Newcastle make the trip to Anfield on Wednesday night and, like Jurgen Klopp, Eddie Howe is counting his losses in the injury department. Liverpool’s treatment room has been inundated with players throughout the summer and into the season, with Klopp currently without 10 senior players due to injury. The manager spoke with optimism at seeing the likes of Caoimhin Kelleher, Joel Matip, Curtis Jones, Diogo Jota and Thiago make their return sooner rather than later prior to Bournemouth‘s visit. But with none having returned to full training, Newcastle‘s visit is likely to be too soon for any to make their return, but the Reds are not the only ones to be without senior players. Howe is to be without defender Emil Krafth after he suffered an ACL injury, key midfielder Bruno Guimaraes and forward Callum Wilson, while Allan Saint-Maximin limped off after scoring the equaliser at Wolves on Sunday.
Newcastle are already without ex-Red Jonjo Shelvey due to a long-term injury. Howe is eager to turn to new record signing Alexander Isak at Anfield once his work permit has been approved, with the forward added to bolster their otherwise limited attacking options. The Magpies have picked up six points from their opening four games, winning on the opening day against Nottingham Forest before successive draws against Brighton, Man City and Wolves. Liverpool may need to monitor Harvey Elliott, who was replaced at half-time against Bournemouth as a precaution, though boss Jurgen Klopp is optimistic the midfielder will be available. Diogo Jota, Naby Keita, Ibrahima Konate, Thiago, Caoimhin Kelleher and Calvin Ramsay remain sidelined. Darwin Nunez completes a three-game suspension. Newcastle’s record signing Alexander Isak will only make his debut if his work permit arrives in time.
Bruno Guimaraes is set to miss a second match because of a minor injury, Callum Wilson is still absent, while Allan Saint-Maximin and Kieran Trippier may also need to be assessed. Emil Krafth, meanwhile, is likely to be out for at least six months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in last week’s EFL Cup win at Tranmere. Liverpool will finally go into a Premier League game with some momentum. Fresh off a 9-0 win over Bournemouth, they’ll host Newcastle United on Wednesday evening. But Jurgen Klopp has another crucial consideration here. Liverpool travel across Stanley Park to face Everton on Saturday in the early kickoff. Fitness concerns enter the fray, then, as the Reds try to keep players fresh for what is certainly the ‘bigger’ game. Of course, Klopp had that in mind against Bournemouth with a few early substitutions. That gives us a bit of a clue as to who starts at Newcastle.
After a scintillating 9-0 victory against Bournemouth on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp’s team will be looking to carry on where they left off when they face Eddie Howe’s men on Wednesday. Newcastle remain unbeaten after four games with one win and three draws including the brilliant 3-3 draw at home to Manchester City. Liverpool come into this game on the back of a 9-0 win over Scott Parker’s Bournemouth in their most recent league game. Braces from Colombian winger Luis Diaz and Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino, goals from young midfielder Harvey Elliott, right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk and attacker Fabio Carvalho and an own goal from centre-back Chris Mepham sealed the deal for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Newcastle United, on the other hand, drew 1-1 against Bruno Lage’s Wolverhampton Wanderers in their most recent league game.
A first-half goal from Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves for Wolverhampton Wanderers was cancelled out by a late second-half goal from French winger Allan Saint-Maximin for Newcastle United. Liverpool have not enjoyed a good start to the season, with only one win from their first four league games. However, that lone win saw them score nine goals against a hapless Bournemouth side, so it would not be fair to write Liverpool off so early in the season. Liverpool have been plagued by injuries so far, with midfield a particular area of concern. There has been reliance on a 36-year old James Milner, which, will all due respect to Milner’s experience and leadership, does not bode well for a team aiming to compete for top honours. Therefore, it is not surprising to see Liverpool linked with midfielders like Frenkie de Jong and Ruben Neves. Newcastle United, on the other hand, have managed to transform what had been a fairly mundane transfer window by signing Swedish striker Alexander Isak for £63 million.