Jurgen Klopp’s team went down very well on Twitter this evening, with a win needed at Southampton to retake our spot at the top of the Premier League table.
The German went with Fabinho in holding midfield, with Naby Keita and Gini Wijnaldum either side – when most expected the Guinean to be on the bench.
Keita hasn’t started a game in the Premier League since our 3-0 victory over Bournemouth back in February, with injuries again derailing his progress.
In all honesty, it’s been a season to forget on an individual basis for the £50m midfielder, but the fact he’s starting tonight shows Klopp is willing to put trust in the 24-year-old during our title run-in.
Elsewhere, the team is as expected, with Trent and Robbo at fullback, Matip partnering van Dijk – and the usual front-three up top.
⭐️ TEAM NEWS ⭐️
Our line-up to face @SouthamptonFC…
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 5, 2019
I case you aren’t following, Naby Keita has the highest quality involvement in our attacking play per 100 touches in our squad. Despite his poor form
— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) April 5, 2019
Looks like it was meant to be Adam Lallana but he picked up an injury (shock!). Huge chance for Naby Keita now. Let’s hope he can take it, he’s got the quality for sure.
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) April 5, 2019
If Keita has been struggling with confidence, then Klopp picking him in a massive game in a title race should give him a boost
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) April 5, 2019
Today is the day. Naby Deco Keita. It's time.
— Natsu (@natsulendo) April 5, 2019
YESSSS KEITA, GINI AND FABINHO ALL STARTING! https://t.co/IidgTHEfo6
— ^ 🔴 (@VintageVirgil04) April 5, 2019
Fabinho, Keita and Wijnaldum all starting… FINALLY!👏🏽👏🏽
— Jake (@JakeBCarney) April 5, 2019
— KangBrosTV (@KangBrosTV) April 5, 2019