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Thiago to return? - How Liverpool could line up against Inter

Thiago hasn't played for Liverpool since the League Cup victory over Chelsea a couple of weeks ago

Liverpool could welcome Thiago Alcantara back from injury for this week's crunch Champions League knockout stage second leg fixture against Inter.

The Spain international has not played since the League Cup final victory against Chelsea when he was withdrawn before extra-time due to injury.

Jurgen Klopp may decide to throw Thiago back into the starting XI for such a vital European game.

Also back in contention to feature for Liverpool is Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian picked up a muscular injury in the first leg against Inter and has not played since, missing five games in a row.

Joel Matip missed the weekend victory against West Ham due to illness, and although he may be back in training, Ibrahima Konate could continue in defence after impressing on Saturday.

In the first leg at San Siro, Liverpool secured a 2-0 away victory thanks to goals from Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

Alisson will start in goal behind a likely back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk and Andy Robertson.

Should Thiago be restored to the starting XI, it will likely be at the expense of Naby Keita, with Jordan Henderson and Fabinho retaining their places from the weekend.

Klopp has an embarrassment of riches in attack now, and must select three from Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz, Firmino and Diogo Jota.

It may be Mane and Firmino to feature on the bench for this one.

Predicted Liverpool XI versus Inter

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Inter
  Average Match Rating  
8.0
  Home  
7.4
7.2
  Away  
7.2
7.7
  Total  
7.3

Match statistics

Liverpool
Statistics
Inter
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
16
12
Draws
3
4
Losses
1
4
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
43
35
Goals Per Game
2.15
1.75
More > 2.5 Goals
11
9
More > 3 Goals
9
4
Scored First in a Match
12
11
Scored Both Halves
9
9
Won More > 1 Goal
10
7
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
14
14
Did Not Score
3
6
Both Teams Scored
9
6
Kept Clean Sheet
10
11
Won Without Conceding
9
8
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
795
754
Possession
61
59
Passes
605
580
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
19
18
Shots on Target
6.33
6.89
Goals out of Shots
0.11
0.09
Crosses
21
23
Offsides
1.94
2.31
Penalties
0.25
0.15
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.50
0.55
Tackles Won
6.22
8.15
Clearances
13
10
Interceptions
9.11
10
Own Goals
0.00
0.05
Aerials Won
17
14
Total Shots Conceded
7.44
9.90
Shots on Target Conceded
3.19
2.90
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.08
0.08
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
9.06
12
Yellow Cards
1.15
1.35
Red Cards
0.05
0.05

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