James Pearce – ‘Sturridge deseres place after impact substitute performances against Leicester and Spartak’
I’d start Daniel Sturridge at St James’ Park.
Despite missing a few chances but the team looked a lot better when he came on against Leicester and Spartak Moscow .
Roberto Firmino has looked jaded so I’d give the Brazilian attacker a breather and play Sturridge in the front three with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah either side of him.
Gini Wijnaldum should start in midfield alongside Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson against his former club.
Simon Mignolet has to come in for Loris Karius and Joe Gomez for Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back.
My team (4-3-3): Mignolet, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Mane, Sturridge, Salah
Joe Rimmer – ‘Wijnaldum can end awayday hoodoo’
Can Dan be the man to shoot down Newcastle ? I think he can.
Granted, he missed a couple of big chances against Spartak Moscow, but he still managed to get into good positions and I’d still back him to score if given those opportunities again.
Roberto Firmino can be rested and also be a decent option for the Reds from the bench.
I’ve also got a feeling Gini Wijnaldum will end that away day goalscoring hoodoo at his old home ground so he’s in the midfield alongside Jordan Henderson.
Joe Gomez starts at right back and I’d bring in Andrew Robertson for another start at left-back.
My team (4-3-3): Mignolet, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Mane, Sturridge, Salah
Kristian Walsh – ‘It’s time for Sturridge’
It is time to give Daniel Sturridge an opportunity from the start.
He wasn’t at his sharpest against Spartak Moscow – missing a chance late on that he usually finishes in his sleep – but after a couple of poor Roberto Firmino performances, the England international should be given the nod.
Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are obvious accomplices up front alongside him, while Philippe Coutinho can continue in his midfield role. Jordan Henderson sits as the number six and I’m giving Gini Wijnaldum a start against his former club. He’ll be fresh after substitute duty in Russia and Emre Can looked leggy.
At the back, Joe Gomez should be fresh and can start at right back, with the rest of the back line as you were in the Premier League .