We don’t use the default Chrome new tab page because of Chrome extension limitations. Extensions are not allowed to run code on the special “new tab page” for security reasons. So if we left the default new tab page, most commands wouldn’t work and you wouldn’t see the live text.
There is one potential workaround for this, having a version of LipSurf that overrides the new tab page and injects the necessary LipSurf script. I’m not sure that would work well for you though, as it seems you use another extension to override the new tab page already? Is that correct?
I think the solution I proposed above, having a configurable new tab url via LipSurf would work for you. With that feature, you would simply go into the LipSurf options and set a URL for the new tab page under the new tab command.