Liverpool team news confirmed as Konate & Jota start

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Liverpool have enjoyed a positive return to club football following the international break, finding themselves only four points behind league leaders Chelsea.

An impressive 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal preceding a 2-0 win at Anfield against FC Porto to extend the club’s record of scoring two or more goals in a tie to 16 consecutive fixtures.

Coming up against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton outfit, the challenge will be to avoid another potential banana skin of a clash comparable to that of the draws conceded to Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford.

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Ahead of Alisson Becker between the sticks, Virgil van Dijk returns to the backline as expected alongside Ibrahima Konate.

In the middle of the park, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain loses his spot to skipper Jordan Henderson (despite a positive run of form), with Fabinho jumping back in for an impressive Tyler Morton and Thiago Alcantara holding on to his place.

Up top, Diogo Jota returns to the first-XI alongside Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.

You can catch the full team news below, courtesy of Liverpool’s official Twitter account:

#Ep23 of The Red Nets Podcast: Porto review, Liverpool’s best midfield trio… and more!

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