How former roommates can go head-to-head tonight at St Mary's

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Liverpool midfielder Thiago (Pic: PA)
Liverpool midfielder Thiago (Pic: PA)

ORIOL Romeu could be set to go up against his former roommate in Liverpool ace Thiago tonight, when the Reds visit St Mary’s in hunt of the Premier League title.

The Spanish midfielder and his side know that only a win keeps their championship ambitions alive, with Manchester City four points clear at the table’s summit.

Although only registering one goal and three assists, 31-year-old Thiago has pulled the strings for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the run-in – helping them win two and stay in two more competitions.

German manager Klopp could make changes to his team for the visit to St Mary’s, Saints’ final home game of the season, with the final day and a Champions League final still to come.

Ralph Hasenhuttl may also plot to rotate 30-year-old Romeu with French midfielder Ibrahima Diallo, but if the two go head-to-head it will be former living partners warring.

Daily Echo: Saints midfielder Oriol Romeu (Pic: Sean Ryan)
Daily Echo: Saints midfielder Oriol Romeu (Pic: Sean Ryan)

Saints midfielder Oriol Romeu (Pic: Sean Ryan)

“We shared a room for a few months and then his family came over and he moved out with them,” Romeu told The Athletic.

“We played together for four or five years. When we see each other, we talk a lot but we haven’t really kept in touch since we all went our different ways.

“What caught my attention was how mature he was at such a young age. His father had a lot to do with that and, even though he was young, he could already speak English. He had a lot of sense.”

Thiago joined Barcelona’s La Masia academy in 2005 from Brazilian side Flamengo, while Romeu had joined a year earlier.

Thiago went on to play 46 times for Spain, winning almost every trophy he has ever competed for.

Saints now stand in the way of the maestro helping guide his Kop side, whom he joined in 2020, to an unprecedented quadruple.

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