It will almost certainly, then, see Klopp rotate his side across the two games, and there is cause to argue that more changes can be expected against the Magpies.
Eddie Howe’s side remain in a difficult period, with only one win from their last four fixtures, sitting 19th in the Premier League and 27 points behind Liverpool.
But as Klopp will be wary of underestimating Newcastle, how could the Reds line up?
From Klopp’s pre-match press conference and an interview with the club’s official website, we know the following:
- Roberto Firmino is back and “in contention”
- Curtis Jones in training but unlikely to make the squad
- Divock Origi misses out but Diogo Jota could start
- Nat Phillips, Harvey Elliott and Adrian still sidelined
Liverpool’s XI vs. Newcastle
With “no new injuries” to consider, Klopp finds himself in the luxury position of being able to make a number of changes while still naming a strong side.
Bar the use of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a No. 9, the manager effectively fielded his strongest possible XI against Villa at the weekend, with Jota not deemed fit enough to start.
But alterations could now be made, including a return to the starting lineup for Jota:
- Alisson to keep place but Konate and Kostas Tsimikas come into defence
- Oxlade-Chamberlain an option for midfield to allow Thiago rest
- Jota able to rejoin Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as No. 9
If that is the case, Robertson could be one of those retained, while Klopp has other options to consider in midfield:
- Konate the only change in defence from Villa win
- Naby Keita alongside Fabinho and Jordan Henderson as alternative to Ox
- Jota the likely starter despite Firmino’s return to fitness
This could see Liverpool take to the field as below:
Instead, Liverpool can be expected to go strong against both Newcastle and Tottenham, with Klopp making careful tweaks to his side to ensure freshness as the festive schedule ensues.