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Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Newcastle United: Sturridge starts as Firmino drops out

Jurgen Klopp has made four changes to his Liverpool lineup for Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash away to Newcastle United.

The Reds take to St James’ Park for their final outing before the October international break, looking to build on their win away to Leicester City in the league last time out.

Held to a 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow in midweek, however, Klopp’s side will be feeling the intensity of a gruelling night in the Champions League.

And the German has once again shuffled his pack, with Daniel Sturridge among those to come back into the side.

Simon Mignolet takes his place in goal, shielded by a back four Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno.

In midfield, Jordan Henderson is set to operate in the No. 6 role in his 250th game for the club, with Georginio Wijnaldum and Philippe Coutinho given more progressive duties.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Sturridge will line up as Klopp’s three-man attacking unit.

Liverpool have not taken on the Magpies since the end of the 2015/16 campaign, when goals from Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback cancelled out efforts from Sturridge and Adam Lallana.

This time out, Klopp will be eager for a better result than that 2-2 draw at Anfield.

For Newcastle, Rafa Benitez has named two ex-Reds in his starting lineup, with Javier Manquillo at right-back and Jonjo Shelvey in midfield.

Dwight Gayle, who often proved a scourge for Liverpool during his time at Crystal Palace, is on the substitutes’ bench.

Newcastle United: Elliot; Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Yedlin; Atsu, Merino, Shelvey, Ritchie; Perez, Joselu

Substitutes: Darlow, Gamez, Lejeune, Diame, Hayden, Murphy, Gayle

Liverpool: Mignolet; Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho; Salah, Sturridge, Mane

Substitutes: Karius, Klavan, Milner, Can, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Solanke

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