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Thiago to start? - How Liverpool could line-up against Southampton

The Spanish midfielder played 17 minutes against Newcastle but is expected to start against The Saints as he makes his way back to full fitness

 
8:00am on Sunday 3rd January 2021
By
Emmet Gates

Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara is expected to start for Jurgen Klopp's side against Southampton.

Thiago has barely played for Liverpool since his €25m signing from Bayern Munich due to a knee injury.

The Champions League winner played 17 minutes against Newcastle in Liverpool's last game, and is believed to be handed his first start since the Mersey side derby in October.

Joel Matip is out through injury, so Fabinho is still expected to play in central defence for the English champions. He will likely be partnered by Rhys Williams. Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will occupy their usual positions at right and left back.

Thiago will be joined in midfield by Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum. James Milner is doubtful with a knock.

Liverpool's usual front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are all expected to start for the champions. The trio have netted 24 goals between them in the Premier League so far this season.

Diogo Jota could come off the bench, should Klopp's side find it difficult to break Southampton down.

The £40m signing from Wolves has settled into life at Anfield seamlessly, scoring five league goals in nine appearances thus far.

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