Keita starts as Klopp makes 2 changes | Expected Liverpool line-up vs Everton
Liverpool take on Everton at Anfield this evening. Here is the team we expect Jurgen Klopp to select for the game:
Liverpool will be looking to maintain their lead at the top of the table with a win over Everton at Anfield this evening. Here is the team we expect Jurgen Klopp to select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Liverpool will be forced into a change between the sticks as Alisson Becker is suspended after being sent off against Brighton at the weekend. Therefore, Adrian is set for a recall.
Defence: Klopp is expected to stick with the same back four that played on Saturday as Joel Matip remains out with an on-going knee injury that will keep him on the sidelines for another few weeks.
Dejan Lovren is favourite to start ahead of Joe Gomez while Virgil van Dijk will look to put his Ballon d’Or disappointment behind him with another commanding performance at the back.
I don’t see Liverpool changing their full-backs so Trent Alexander-Arnold should keep his place at right-back while Andrew Robertson is set to start on the opposite flank once again.
Midfield: Liverpool will continue to be without the services of Fabinho as the Brazilian international is facing a spell on the sidelines with a knee ligament injury that he sustained last week.
James Milner is pushing for a recall after being named as a sub on Saturday but I think we’ll see Jordan Henderson continue in the holding role against Everton with Gini Wijnaldum offering support in the middle of the park.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started during the 2-1 win over Brighton at the weekend but I think we might see Naby Keita come in to make a start for the Reds against Everton. Adam Lallana is also pushing for a recall but I think he’ll have to settle for a place on the bench.
Attack: Liverpool are highly unlikely to rest any of their key attackers in the Merseyside derby so I expect Sadio Mane to keep his place while Roberto Firmino will once again lead the line up front.
Mohamed Salah is still trying to get back to his best form after recently recovering from a niggling ankle injury but I still think the Egyptian international will start against Everton this evening.
Divock Origi is an option for Klopp if he wants to freshen things up while Xherdan Shaqiri is also available after recovering from a calf injury but I think they’ll both have to make-do with places on the bench.
Here is how I think Liverpool will line up:
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