The starting lineups of both Everton and Liverpool for this afternoon’s Merseyside derby have been announced, with Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp making a number of changes to the side who dispatched of Manchester City in sensational fashion during the week.
The Merseyside rivals are set to go head to head at Goodison Park in today’s early kick-off, with hosts Everton coming into proceedings in 9th-place in the Premier League table.
The Toffees fell to a disappointing 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Manchester City in their last outing, having picked up consecutive victories over Brighton and Stoke City in their two previous fixtures.
Liverpool, meanwhile, as mentioned above, shocked the masses with a stunning 3-0 win over Premier League champions-elect Manchester City in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday night, courtesy of a blitzing opening half-hour at Anfield.
Goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane did the damage on the night, with the Reds set to travel to the Etihad as clear favourites to advance to the semi-finals of Europe’s top-tier competition.
As such, unsurprisingly, Liverpool’s Champions League ventures have had a major effect on the starting lineup opted for by Jurgen Klopp for this afternoon’s Merseyside derby.
The German tactician is without star man Mohamed Salah, who picked up a groin injury versus Man City on Wednesday, while he has also opted to rest fellow attacker Roberto Firmino, meaning there are rare starts for both Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke.
Elsewhere, Nathaniel Clyne steps in at right-back in place of Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the English international set for his first start of the season following a long-term back injury.
Ragnar Klavan is the other change in Liverpool’s back-four, with the experienced Estonian coming in for Andy Robertson, while Gigi Wijnaldum replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield in Klopp’s final switch from mid-week:
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Everton, meanwhile, line up as follows:
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