Jurgen Klopp ponders Thiago Alcantara switch as Liverpool consider defensive change

Liverpool kept up their Premier League title challenge with a memorable win over Everton on Wednesday night.

Mohamed Salah scored twice and Jordan Henderson and Diogo Jota also netted as the Reds cruised to a 4-1 triumph at Goodison.

Liverpool will now aim for a fifth successive victory when they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

And here we look ahead to the changes Jurgen Klopp could make when his team are next in action.

With Liverpool in the midst of a hectic run of fixtures between now and the New Year, rotation is likely to remain a regular feature in the coming weeks.

The forthcoming Champions League clash at AC Milan on Tuesday would seem ripe for change with the Reds having long qualified as group winners.

But Klopp has always maintained the turnaround from Wednesday to Saturday is a particularly difficult one with which to cope, suggesting there will be some freshening up of the starting line-up at Molineux.

Alisson Becker will remain in goal, while Neco Williams will most likely have to wait until the San Siro to edge ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back.

So too Kostas Tsimikas at left-back with Andy Robertson having reasserted his dominance in the position.

At centre-back, though, Ibrahima Konate could challenge Joel Matip for a starting role alongside Virgil van Dijk, with Nat Phillips another option. Joe Gomez returned to training this week after a calf problem but it may be too early for a start.

Midfield could be the area of the team that sees greater rotation.

Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson have impressed when starting together in the last two games.

Liverpool, though, are being mindful of Thiago’s minutes and may rest him to the bench after four successive starts in less than a fortnight.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is challenging hard for a role although given James Milner is suspended for the Milan match, the veteran is likely to be given minutes at Molineux.

Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones are still not ready to return to action, but Naby Keita has returned to training after a hamstring issue.

With Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane in such devastating form, there seems little call to tinker with the forward line.

Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino have been picking up minutes in recent weeks and are almost certain to feature in Milan with Roberto Firmino out.

However, should Klopp opt for a change at Wolves, Origi seems the most likely to come in, with Mane perhaps dropping to the bench.

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