Liverpool’s strongest XI for closest Everton derby clash in years

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may have something of a selection headache this weekend as he aims to knock Merseyside rivals Everton off the top of the Premier League table.

The Toffees have got off to a flyer this season and are at the summit having won their first four matches.

Reigning Prem champions Liverpool were humbled in their last outing, thrashed 7-2 by Aston Villa.

But the Reds will be buoyed by their recent records against their city rivals, with Everton not winning a derby since back in 2010.

Klopp’s side only managed a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park back in June but the Liverpool boss will be hoping for more this time around.

He is set to start Adrian in goal again despite the seven goals conceded against Villa with Alisson remaining on the sidelines.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson are guaranteed starters at full-back as is Virgil van Dijk in the middle of defence.

Klopp is likely to choose Joe Gomez to partner the Dutchman, though may opt with Fabinho if he wants an extra body in midfield.

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Should Gomez start then Fabinho could be joined by Jordan Henderson and summer signing Thiago Alcantara in the middle of the park.

Thiago is back in training having previously tested positive for Covid-19, as is star forward Sadio Mane.

So expect Klopp to opt for his usual front three with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino up top with Mane.

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There will be plenty of options on the bench with the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Diogo Jota available while Joel Matip may also return to the squad.

Predicted Liverpool XI vs Everton: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

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