Liverpool head into their final game of the year top of the table, but now only two points clear of second-placed Man United having dropped two at Anfield at the weekend.
The onus is on the Reds to pick up a win at St James’ Park, therefore, against a Newcastle side who have improved of late, but are still struggling to secure results having taken just seven points from their last six games.
Klopp is buoyed by a relatively positive injury list, despite the absence of Joel Matip tonight with an adductor problem that is expected to rule the centre-back out for weeks.
Callum Wilson has returned to the starting lineup for Newcastle, with ex-Liverpool duo Jonjo Shelvey and Andy Carroll among Steve Bruce’s substitutes.
Newcastle: Darlow; Schar, Fernandez, Clark; Yedlin, Hayden, M.Longstaff, Ritchie; Joelinton, Murphy, Wilson
Substitutes: Dubravka, Krafth, Lewis, Hendrick, S.Longstaff, Shelvey, Almiron, Gayle, Carroll
Substitutes: Kelleher, R.Williams, N.Williams, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Minamino, Origi