Here’s our predicted Liverpool lineup vs Everton for tomorrow. The Reds want to right some wrongs against their rivals.
Last year’s games against Everton were a nightmare – it’s the only real way to put it. The game against Anfield was easy enough to sum up, with Liverpool actually losing against the Toffees there.
But that was a crippled, struggling Liverpool side. Largely because of what happened at Goodison Park. Virgil van Dijk suffered a season-ending injury there, while Thiago lost two months of his season, too.
It finished in a 2-2 draw as Jordan Henderson saw a stoppage-time winner ruled out by VAR. It was, to sum up, an awful day that had a negative influence on the entire season.
Liverpool, then, can try and right a bit of a wrong here. And so the team news is good in that regard – nothing to report. None of Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Roberto Firmino, Curtis Jones or Harvey Elliott will return but no new concerns, either.
So here’s what we think Jurgen Klopp will do.
Predicted Liverpool lineup vs Everton
Alisson will surely continue in goal and we imagine Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are all locks, too.
The only real question is over Van Dijk’s partner. Ibrahima Konate started there against Southampton – and played well – but we think Joel Matip will return here.
Klopp talked about the problems of playing Wednesday – Saturday ahead of that one. Matip, who played against Porto last Wednesday, then sat out the weekend fixture.
It made sense, given his injury record. But that week of rest surely sees the more experienced man come in for the big game.
Everything is pretty routine from here. We see no reason to change the Fabinho/Thiago/Jordan Henderson trio that played so well against Southampton.
It would be further faith in Thiago, though. His injury record isn’t exactly good but Klopp played him against both Porto and the Saints. We can’t imagine he sits this one out, though, suggesting his fitness is the best it’s been for a while.
Again, we see no reason to change. Firmino’s absence makes Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota the obvious options.
And with how they’re currently playing, no one can really suggest anything else.
Predicted Liverpool XI
Alexander-Arnold – Matip – Van Dijk – Robertson
Henderson – Thiago
Salah – Jota – Mane
All in all, this would be the best XI of the season so far. There’s some debate over Jota v Firmino for this to be Liverpool’s best XI full-stop.
Surely, with the form Everton are in, this will be far too much for the old rivals.