Liverpool will play hosts to their local rivals, Everton at Anfield in what could prove to be a highly entertaining Merseyside derby on Sunday afternoon. The Reds come into this game on the back of a bitter 2-1 away defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek. Jurgen Klopp would hope for an immediate response versus the Toffees this weekend, but it won’t be easy for the home team as Marco Silva’s side have been playing some fantastic football in recent weeks.
Klopp will opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation for this crucial derby and might bring back both Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri into his starting XI.
4-2-3-1 Liverpool Predicted Lineup To Face Everton
Alisson Becker will resume his responsibilities in goal for the Reds after conceding two goals against PSG on Wednesday night. The Brazilian keeper did well to pull off some world-class saves to keep his team in the contest, but his valiant contributions were not enough for Liverpool to come away with a result from Paris.
The solid centre-half duo of Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez is expected to resume their excellent partnership at the centre of Klopp’s backline. Trent Alexander-Arnold was rested in midweek so he will feature from the get-go in the Merseyside derby this weekend. Andrew Robertson has arguably been Liverpool’s best player this season and going by his recent form; he would be a definite starter at left-back.
Dejan Lovren might start on the bench but could come on during the match if needed.
James Milner and Fabinho will operate as the work-horses at the middle of the pitch. Both of them would be responsible for shielding the Liverpool backline while also supplying ammunition to the front players.
Naby Keita is still nursing his way back to full fitness so he will start on the bench, but Jordan Henderson is suspended for this contest following his red card against Watford last weekend.
Roberto Firmino might operate in the number 10 position while Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri would look to threaten on either flank. Mohamed Salah should lead the lines up top as he would hope to use his pace to run behind the Toffees backline at every chance he gets on Sunday.
The Liverpool frontline needs to get their act together soon as they are yet to hit top gear this season. If they can start scoring goals on a consistent basis like last season, then there might be a chance for the Reds to win some silverware this term.