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Klopp recalls 'world-class' forward and makes two other changes: Liverpool's predicted XI vs Everton

Liverpool go in search of three more Premier League points as they take on Everton in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday.

Manchester City play before The Reds this weekend. Depending on that result, this game could take on even greater significance.

Regardless of what City do against Watford on Saturday, Liverpool need to make sure they’re winning all of their remaining six games.

With Everton near the foot of the table, and a Champions League semi-final coming up on Wednesday, Klopp may be tempted to make some changes here. Here’s how we think he’ll line Liverpool up.

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Defence

Liverpool were given yet another reminder of how good their goalkeeper is on Tuesday evening. Alisson Becker didn’t have much to do against Manchester United, but he did it all with aplomb. He’ll start again on Sunday.

Right-back is probably the most difficult position for Klopp to manage for the rest of the season. There’s no like-for-like understudy for Trent Alexander-Arnold but he’s going to need a rest at some point.

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We don’t think that will come here, though. Everton may be struggling but they are still a bigger game for Liverpool than any other side in the league.

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Alongside Trent we think Klopp will go with his first-choice pair of Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip. Ibrahima Konate has been in great form, but the manager seems to prefer him in the Champions League.

Left-back is a position which should be rotated here. Andy Robertson is one of the most committed players around and you want those players on the field in a derby. But Kostas Tsimikas is more than capable of stepping in and deserves the chance to impress in a big game.

Midfield

Klopp seems to have more-or-less whittled his midfield down to five options. Fabinho is the one who could do with a break more than any, but like Trent, we think that’ll come in another game, not this one.

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Thiago Alcantara was exceptional against United in mid-week. That only highlighted the need to protect him from playing more than he needs to though. As a result, Naby Keita should come in to replace him.

Jordan Henderson should complete a strong looking midfield three.

Attack

Klopp confirmed earlier today that he is waiting for the green light to include Roberto Firmino in his squad. With just two days to go before the game, that doesn’t look to hopeful that he’ll be in from the start.

As a result, we think Klopp will choose to rest the man who has been playing through the middle of late, Sadio Mane.

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In his place will come Diogo Jota, who Klopp labelled ‘world-class’ earlier this season via The Independent. Jota scored a cracker in the return fixture at Goodison Park in a game where Mohamed Salah also scored twice. The Egyptian will be searching for more after ending his goal drought on Tuesday.

Completing the front-three should be Luis Diaz. If he can score against United and Everton barely three months into his Liverpool career, he’ll be doing pretty well indeed.

Liverpool predicted XI vs Everton: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Fabinho. Henderson, Keita; Salah, Jota, Diaz

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