Things couldn’t really be going better for Liverpool at the moment as over the last few weeks they have eliminated Manchester City from the FA Cup, defeated Manchester United and Everton in the league, and look poised to reach the Champions League final.
During the week, the Reds defeated Villarreal 2-0 at Anfield, and it will take a monumental effort from the Spanish side to overturn that scoreline in the second leg, so it seems Jurgen Klopp will guide his side to yet another final in Europe.
On Thursday, Liverpool fans celebrated as the popular German signed a new contract with the club to remain as manager until 2026.
Everything is going swimmingly, then, but they still need to hope that Man City slip up at some point in the title race as they remain one point behind.
On Saturday, three points will be required again as they face Newcastle in the early Premier League kick-off.
The only major injury concern for Liverpool surrounds Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian is suffering from a foot injury and has missed a handful of games.
Firmino’s entire season has been impacted by a series of injury problems as he has made just nine starts in the Premier League and 16 in all competitions.
Curtis Jones and Kostas Tsimikas were not in the squad for Villarreal due to illness and it remains unclear if they will be passed fit for Saturday.
Alisson will start in goal behind a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andry Robertson, with Ibrahima Konate set to drop down to the bench.
In midfield, Naby Keita will likely come in, with Thiago potentially rested for Europe and Jordan Henderson and Fabinho retaining their spots.
Diogo Jota will start, probably at the expense of Luis Diaz and Klopp rotates things a little.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will continue up top.
Predicted Liverpool XI v Newcastle