Liverpool could be boosted by the return of Thiago to their midfield when they travel to Southampton on Monday night

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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