By Adam Brown – @AdamMNVi
The first Merseyside Derby of the season takes place on Saturday with Liverpool taking on league leaders, Everton.
Klopp will be eager to get back to winning ways after the Reds’ outing against Aston Villa with the Liverpool squad boosted by the return of key players.
Thiago Alcantara has recovered from Covid-19 and has trained this week. Jordan Henderson also returns and featured for England during the international break. It would be unsurprising if the two were to start on Saturday as part of a midfield shuffle.
A switch in midfield could mean the deployment of Fabinho at centre-back after the Brazilian’s performance against Timo Werner.
Competition for places in the Liverpool side is greater than ever where bad performances can put places at risk. Gomez has come under criticism, and while the young defender could have done better against Ollie Watkins, wasn’t helped by Trent who often allowed the run in behind.
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Here’s how we should line up:
Adrian starts in goal. Don’t panic. I’ve put us in a 4-2-3-1 formation for more stability against an in-form Everton. In context though, there’s not a lot Adrian could have done about the majority of the goals against Villa. Two moments stood out for me – the first goal and then completely misjudging the cross which made it look like the Spaniard was running away from the ball.
One change to the defence should see Fabinho come in. Trent and Virgil must do better though; neither played well against Aston Villa – Gomez is unfortunate to miss out and will be involved again soon.
Henderson forms a double pivot with Thiago amidst a difficult midfield battle. Mane starts from the ten with support out-wide from Salah and Jota.
Should Firmino start? The Brazilian looked indecisive in front of goal before an international brace for Brazil against Bolivia. Back with renewed confidence, Klopp should back Bobby for this one.
A game against Everton is the perfect way to get back to winning ways. The Blues look much improved this year with some acquisitions which were undoubtedly influenced by their high profile manager in Carlo Ancelotti, but Klopp’s squad is stronger which could be the difference on Saturday.
Score prediction: Liverpool 2 – 1 Everton
By Adam Brown @AdamMNVi
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