Hillsborough campaigner to be Benitez's guest of honour at Newcastle-Liverpool

Hillsborough campaigner to be Benitez's guest of honour at Newcastle-Liverpool

Hillsborough campaigner to be Benitez's guest of honour at Newcastle-Liverpool

Klopp's men travel to Newcastle for the late game on Sunday looking to build on their 3-2 win at Leicester in their last Premier League outing, having otherwise endured a hard September.

Brendan Rodgers has taken Celtic by storm since moving to Scotland and it can be argued that the former Liverpool boss deserves another crack in the Premier League. With their ongoing struggles in both Europe and the league, though, the club will be wary of their trip to the North East.

Liverpool have conceded 10 times in three away games this season - their worst record to start a Premier League season.

The German has twice failed to pick up maximum points against Newcastle.

Florian Lejeune returns to contention after shaking off an ankle injury, but Benitez otherwise has no fresh injury concerns with only fellow defenders Paul Dummett (hamstring) and Massadio Haidara (knee) missing.

Adam Lallana is still out with a thigh problem sustained in pre-season, but has posted a positive update this week, which will please Liverpool fans. The club will also be boosted by the return of Aleksandar Mitrovic following a suspension.

One man who is most likely to be inserted into the XI is Jonjo Shelvey, who appeared off the bench at the Amex and impressed.

Liverpool are still without long-term absentees Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana, but Sadio Mane returns from suspension and is nearly certain to start.

Jurgen Klopp's attempts to bring back the good times have yet to pay off, with Liverpool continuing to look unsafe in attack but vulnerable in defence.

Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool's decision not to buy a first-choice striker in the close-season was still the right one.

Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho's superb long range free-kick gave the visitors the lead - his third goal in as many games - before another display of defensive frailty. Benitez will be looking to exploit the visitors' frail back line.

Liverpool Provisional squad: Mignolet, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Robertson, Milner, Grujic, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke.

Liverpool dominated the first half, but they were frustrated by some last-ditch defending from their hosts.

Liverpool have scored more Premier League goals (88) against Newcastle than against any other club, included in those fixtures were two memorable 4-3 games in the mid-nineties.

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