Fabian Schar may be the man of the moment, but it is Mr Dependable, Paul Dummett, who could be crucial to Newcastle’s chances of picking up a positive result at Liverpool on Saturday.

Schar has been picking up the accolades during the international break for his top-drawer performances for Switzerland, and will obviously be in the starting XI for the Anfield trip.

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But Dummett has been outstanding so far this season, and has quietly gone about his work, while becoming a linchpin of the defensive mechanism for the Magpies.

I have long-thought that centre-back is his best position, and that has been proved throughout 2019, with his consistently solid displays.

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But if Newcastle are to get at least a point on Merseyside, switching Paul Dummett out to left-back, at the expense of Jetro Willems, could be a shrewd move for Steve Bruce.

Willems has started to perform well in the absence of Matt Ritchie, but with Newcastle likely to be predominantly defending on Saturday, Dummett would be a better choice.


Federico Fernandez could come in to keep the five-man defensive formation

It would also allow Bruce to bring Federico Fernandez into the middle, to take Dummett’s usual spot, thus keeping the five at the back formation.

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It would automatically give the side a more resiliant look to it, and would be the best way, in my opinion, to nullify the threat of Liverpool’s attacking trio.

For the same defensive reason, I would stick with Emil Krafth on the right, even if DeAndre Yedlin is fit enough to challenge for a place in the side.

Whether Bruce will see it similarly, remains to be seen, but little tactical surprises like that can catch the opposing manager out, and win plaudits from everyone, should the change bring about a good result.

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