By Coral Barry

Jurgen Klopp has rung the changes once again for Liverpool’s Premier League showdown with Newcastle.

The Reds face a mammoth task on Thursday night as they look to take a huge step towards the Europa League final with a positive result in the first leg of their semi-final clash with Villarreal in Spain and Klopp has made five changes to his starting eleven in preparation for that match.

Philippe Coutinho, Nathaniel Clyne and Lucas Leiva all drop to the bench while Divock Origi begins his rehabilitation after suffering ankle ligament damage during the 4-0 rout against Everton on Wednesday night.

The match has been overshadowed by the news that Mamadou Sakho has failed a drug test and the Frenchman will now watch from the sidelines while UEFA and Liverpool carry out an investigation.

Sakho is replaced by veteran defender Kolo Toure in the heart of the Liverpool defence while 20-year-old full-back Connor Randall is restored to the line-up after he picked up his first league start against Bournemouth a week ago.

Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana keep their place in the side while Daniel Sturridge returns to a starting berth hoping to get his fourth consecutive goal in as many league games and fire his way into the line-up to face Villarreal on Thursday.

Kevin Stewart, 22, also comes back into the team, replacing Lucas in the middle of the park.

In other Liverpool news, the club will travel to Spain without four of their best players.