Predicted Liverpool XI to play Newcastle United - Time to drop Sakho?

Anfield Pitch

Match to be played on Sunday May 11 2014 at 15:00 GMT. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers promised earlier this week that his Liverpool side would be going all out to win the Premier League on the last day of the season.

That means only one thing for the Reds’ game against Newcastle United on Sunday; Rodgers will be looking to field his strongest team, secure an impressive win and hope that West Ham can do them a favour against Manchester City.

Here’s the side Rodgers could go with.

GK – Simon Mignolet

The Belgian has come on leaps and bounds at the club this season, cutting out the errors which have sometimes cost his team.

RB – Glen Johnson

Johnson will be hoping a big performance will put him in the frame to start at the World Cup this summer.

CB – Martin Skrtel

Skrtel needs to do the basics of defending. Liverpool can’t afford any errors so he needs to play safe and sensible football.

CB – Daniel Agger

Agger to come back in could be one of the only changes Rodgers makes to the side. He’s good on the ball and a player Rodgers has shown he trusts throughout the season.

LB – Jon Flanagan

Similarly to Johnson, Flanagan will have an eye on the World Cup. A dominant display here will give Roy Hodgson a big problem.

RM – Raheem Sterling

Sterling has the pace to really hurt Newcastle on the counter attack. He can find the pockets of space and exploit them.

DM – Lucas

Lucas will most likely sit in front of the back four and protect the defence. He can pick off Newcastle attacks at will.

CM – Steven Gerrard

Gerrard will want to lead from the front and ensure that Liverpool do their business, putting as much pressure on Manchester City as possible.

AM – Philippe Coutinho

Rodgers can play on Coutinho’s World Cup exclusion to try and get the best out his playmaker. He can destroy Newcastle if he’s at the top of his game.

LM – Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge may start wide but he’ll get forward and support Luis Suarez when Liverpool are on top.

ST – Luis Suarez

Suarez has won three Player of the Year awards in the recent past and he should be determined to put this match out of sight quickly.

Form Guide

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