Liverpool have Merseyside derby secret weapon as Thiago and Mane send Everton message

Liverpool take on Everton in the Merseyside derby this Saturday when the Premier League returns with Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara both fit again after testing positive for coronavirus. But the Reds could have a secret weapon that the Toffees need to be afraid of.

Mane and Thiago both took to social media this week as they returned to Liverpool training.

Mane posted: “Happy to be back”.

Thiago had the same message saying: “Back on track”.

It has left Liverpool fans excited for the Merseyside derby this weekend but there is also one more reason the Reds should be confident.

Mohamed Salah has had two weeks to recharge after staying at the club during the international break.

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Egypt were not in action meaning the Liverpool winger has had time to get himself in the best shape possible.

Everton currently top the Premier League after a fine start to the season adding even more anticipation to one of the biggest fixtures on the football calendar.

Carlo Ancelotti has made a number of impressive signings including that of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

That has helped Everton to four straight wins at the start of the Premier League campaign.

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Meanwhile, Salah has been hailed by Liverpool team-mate Roberto Firmino while he was on international duty with Brazil.

“I admire Salah a lot,” Firmino told FIFA.com.

“I love the way he plays. He scores a lot of goals. You wouldn’t believe how hard he works.

“I’m very grateful to play alongside him and Mane, another magnificent player.”

Firmino also thinks that Alisson – currently injured and out of the Everton match on Saturday – is the best goalkeeper in the world.

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He added: “For me, he’s the number one. I’m not just saying that because he’s my teammate.

“The things he does on the pitch are incredible. He’s already done a great job for the Selecao.

“And off the pitch he’s a sensational guy. He’s a great person, a great friend, someone I get on with really well.”

Liverpool take on Everton at 12.30pm on Saturday in what is an eagerly awaited Merseyside derby.

If the Toffees were to win they would move six points clear of the Reds and quite possibly establish themselves as top four contenders.

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