Jurgen Klopp explains why he dropped Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold at Newcastle

The Liverpool boss has announced the changes for the trip to Tyneside, with the Reds facing a tricky test against the Magpies as they continue their quest for four trophies this season

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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool simply had to make changes for their Saturday midday trip to Newcastle amid their hectic quadruple bid.

The Reds boss opted to make five changes to his side from midweek Champions League Victory over Villarrealwith Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold rotated from the side along with Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Ibrahima Konate.

Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, James Milner, Naby Keita and Diogo Jota are all lining up for one of the tougher tests remaining in Liverpool’s season.

“We have to do it because of the intensity of the time we’re in,” Klopp told BT Sport.

Klopp made five changes for the trip to Newcastle



“But if you make five changes and that’s still the line-up then obviously you have a good squad. We could have changed more, but it was also about rhythm and stability and everyone knew exactly what the other was doing.

At his pre-game press conference on Fridy, Klopp praised the Magpies’ form.

“A lot. An incredible run, hey?” said Klopp when asked if he thought Eddie Howe’s side had improved.

“When our analysis meeting starts and you always see the last 10 or 12 results, it’s green if you’re winning and red if you’ve lost. There’s green, green, green, then red, red, red, and then lots of green again. So obviously they’re in a really good moment and Eddie is a big part of that.

“They signed one of our analysts, that’s certainly a big part too, I have to say. Mark, if you see this – we’re playing against a completely different team!

“They’re doing really well, they’ve signed some good players. In the future, this will happen 100 percent with electricity newcastle is now, and of course they’ve made a lot of changes and all that stuff. But for this season they brought smart moves, really good players and just stability. The players who were there before were also able to grow into really confident figures.”

Salah and Alexander-Arnold were both left out at Newcastle



“It’s really good to see what small changes can do and it’s going to be difficult for us. It’s similar to a few years ago when we played [at St. James’ Park] between [Champions League] Semifinals if Divock Origi [scored with a] head/shoulder.

“It was a tough game, it was one of those games where I didn’t understand what exactly Newcastle’s problem was?! Why don’t they like us so much?! The whole stadium was on Fire and we have to reckon with that tomorrow as well.

“It’s going to be tough, but we have to make sure we’re prepared for it. We also have our goals, we know we need results and we try to perform as well as is more likely to get one.”

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