Liverpool face Everton this weekend with the Reds itching to set the record straight after a thumping defeat at Aston Villa. The Reds have had the international break to stew on their mishaps, they’ll certainly come back with a stronger performance. Curtis Jones could be given a shot against Everton with Naby Keita ruled out after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19.

Curtis Jones could be given a shot against Everton with Naby Keita ruled out

Curtis Jones could be given a shot against Everton with Naby Keita ruled out (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Monumental Merseyside Derby

Liverpool haven’t needed to win against Everton this much for a while.

The Reds are, for once, entering the Derby below the Ev in the table. Carlo Ancelotti has masterminded the Toffees to first place in the Premier League table.

There are just three points separating the two Liverpool clubs, a gap that Jürgen Klopp will be hoping to close on Saturday.

Defeat would see the Reds record back to back losses and Everton pull six points clear.

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Naby Keita positive test

According to Usher Komugisha, Naby Keita has tested positive for Coronavirus.

The midfielder was tested whilst away on international duty with Guinea.

This curtails a relatively strong start to the season for Keita, he put in strong performances against Arsenal and Chelsea, seeming as if he’d finally nailed down a starting berth, staying injury free for a while.

Curtis Jones chance against Everton

Whilst a starting berth may be a bit ambitious given the return to fitness of Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones could still be given an opportunity against Everton.

The young Scouser could well come on as a substitute given the occasion, these matches always cry out for Scouse involvement.

There is also the fact that he can provide an attacking impetus, he is more likely to make things happen from the bench than James Milner or Gini Wijnaldum.

With Keita not ahead of him on the bench we could well see Curtis Jones against Everton.

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