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Miguel Almiron should return to Newcastle starting XI vs Liverpool

Despite scoring the winner against Crystal Palace, Miguel Almiron found himself on the Newcastle bench against Norwich.

The Paraguayan was dropped in favour of Jacob Murphy, with Eddie Howe shuffling his pack for the trip to Carrow Road.

Howe made four changes to his starting XI, but it didn’t make a difference. The Toon won again, and the players brought in by the manager justified their selection.

However, there will likely be changes once again this weekend when title-chasing Liverpool head to St James’ Park.

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Fabian Schar, Jonjo Shelvey and Chris Wood will all hope to be recalled, but the player who needs to start the most is Almiron. And he deserves a recall.

Miguel Almiron needs chance to continue excellent Newcastle form

Before the trip to Norwich, Almiron was enjoying his own Toon renaissance, similar to the one experienced by Joelinton, Emil Krafth and various others.

The 28-year-old has finally impressed under Eddie Howe, having seen his chances limited.

But he’s featuring more now, combining well with Bruno Guimaraes and bagging a stunning winner against Crystal Palace. The goal certainly impressed Howe, who called the strike ‘incredible‘.

Following his heroics last time out at SJP, it was a surprise to see him benched. But the game with Norwich was a good opportunity for Howe to shuffle his team. Unfortunately, that left Almiron on the bench.

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He did come on in the second half, and looked lively as the Toon cruised to a 3-0 victory.

The Liverpool game will certainly be a lot tougher, and Howe should recall Almiron to the starting XI. Murphy was okay against Norwich, but did nothing to suggest he should be playing ahead of Miggy.

The Paraguay international is fighting for his future at the moment, and it looks like he could win that battle if he continues to impress. Before his upturn in fortunes, he was linked with a move away from the North East.

Momentum is vital for Almiron, which is why he needs to start against the Reds. With his infectious work rate and desire, he’ll be vital in stifling a Liverpool side that will do whatever it takes to get all three points.

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