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Jurgen Klopp To Get His Wish, Mane And Thiago Are The Keys

Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool during the training session at Melwood Training Ground Photo: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images
After what happened the last time Liverpool played, everyone connected with the club was in need a well-deserved morale boost. On Monday it was rumoured that Thiago Alcântara and Sadio Mané have returned to training and this is a great hope for the reds.

The humiliation at Villa Park left all of us feeling empty, confused and struggling to comprehend what exactly happened. It hasn’t helped having a two-week break with no club football to take your mind off things and put right the wrongs from that evening. When Jürgen Klopp’s men go to Goodison Park to face local rivals Everton this weekend, there will be a host of returning faces ideally available for selection, or in contention at the very least. There will still be no Alisson Becker which in itself is a big blow, but the return of Mané and Thiago would give everyone connected at Liverpool a confidence boost.

You could see what effect Mané can have on a game just by watching his performance against Arsenal. Dictating pretty much every key moment of the match, even in defence he set the tone for tracking back and helping out defenders. That influence was greatly missed at Villa Park and would be more than welcome for the trip across Stanley Park. 

We are still yet to see the full effect that Thiago can have on this Liverpool team, even though the 45-minute cameo against Chelsea left us all purring and desperate for more. Coming up against a sturdy Carlo Ancelotti team, Thiago could well provide the creative spark in midfield that was lacking against Aston Villa. Let’s not forget another player who was missing at Villa Park. Skipper Jordan Henderson so often helps organise the whole team, and his absence was more than noticeable. 

This time round, Liverpool will have multiple options hopefully in contention to at least make the matchday squad. It will look like a completely different Liverpool team, certainly for the better. It cannot be underestimated the morale boost that even a single key player returning can have on the mood around the training ground, let alone three all at once. 

Liverpool need to become unpredictable, something which Klopp and Pep Lijnders were calling for before the season even began. They will get their wish for the trip to Goodison, that’s for sure. Can anyone be sure what line-up Klopp will pick to face for the Merseyside derby? You can try, but the chances that you will be right are slim.

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