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Stars to return – How Liverpool could line up against Newcastle

Liverpool may be able to welcome Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino back to the squad for Thursday’s Premier League contest with Newcastle United.

The Reds strikers are dealing with knee and thigh problems respectively but are both thought to have good chances of making the cut for the midweek battle.

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However, the trio of Curtis Jones, Nat Phillips and Harvey Elliott will play no part for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they remain out with long-term issues.

Amid the hectic winter schedule, it would not be surprising to see Kostas Tsimikas and Ibrahima Konate handed opportunities to impress in defence as Andy Robertson and Joel Matip are rested.

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The same can be said for Naby Keita in the engine room, with Klopp likely to be cautious over the fitness of the injury-plagued Thiago Alcantara as Fabinho and Jordan Henderson hold their places.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was handed a start in the final third for the win over Aston Villa, but Diogo Jota will expect to return to the first XI for the visit of the Magpies.

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Mohamed Salah’s penalty against Villa saw him bag a goal or assist for the 14th Premier League game in a row, and the Egyptian will aim to equal Jamie Vardy’s record of 15 on Thursday.

Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Keita, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Jota, Mane

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