With seven games in quick succession before the international break in September, could Kostas Tsimikas be one of the beneficiaries of the squad’s rotation when Liverpool host Newcastle on Wednesday?
The Reds secured their first three Premier League points of the season with a remarkable 9-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, a win they will look to build on in the coming weeks.
The visit of Eddie Howe’s Magpies marks the start of a busy period for Liverpool who, for the foreseeable future, will no longer have the luxury of a full week to prepare for matches.
After such an emphatic victory, many would expect Jurgen Klopp to name an unchanged line-up against Newcastle, and while that remains possible, the Liverpool boss knows he has to manage his players’ workload in the weeks to come. come, especially given the club’s long injury list.
With that in mind, what could the Reds’ starting XI look like on Wednesday night and, if there are any changes, who could be in contention to enter the line-up?
From Klopp’s pre-match presser on Tuesday, we know the following:
Liverpool’s XI vs Newcastle
If a 9-0 win isn’t reason enough for an unchanged roster, then what is?!
Provided Klopp is happy enough with the fitness of his players, he could be happy enough to stay with the same team that performed so well at Anfield on Saturday.
Darwin Nunez remains suspended, and while Matip and Jones’ return to fitness is a welcome boost, neither look likely to step straight into the XI at this stage.
If so, Klopp could ask the same team to start again on Wednesday:
- Joe Gomez remains central defender
- Harvey Elliott will start again, provided he is fit enough
- Matip and Jones to bolster Klopp options on the bench
Could this be the side Klopp is going with again?
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Elliott, Henderson; Salah, Diaz, Firmino
Elliott continued his impressive start to the season after scoring his first Premier League goal against the Cherries.
The 19-year-old was taken off at half-time, however, and although Klopp allayed fears over his fitness after the game, Elliott practiced away from the rest of his team-mates during the training session. Monday.
If he’s not fully fit, Klopp could look to protect the midfield ahead of a busy run of games, with Fabio Carvalho proving he’s more than capable of taking on that right-midfield role on Saturday.
There is, of course, the possibility of changing Henderson and Carvalho, but given the much improved performance over the weekend, the boss may want things to stay quite similar.
Tsimikas is another sobering one for the Liverpool boss, registering two assists in five minutes after being introduced for Andy Robertson against Bournemouth.
If Klopp plans to make any changes, the squad to face Newcastle could look like this:
- Tsimikas replaces Robertson at left-back
- Carvalho for the first start
- Elliott will be out with a minor injury
This would see Liverpool line up as follows:
Alisson; Alexandre-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Fabinho, Carvalho, Henderson; Salah, Diaz, Firmino
As several players move closer to full fitness, Klopp will ensure that no other players face any issues in the coming weeks.
Liverpool’s Champions League campaign begins next week, and with four more league games crammed into the next three weeks, rotation is definitely on the horizon.
Whether Klopp will decide to make any changes against Newcastle remains to be seen, but with the visitors struggling with their own injury problems, hopefully it will be the right time to face a side who posed real problems for Man City earlier this this month.
Liverpool v Newcastle line-ups with Tsimikas in rotation?