Liverpool Have To Deliver Against Everton, Insists Jurgen Klopp

Coleman'Everton due a win over Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk enjoyed a memorable Liverpool debut as he netted the winning goal in a 2-1 FA Cup triumph for Jurgen Klopp's men in early January. In all the derbies I have played so far, one [player] has thought I need to do this overly hard.

Sam Allardyce has a number of pressing injury concerns to deal with ahead of the visit of Liverpool.

Everton: Probable - Gueye (hamstring). Mason Holgate (ankle), Eliaquim Mangala (knee), James McCarthy (leg) and Maarten Stekelenburg (groin) are the other absentee. Tom Davies would be the most likely option to shore things up, while Ashley Williams could return at the back after suspension. Wayne Rooney will be all fired up for this clash and might feature in a slightly more advanced role this time around. "You can only be focused on the next game and that's Everton".

For Liverpool, Gini Wijnaldum's drive and passing from midfield will be key.

"Everton, fresh from their own football lesson against Pep Guardiola's team, will hope Liverpool's physical exertions will help their cause".

The Egypt worldwide has since undergone extensive rehabilitation on the knee injury to ensure he is ready for next Tuesday's return leg at the Etihad Stadium.

Adam Lallana, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Emre Can join Salah on the sidelines and won't be fit for selection either.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, in particular, will look to drift inwards into spaces created by Firmino whenever the Brazilian drops deep.

The German manager has been traditionally successful against the Toffees, overseeing four victories and one draw in the meetings between the two sides in all competitions.

Everton have the worst goal difference (-15) of any Premier League team in the top half of the table.

Very one-sided. Everton haven't won a game against the Reds in over seven years and will want to do something about that.

A win on Saturday, however, would strengthen the Reds' chances of finishing comfortably in a top-four position and provide the satisfaction of beating their nearest rivals twice in one season.

But Wijnaldum said that although it was a big game it was not as key as a Premier League clash against United, now second in the Premier League, would be.

Sitting 26 points behind their neighbours in the league, and devoid of much inspiration since Sam Allardyce's appointment, they look unlikely to change that here.

Time to set things right.

It is the 231st Merseyside derby.

Everton do not have any lofty ambitions left from their campaign, and should play without pressure.