With their campaign back on track after the nightmare of the Super League bid, the Reds will be looking to improve on their 1-1 draw at Leeds last time out to maintain their top-four hopes.
Only six games remain, and realistically, Liverpool should be looking to win them all, but the manager has been forced into more changes at the back following Phillips’ hamstring problem.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce looks to have stuck with his three-man defence, with Jacob Murphy and Matt Ritchie serving as wing-backs.
Ex-Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey starts, while Javi Manquillo and Andy Carroll are both on the bench along with top scorer Callum Wilson.
Substitutes: Adrian, R.Williams, Tsimikas, N.Williams, Milner, Keita, Jones, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri
Newcastle: Dubravka; Fernandez, Clark, Dummett; Murphy, S.Longstaff, Shelvey, Ritchie; Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton
Substitutes: Gillespie, Krafth, Lewis, Manquillo, Willock, Hendrick, Gayle, Wilson, Carroll