owe them one for the 2-0 defeat earlier in the season at St James Park. That was a poor performance by us but the result could have been very different if Benteke had scored an early open goal, Moreno’s volley had not been wrongly ruled offside and Skrtel hadn’t miscued into his own net.
That was one of Newcastle’s few high points under McLaren but they look a different team under Rafa with good results against Swansea and City albeit on their own ground. Like us they have a few injuries but I think we can expect a determined performance from them as they have their PL place at stake.
So what team should Klopp put out bearing in mind we have a vital away leg semi-final in the EL on Thursday at Villareal? I don’t think he can afford to play such an inexperienced team was he did against Bournemouth and if he did and we were to lose would the other relegation threatened teams report us to the FA?
That said some players will be rested but I would keep the core of best players as follows:
Mignolet – he hardly needs a rest. He could have spent Wednesday in a deckchair.
Flanagan, Lovren, Sakho, Smith – on the basis that Lovren and Saakho were hardly extended either.
Allen and Lucas – Allen should be fresh and Lucas needs game time
Milner, Lallana, Ibe – Milner is bionic, I’d rather risk Lallana than Coutinho and Ibe gets the nod over Ojo for his assists at Bournemouth.
Firmino as false number 9 to keep Sturridge fit for Thursday.
So there we are. Klopp will probably have different ideas altogether and he knows best, but at least I’ve given you something to debate.
Firmino – He needs game time and we shouldn’t risk Sturridge (at least as a starter).
so there we are. ‘ll pro