The latest on availability of Liverpool trio Mane, Thiago & Keita for Merseyside derby


An update on the fitness of a trio of Liverpool stars has been forthcoming on Monday evening.

Everton vs Liverpool

The first round of Premier League fixtures following the international break is set to be headlined by the Merseyside derby.

Everton will welcome champions Liverpool to Goodison Park, for Saturday’s early kick-off.

And, whilst there is of course always a buzz surrounding the clash, it could be argued that this weekend’s edition of the derby is set to come as the most highly-anticipated in recent memory.

This comes with Everton, for the first time in a long time, looking a genuinely impressive outfit.

With Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, and summer additions James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure firing on all cylinders, the Toffees have enjoyed a wonderful start to the new campaign.

With 7 games played across all competitions, Everton maintain a perfect record, a run which also sees them sitting pretty atop the Premier League table.

Everton’s English striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates after scoring Everton’s first goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on September 13, 2020. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

Liverpool, on the other hand, have endured a somewhat hit and miss start to the defence of their title.

The biggest blip thus far, of course, came two weekends ago, when Jurgen Klopp’s men fell to a staggering 7-2 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.

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As such, as Liverpool go in search of a bounce-back result at the expense of their Mersey rivals this weekend, Klopp will no doubt be eager to have as many as of his key performers available for selection as possible.

And, as outlined above, an update on the fitness of a trio of Reds stars has this evening been forthcoming.

The players in question come in the form of Sadio Mane, Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita.

All 3 returned positive Covid-19 tests over the last couple of weeks.

In the case of both Mane and Thiago, however, their results came prior to the international break, meaning they have had sufficient time to self isolate, and will be available for selection to face Everton.

For Keita, however, the situation remains less clear:

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Everton FC 4 7 12
2 Aston Villa FC 3 9 9
3 Leicester City FC 4 5 9
4 Arsenal FC 4 3 9
5 Liverpool FC 4 0 9
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 7 7
7 Chelsea FC 4 4 7
8 Leeds United 4 1 7
9 Newcastle United FC 4 1 7
10 West Ham United FC 4 4 6
11 Southampton FC 4 -1 6
12 Crystal Palace FC 4 -2 6
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4 -3 6
14 Manchester City FC 3 -1 4
15 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4 -2 3
16 Manchester United FC 3 -6 3
17 West Bromwich Albion 4 -8 1
18 Burnley FC 3 -5 0
19 Sheffield United FC 4 -5 0
20 Fulham FC 4 -8 0
Player Team Goals
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 6
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 6
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 5
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 3
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 3
Rodriguez, James Everton FC 3
Jorginho Chelsea FC 3
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 3
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 3
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 3
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 3
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United FC 3
Costa, Helder Leeds United 2
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 2
Klich, Mateusz Leeds United 2