Thiago is set to make his long-awaited first start in the Liverpool shirt, while Sadio Mane returns to the starting XI as the Reds prepare to take on Everton.
Jurgen Klopp has made four changes to the team that started in the 7-2 humbling against Aston Villa at Villa Park. The first of these changes comes in the form of Thiago Alcantara, making his first start in a Liverpool shirt after recovering from COVID-19.
The Spanish international was signed in the summer window, but was ruled out after making a 45-minute cameo against Chelsea on 20th September. Jordan Henderson, too, returns to the lineup, replacing the injured Naby Keita, while Fabinho retains his place as the anchor man in the midfield triumvirate alongside his captain and Thiago.
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Diogo Jota, who started on the left wing in place of Sadio Mane, will start on the bench as the Senegalese returns to the starting XI after recovering from the Coronavirus. Mane will be accompanied by Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, both of whom started the game against Villa before the international break.
With Alisson out injured, Adrian will take his place in the six-yard box with the gloves, hoping to win over the Anfield faithfuls finally. He will be guarded by Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip, who comes in for Joe Gomez in the heart of the Liverpool defence. No changes out wide, as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, start as the right and left-sided full-backs, respectively.
Liverpool Starting Lineup: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Mane
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