How we expect Liverpool to line up against Everton in Merseyside derby

The derby comes too soon for Curtis Jones (eye), Roberto Firmino (thigh), Joe Gomez (calf) and Naby Keita (thigh), plus Harvey Elliott (ankle), but Jurgen Klopp noted that his recovering stars have all made good progress in recent days.

The Liverpool manager told reporters: “Everybody came through [the Southampton game] well, as far as I know. The boys are getting closer, all the boys are getting closer.

“I think especially Joe is not too far away from team training, Naby is not too far away from team training, and then Bobby needs probably another week to do more football stuff.

“With Curtis, it’s just not in our hands. Curtis is completely fine, he’s doing what he’s allowed to do. If you asked Curtis, he could go out and run a marathon, but it’s just not allowed in the moment. We have to wait until the doctors give us the green light.”

The main selection question is whether Klopp goes with Joel Matip or Ibrahima Konate to partner Virgil van Dijk in defence, with the role shared evenly between the two centre-backs over the last three games.

Predicted Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane.

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