Thiago set to return to starting line up against Southampton

Champions Liverpool face a difficult trip to Southampton on Monday with manager Jurgen Klopp set to freshen things up after a dull performance at Newcastle.

That game followed similarly frustrating draws against Fulham and West Brom, suggesting the intensity of fixtures and growing injury list, could be taking its toll. Although they still just about set the pace, the Premier League has not yet reached the halfway point so there is a lot of football to come.

Thiago Alcantara made his long-awaited comeback in the nil-nil draw after more than two months out with a knee injury and is expected to make only his second start of the season, alongside Georginio Wijnaldum and Xherdan Shaqiri.

There is good news for Southampton who are set to have Ralph Hasenhuttl back in the dugout for Monday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool at St Mary’s.

The Saints Boss has been cleared to end his period of self-isolation after his wife tested positive for a Covid-19 test meaning he missed the draw with West Ham.

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The Reds squad is still blighted by injuries as 2020 comes to an end with Diogo Jota, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez all out for the foreseeable.

Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara is back in training following a knee injury with Klopp confident he should see some action in this one.

As for The Baggies, life back in the West Midlands started with defeat for Allardyce as they were brushed off by Aston Villa last time out.

Skipper Jake Livermore begins a three-match ban after being sent off in that one with Matheus Pereira back in contention following his own time on the naughty step.

Add with Big Sam looking to get his new squad right back to basics in the weeks to come, veteran war horse Branislav Ivanovic could also come back in.

And it’s all set to go at Anfield with a 4.30pm Kick Off.