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Ian Wright names Jurgen Klopp’s dream Liverpool midfield partnership

Ian Wright believes Jurgen Klopp will have been ‘dreaming’ of seeing Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara play together in midfield for Liverpool.

The Reds’ campaign has been heavily distributed by injuries, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Diogo Jota all spending time on the sidelines.

However, it is the injuries sustained to Van Dijk, Gomez and Joel Matip that have caused the most damage to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Van Dijk underwent surgery at the end of October on anterior cruciate ligament damage sustained after a challenge by Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby earlier that month.

Gomez also went under the knife in November after suffering his own serious knee injury away on international duty with England.

While Matip was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign last month, after picking up an ankle ligament injury against Tottenham Hotspur at the end of January.

As a result, the Liverpool boss has been forced into playing Jordan Henderson and Fabinho in defence for much of this season, while Thiago has also spent time on sidelines.

Arriving in the summer from Bayern Munich, the former Barcelona star has seen his first campaign for the Reds disrupted by injury and Covid.

But following the deadline day arrival of Ozan Kabak, as well as the emergence of Nat Phillips, Klopp has been able to play Fabinho alongside the Spanish international in recent weeks.

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And Wright believes the pairing of the two in the middle of the pitch could help Liverpool’s forwards return to their best.

“To see Fabinho and Thiago in the midfield is something he would have been dreaming of Jurgen Klopp and now it’s finally happening,” he told the Kelly and Wrighty Show.

Before he continued on Liverpool’s forwards: “Hopefully that will be enough to trigger the front guys.”

While speaking after Liverpool’s Champions League second-leg victory over RB Leipzig, Klopp was quick to praise Thiago for his performance at the Puskas Arena.

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He said: “I assume when you all look at Liverpool from Germany, people say it’s (the problems) to do with Thiago or whatever – that’s rubbish.

“For the players who were new, they always needed time to get used to our gameplan but Thiago doesn’t have that.

“But he improves week on week. It is not a short-term project, it is a long-term project and it was good.”

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