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How Liverpool could line up against Newcastle United

Sports Mole looks at how Premier League leaders Liverpool could line up for their Boxing Day clash with Newcastle United, which could see some key players rested.

Liverpool host Newcastle United on Boxing Day with a four-point gap now separating them from second-placed Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

An impressive 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Friday night ensured that they would be top on Christmas Day, but they were handed a further unexpected boost a day later when City fell to a shock home defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp will be keen to avoid any complacency, though, as they welcome former manager Rafael Benitez back to Anfield.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Liverpool could line up for the contest.



Possible LIV XI vs. NEW

Out: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Joel Matip (shoulder), Joe Gomez (ankle)
Doubtful: Trent Alexander-Arnold (foot), Naby Keita (ribs)

Changes could be in the offing for Liverpool with Arsenal and Manchester City next up either side of New Year's Day, although whether Klopp opts to rest the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane remains to be seen.

Salah has been playing as a central striker for much of the campaign and so is one of the more likely players to miss out due to the presence of Daniel Sturridge, despite scoring one and assisting another against Wolves last time out.

Other fringe players such as Adam Lallana, Xherdan Shaqiri and Nathaniel Clyne will be hopeful of starts too, although Trent Alexander-Arnold is nearing full fitness and could be in contention to return.

There are fewer options for rotation in defence with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez still sidelined, which means that Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren are expected to continue at centre-back.

Naby Keita was in the wars against Wolves and, while he is back in training and expected to be available, Klopp could choose to rest him given his side's strength in depth in midfield.

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Xherdan Shaqiri channels David Brent after putting Liverpool back ahead during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Manchester United on December 16, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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