Liverpool will get another game with -- forgive me — the fab four of Coutinho, Mané, Firmino, and Salah working together in attack. The much-anticipated debut of these four playing together against Spartak Moscow was a bit anti-climactic, with only Coutinho bagging a goal and saving Liverpool’s blushes in that 1-1 draw.
It feels long ago now that the Reds scored a third league victory against Leicester City, what with that disappointing Champions League game being played since then. On Sunday they’ll try to snatch a fourth victory against former Liverpool manager Rafa Benítez when they travel to St. James’ Park to take on his Newcastle United team.
While all eyes will be glued on Liverpool’s attack and whether they can put away some of the great chances they create with their slick movement up front, hands may be covering those same eyes when it comes to the defense. The Reds’ weak point was once again exploited mid-week when they allowed Spartak Moscow to score a goal on a free kick, despite Liverpool’s clear dominance over the 90 minutes. Unless something miraculous has happened during the training sessions this week, Sunday’s match will be more of the same. Expect some nail-biting, but hopefully Liverpool will do enough to put it away.
For Liverpool (4-3-3):
Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Coutinho; Salah, Firmino, Mané
After missing the last three domestic matches, Sadio Mané should once again return to Liverpool’s starting XI, a huge boon to Jürgen Klopp. Meanwhile, after a lackluster game on Tuesday, Emre Can will likely make way for Georginio Wijnaldum alongside Henderson and Coutinho in the midfield. In the back, Mignolet should continue his run as Klopp’s preferred league keeper, taking the reins from Loris Karius.
As for Newcastle United, Benítez’s team has won three of their first five league games, though they lost last weekend to Brighton. Aleksandar Mitrovic, back after his three game ban for violent conduct, will be available for contention on Sunday. In their defense, both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara are out injured, though Florian Lejeune is once again available for Benítez.
Kickoff is set for 4.30PM BST/11.30AM EST tomorrow on Sky Sports in the UK and NBCSN in the US. Elsewhere, Optus Sport in Australia, TSN1 in Canada, Star Sports Select 1 in India, SuperSport3 Africa in Kenya, Astro SuperSport 3 in Malaysia, SuperSport 3 Nigeria in Nigeria, no listing in Singapore, and SuperSport 3 in South Africa are carrying the match. BBC Radio 5 Live and LFCTV Go provide online options to follow the game. You can find full listings at LivesoccerTV.
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