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Liverpool have planned squad against Newcastle as Joe Gomez steps into the new role of Alexis Mac Allister

Aug 25, 2023 #Alex Mac Allister

Liverpool have planned squad against Newcastle as Joe Gomez steps into the new role of Alexis Mac Allister.

It’s been a mixed week for Liverpool in terms of team news.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that the Reds had won their appeal against Alexis Mac Allister’s red card against Bournemouth, clearing him to take part in the trip to Newcastle United.

Mac Allister was served a three-match suspension after picking up a straight red card for a challenge on Ryan Christie, but the FA lifted his suspension after the Reds requested a review.

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There was even more relief when Trent Alexander-Arnold, the player around whom Jurgen Klopp built his new system, fully participated in training after limping with a punch off the pitch last weekend .

However, Liverpool also received a further blow when it was revealed that Ibrahima Konaté was ‘doubtful’ for the match at St James’ Park with a muscle injury, possibly forcing Klopp to turn to the game. one of his assistants, Joe Gomez and Joël Matip. turn .

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Meanwhile, Curtis Jones is still not ready to recover from the ankle problem that sidelined him against the Cherries and the wait continues for Thiago, who has missed the entire pre-season as He was recovering from an injury and is still quite unfit for the game. team of the day.

It had briefly looked like Liverpool would be almost complete against Eddie Howe’s side, but Konaté’s injury soon put an end to that. After Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

lt could perhaps be argued that this is now the fourth toughest away test in the Premier League, but luckily Klopp will still be able to field a line-up. able to take three points. the case last year.

Alisson will expect to be quite busy in goal given Newcastle’s firepower, while Virgil van Dijk will be looking to dampen the Magpies’ attack.

If Konaté is indeed unavailable, Klopp could lean towards Gomez, who already got a taste of the action last weekend when he replaced Alexander-Arnold.

Matip is yet to kick a competitive ball this year and his pre-season performances suggest that at 32 he may struggle to conquer the wider ground on the right of the three backs in the new set-up.

Andy Robertson will no doubt start at left-back but will need to show great discipline in his position as he could leave the already weakened back-line even more exposed if he pushes too aggressively upfield.

In midfield, Wataru Endo is expected to make his full debut after coming on as a substitute against Bournemouth last week, fresh off a full week of training and settling in with his new team-mates.

That, in turn, should give Alexis Mac Allister the opportunity to play a more natural role as number eight on the left after having to replace number six in the first two games.

Dominik Szoboszlai is a surefire addition to the opposite end after a stellar performance last time out.

The midfield reshuffle will have the domino effect of exacerbating Klopp’s dilemma in attack.

Cody Gakpo was previously used as a left eight, but is now ready to return to the top position.

The question is whether this should come at the expense of Diogo Jota, who scored one goal and another against Bournemouth, or Luis Díaz, who started the season with two goals in two.