Jurgen Klopp has named an unchanged side for Liverpool’s 227th Merseyside derby clash with Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night.
The Reds take on their city rivals having sealed a 3-0 victory away to Middlesbrough in midweek, but come up against an Everton side buoyed by a 2-1 win at home to Arsenal.
As Klopp’s first trip across Stanley Park, the German is eager for his side to set themselves off on another excellent run of form.
Having seen Liverpool triumph so comprehensively at the Riverside Stadium, Klopp has opted to field the same side five days later.
This means Simon Mignolet keeps his place in goal, with Loris Karius continuing his stint on the substitutes’ bench, as Klopp looks to keep him out of the firing line.
Ahead of Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and James Milner form the Reds’ back line.
Joel Matip, struggling with a recurring ankle injury, misses out, with Klopp not risking his key man.
Jordan Henderson is joined by Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield, with Emre Can deemed not fit enough to start after a knee injury.
The German does make the bench, however, along with Daniel Sturridge, who features for the first time since November’s 0-0 draw with Southampton.
With Philippe Coutinho only returning to light training on Monday, Klopp is left to persevere with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi in attack.
Origi scored in Klopp’s first Merseyside derby win, a 4-0 victory at Anfield in April, and having netted five goals in his last five games this season, will be looking to add to his tally.
Klopp’s substitute options are improving by the game, with Karius, Can and Sturridge joined by Lucas Leiva, Alberto Moreno, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn on the bench.
Everton: Stekelenburg; Coleman, Funes Mori, Williams, Baines; Gana, McCarthy; Lennon, Barkley, Valencia; Lukaku
Substitutes: Robles, Holgate, Kenny, Barry, Cleverley, Mirallas, Calvert-Lewin
Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Henderson, Lallana, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Origi
Substitutes: Karius, Lucas, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Can, Woodburn, Sturridge
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