Jurgen Klopp has hinted that he will continue to rotate his Liverpool squad ahead of Newcastle United’s visit to Anfield.
Klopp’s willingness to use his squad players – he made 10 changes for last weekend’s Premier League game at Bournemouth – has led to unease on Wearside ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.
And United supporters are hoping he rests a number of key men for Saturday’s game.
Sunderland – who play Arsenal at home on Sunday – are just a point above second-bottom Newcastle, who haven’t won at Anfield in 22 years.
Liverpool manager Klopp lost in-form striker Divock Origi to injury in last night’s 4-0 win Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Danny Ings are also sidelined, while Christian Benteke is recovering from a hamstring problem.
They are only good players. There is not a player in the squad where I think ‘oh, why is he here?’.Jurgen Klopp
Daniel Sturridge is Klopp’s only fit striker.
Liverpool – who take on Villarreal in the first-leg of their Europa League semi-final next Thursday – have played 55 matches already this season.
And Klopp will carry on chopping and changing as he seeks to manage his injury-hit pool of players in the final few weeks of the season.
“They are only good players,” said Klopp. “There is not a player in the squad where I think ‘oh, why is he here?’.
“In each game: Stoke – different formation. Bournemouth, Dortmund, Everton – different formations. But we also showed our different styles.
“We are not only a pressing and counter-pressing team, we are a possession team, and it is challenge to bring it together.
“We will work on it and we won’t be finished on it, but we need players.
“They have to do the work, and hopefully we will have enough for the last few games.”
Newcastle would climb out of the Premier League’s relegation zone with a victory over Liverpool, who would be forgiven for having one eye on the Villarreal game.
The winner of this season’s Europa League will get a place in the Champions League next term.