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Liverpool v Everton - Preview and possible lineups

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Pin The fixture is usually an incredibly tightly-contested affair. AFP
The fixture is usually an incredibly tightly-contested affair. AFP

Liverpool v Everton - Preview and possible lineups

Matt Morley by Matt Morley @rfutbol - 0 3,441

We take a look ahead to Sunday's Premier League Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield.

TEAM NEWS:

Liverpool: The hosts will be without suspended captain Jordan Henderson after he was sent off in the 3-0 win over Watford last weekend, whilst manager Jurgen Klopp has also admitted that several unnamed players are struggling with knocks following the midweek Champions League defeat to PSG. Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain out with muscle and knee injuries respectively, whilst the out-of-favour Divock Origi is ill.

Everton: Everton have no fresh injury concerns to contend with ahead of the derby, with only Jonjoe Kenny (knock) and James McCarthy (match fitness) any sort of doubts for the game.

WHO'S SAYING WHAT?

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp:

"Silva has the best squad [of all the Everton managers I have faced]. It is the best-tuned squad.

"Analyse Everton and then tell me it will be an easy game. It will be a proper fight but we expect that in the derby. That's how derbies should be.

"Everybody knows about these derbies - players want to be part of it before they join the club, so that’s what we want to use, and of course, the crowd and Anfield as well. It’s at 4.15pm, so it is a good time, dark already, right? Yes, perfect. 

“Everything is there that we need so let’s go out there and fight for each yard, that’s the plan. Of course they were important but they were different games in the past, when it was clear Everton will be very passive, would try to stay deep and all that stuff. 

“That’s not the case now, it will be a proper fight. Open spaces, speed on the other side, speed on the other side, so it will be a proper football game.”

Everton boss Marco Silva:

"We will respect our opponents like we did against Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea. Fear is something that doesn't come inside our dressing room. Respect, yes, but we don't change anything in our way.

"We won't change our ambition or style of play. It is important to enjoy the moment and be strong. We want to win the match and nothing more.

"For sure it will be a really tough match but I want my players to have big motivation. It is a fantastic game to play and our fans will be there with us.

“The players have to play and enjoy the moment. What I don’t want is a word like ‘fear’ in our dressing room. We have to be strong in all the moments in the match to win it but that is all that’s in our minds.

FORM

Did you know?

The game will be the 100th league meeting between the two sides at Anfield. Liverpool have won 43 of those encounters to Everton's 23, with the other 33 ending all square.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 15 league games against Everton, last tasting defeat in October 2010.

The last time Everton won at Anfield came all the way back in 1999, Kevin Campbell scoring the winner in a game that saw three players sent off.

Liverpool have their highest points tally ever at this stage of a Premier League season (33).

The 'Reds' have only conceded one goal at home in the Premier League this season.

Mo Salah could make his 50th Premier League appearance for the club, with only Alan Shearer (Blackburn) and Andy Cole (Newcastle) having scored more goals (41) in their first 50 Premier League  games for a single club than the Egyptian (39).

No Everton manager has ever won their first league game against Liverpool at Anfield.

POSSIBLE LINEUPS:

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Wijnaldum, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Everton: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Gueye, Gomes; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Richarlison.

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