LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, August 9, 2019: Liverpool's Divock Origi during the opening FA Premier League match of the season between Liverpool FC and Norwich City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Newcastle: Ox and Origi start as Klopp rotates

Jurgen Klopp has made two changes to his starting lineup with Divock Origi among those to come in as Liverpool host Newcastle in a lunchtime kickoff today.

The Reds are back after the September international break with first taking on 14th in the Premier League.

With the majority of his senior squad departing on duty with their national teams over the past fortnight, and Liverpool playing seven games over the next 21 weeks, Klopp has rotated his side.

Adrian retains his place in goal, with Alisson not expected back until after the October interval and, hopefully, the trip to Man United.

Ahead of the Spaniard in defence are Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.

In midfield, Fabinho takes up the No. 6 role, to be joined by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gini Wijnaldum.

Oxlade-Chamberlain makes his 50th appearance for the Reds, and his first start at Anfield since his ACL injury in April 2018.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both start having enjoyed a rest over the international break, and line up alongside Origi in Klopp’s forward line.

Among the Reds’ substitutes this afternoon are Jordan Henderson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Roberto Firmino, who is given a break after a late return from the United States.

Though Newcastle are certainly not the most convincing of outfits, having won just once in four games so far in the league under Steve Bruce, Klopp is expecting a competitive clash.

“I think [they had] 24 or 25 percent possession at Tottenham, but always really, really good, scored a wonderful goal and defended with a big heart and good organisation,” he told reporters on Friday.

“That’s it. That’s what we had to prepare for and that’s what we did.

“So that will not be easy, that’s what people expect probably with all the difficulties they had in the summer.

“I’m really impressed by the solutions they found and the things they did so far.”

Liverpool: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Origi

Substitutes: Kelleher, Gomez, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Shaqiri, Firmino

Newcastle: Dubravka; Schar, Lascelles, Dummett; Krafth, Hayden, Shelvey, Willems; Almiron, Atsu, Joelinton

Substitutes: Darlow, Fernandez, Clark, Manquillo, Ki, M.Longstaff, Muto

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