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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Two Liverpool stars set to return to first team, ahead of Watford game at Anfield

Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold are both set for recalls as Jurgen Klopp prepares to ring the changes for Liverpool's Premier League showdown with Watford at Anfield.



Guinea international Keita is expected to be restored to the Reds' midfield on Wednesday night after being an unused substitute in Sunday's dour stalemate with Manchester United.

Klopp explained that he went with a midfield trio of captain Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum at Old Trafford as a result of United's “physical strength” and “the need to be mature in these games”.



However, seventh placed Watford will provide a different type of test and Keita's freshness and ability to provide a creative spark will be important after the Reds fired blanks against both Bayern Munich and United.

Alexander-Arnold should also be restored to the starting line up at right-back after Klopp opted to play James Milner there at the weekend.

The Reds boss insisted he was concerned about the prospect of the 20-year-old Academy graduate playing three games in the space of a week so soon after recovering from a knee problem.

However, Liverpool sorely missed Alexander-Arnold's energy and quality deliveries from wide areas with Milner struggling to have any impact in the final third.

Alexander-Arnold scored in the 3-0 win Liverpool enjoyed over Watford at Vicarage Road back in November.
Klopp must also decide how best to cope without striker Roberto Firmino, who is highly unlikely to feature due to an ankle injury.

Xherdan Shaqiri could be drafted in on the right with Mohamed Salah switching to a central role.

Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are also options for Klopp through the middle if he wants to keep Salah out wide.

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