Four things Klopp got right as Liverpool go top with win over Newcastle

Liverpool climbed back to the top of the Premier League, for now at least, with a 1-0 win over Newcastle.

The Reds once again put the pressure on Manchester City in the title race thanks to Naby Keita's first half strike as the Guinea midfield danced through the Toon defence before slotting past three men on the line.

Jurgen Klopp rang the changes for the trip to the north west, with Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold among those left on the bench. But the gamble paid off as Liverpool picked up all three points, but kept plenty of fresh legs ahead of Tuesday's trip to Villarreal in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals.

Daily Star Sport takes a look at four things Jurgen Klopp got spot on at St James' Park.

Bringing back Keita

Competition is incredibly fierce in Klopp's midfield, with outsiders like Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain barely getting a look in. Keita has lost his role to Thiago in recent weeks, but the Guinean was given a start against Newcastle with the Spaniard rested.

And he took his chance well, finding the back of the net in smart fashion, and giving Klopp plenty to think about for Tuesday's trip to Villarreal.

Resting key men

Eyebrows were raised when so many key men were rested; Salah, Alexander-Arnold, Thiago and Fabinho those who would usually play.

If Liverpool had come up short, Klopp would no doubt have been hounded for such a decision. But as things worked out, the German will be delighted to have his star players fit and raring to go.

Trying Diaz on the right

Luis Diaz has spent the majority of his playing time at Liverpool on the left, with Salah on the right and Diogo Jota or Sadio Mane through the middle. But the Colombian was given a chance on the right against Newcastle, with Jota and Mane taking their preferred slots.

Diaz didn't excel on the right, but the only way of knowing his best position is to give it a go.

Grinding it out

It wasn't a vintage Liverpool performance against Newcastle. But they picked up maximum points, which is all Klopp can ask for at this stage of the season and with as many games played as they have.

Titles are won by picking up three points when you're not at the races, and this was a display that typifies a title-winning side.

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