Liverpool have confirmed the return of key player Sadio Mane and recent signing Thiago Alcantara to training. Both recently tested positive for Covid-19 and were forced to self-isolate, but both are now back at Melwood ahead of the weekend.
The Reds were without the influential duo in their most recent Premier League match, which ended in a dismal defeat. Aston Villa fired seven goals past the reigning champions, who struggled with performances all over the park. As they head into the weekend, Everton wait to host them at Goodison Park.
Their Merseyside rivals are currently in fiery form and top the Premier League table on maximum points. Carlo Ancelotti is spearheading the Toffees to a perfect start and they will definitely fancy a win on home soil over their neighbours. Jurgen Klopp must make sure the Villa defeat doesn’t rest on his side’s shoulders.
Mohamed Salah was responsible for both goals scored at Villa Park as the team lacked the support of Mane on the opposite wing. With both now fit and firing, Everton won’t want to make many mistakes as they will be on high alert for the infamous Liverpool counterattack.
Thiago will equally be a strong asset and could start alongside Jordan Henderson in the midfield. With Fabinho protecting them in front of the defence, it will allow the pair to power forwards and contribute to the attack. If the Blues are instructed to heavily defend, it will take a lot to break down their backline.
Naby Keita was recently confirmed to have tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the derby. Given his recent positive form he will be a miss in the middle of the park, but Thiago will be a suitable replacement for conjuring up the creative play to feed Liverpool’s front three.