After a disappointing 1-0 loss to Brighton, I decided to look forward to Newcastle’s next match against Liverpool.
In the goalkeeper spot, I think Rob Elliot should continue to play. The Irishman has already produced some wonderful saves and I see no reason to why he should be dropped.
With the attacking nature of Liverpool, the defence will be pinned down a lot meaning counter attacks are vital. Because of this, I think Yedlin will start. His pace is absolutely crucial to quick break aways and he will be facing the fearsome Saido Mane meaning the full back must be quick.
Here I’d like to see Florian Lejeune start. An injury on the first day of the season against Spurs has kept him out but he should be ready. He’s very calm on the ball which is key to beating a high pressing team like Liverpool. Despite Lascelles being captain, Lejeune is a better fit for this match.
For the other centre back, I think Clark should start for the same reason as Lejeune. Like the Frenchman, he’s good on the ball and has great composure.
With Dummett still injured, the best choice is really Mbemba. He’s quick, strong and can play the ball. With our only natural left back injured, he really is the only choice.
For the first centre mid, Jonjo Shelvey deserves to regain his starting spot. The easiest way to beat a high pressing team like Liverpool is long balls that bypass the midfield. Shelvey is the best passer in the squad at this is going to be key to beating Liverpool’s press.
For the other centre mid, Mikel Merino should regain his starting spot. The Spaniard is probably my favourite player in the squad for good reason. He’s a very intelligent midfielder, who can pass and defend at such a young age.
Here I went for Atsu. Again, there are not my options here but Atsu is still a decent player. He’s added better dribbling and crossing onto his pace which makes him a very dangerous player who can cause fullbacks a lot of problems.
Like the left winger spot, there aren’t many options but Ritchie is still a valid option. He’s not as quick but is a great crosser (especially from deep) like we saw against Stoke.
For the penultimate spot, I went for Ayoze Perez. The Spaniard has great technical ability but his decision making is often quite iffy. He has often been the scapegoat but I don’t think he’s as bad as people say he’s been and he’s certainly better than Diame.
Finally, we have the striker spot. Joselu has been poor recently missing several chances so I think it’s time for a change. Liverpool’s defence is notoriously leaky and having a striker like Gayle who will run in behind will cause a real headache for Liverpool’s defence.
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