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4-2-3-1: If Benitez fields this Newcastle XI, Liverpool are getting beaten

Newcastle United supporters were somewhat quieter in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing their side lose at Brighton.

The resident Magpies fans were making lots of noise in the previous few weeks given that Rafa Benitez’s men were embarking on a three-match winning streak, with victories over West Ham, Swansea City, and Stoke City propelling the North East giants up to fourth in the Premier League.

However, they were unable to keep that run going at the AMEX Stadium on Sunday, with a Tomer Hemed strike six minutes into the second half enough to secure the three points for Chris Hughton’s men, thus condemning the Magpies to a third league defeat of the campaign.

Nonetheless, Benitez’s men have the chance to bounce back against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Sunday, with the Reds themselves struggling for consistency after again failing to win in the Champions League in midweek.

The Merseyside giants could only muster a 1-1 draw away at Spartak Moscow on Tuesday to leave them with two points from their two group matches, and with just one victory in their last three Premier League games as well, it’s not quite clicking for Klopp’s men at the moment.

Ahead of Sunday’s eagerly-anticipated encounter at St James’ Park, here is the Newcastle XI that, if picked by Benitez, will get the job done and beat the Spaniard’s former employers this weekend…

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