Liverpool have just one match remaining of their runaway season which saw them lift the Premier League trophy for the first time.
After their thrilling 5-3 win over Chelsea on Wednesday, the Reds turn their attention to one final fixture before the campaign comes to a close. Newcastle will welcome the champions to St James’ Park in what could be a rather relaxed affair.
The Magpies are in no danger of relegation and, with Liverpool already wrapping up the title, it could be a pressure-free afternoon for both sides.
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Transfer Tavern has predicted how Jurgen Klopp might line up to face Steve Bruce’s side on the road later today…
With nothing left to fight for and no home game to dominate, Klopp may choose to rest some of his key players against the Toon. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah could be given some well-earned time off, with Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino coming in to replace them. Sadio Mane might keep his place on the left to ensure that there is still a world-class attacking option to keep Newcastle occupied.
From the Chelsea match, Curtis Jones could earn a start in place of Georginio Wijnaldum. Naby Keita deserves to keep his spot and, given his injury-hammered season, he will not want to spend the last game on the bench. His goal against the Blues will also be fresh in Klopp’s mind, with hope that he can recreate something similar this afternoon.
Although Klopp could essentially field a full team of youngsters, he is too proud to see out the season on a bad note. It seems likely that his usual goalkeeper and back four selection will remain the same, in the hope of a parting clean sheet in 2019/20.
A victory against the Magpies will see the Reds round off their winning season with 99 points, agonisingly short of the three-figure mark.
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