Klopp confirms trio out of Newcastle clash, duo fit to play

Jurgen Klopp Impressing Robert Lewandowski

A rejuvenated Liverpool side demolished struggling Newcastle United 2-0 on Saturday, March 3 in a tough EPL match played at Anfield.

He has now scored as many as the entire Toon team in the current campaign.

Liverpool will be looking to Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane for inspiration once again in their Premier League meeting with Newcastle.

Shelvey has been hugely influential in recent weeks as Newcastle have put together a four-game unbeaten run - indeed, Manchester City's double over them represents their only reverses in their last 10 - to boost their survival hopes.

Prior to his goal Salah was denied three times. It's understandable thinking given Newcastle are painfully short on goals: Dwight Gayle is the team's top scorer in the league with just five.

Salah did not waste his next opportunity, though, breaking the deadlock in the 40th minute to score his 32nd goal of the season in all competitions.

It meant Liverpool's attacking responsibility was more evenly distributed to other areas of the team, and from midfield, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was willing to step up.

Mohamed Salah is the only Liverpool player to have played nearly every big game, and Klopp seems determined to continue his rotation policy.

Karius made a brilliant save high to his right to palm over a looping Mohamed Diame strike after Mikel Merino's backheel teed up a first-time drive.

Salah has had a stunning first season at Liverpool since arriving from Serie A giants Roma last summer. Game over, and there is still 34 minutes remaining.

Newcastle have not won at Anfield since 1994 and they were largely toothless here, Benitez's side slipping closer to the relegation zone after a tame defeat, but Liverpool continue to thrive following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

The Liverpool boss will have to tackle Newcastle without midfielders Georginio Wijnaldum and Ben Woodburn, however, with both ruled out through illness.

Liverpool has the second leg of its Champions League round of 16 tie just three days after this game, but the side has the luxury of a 5-0 advantage and can thus afford to play its stars against Newcastle.

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