Liverpool lineup vs. Everton – 4 changes & Gravenberch’s first league start?

Liverpool return to Premier League action with the Merseyside derby this weekend and Jurgen Klopp has a number of fitness issues to contend with as he selects his side.

The Reds will face Everton for the 243rd time in the weekend’s early kick-off in a long-awaited fixture after the international break.

Fresh injury problems during that break have made life more difficult for the manager, but it does present an opportunity for others to step up and take their chances.

Here is a look at how Liverpool could line up for the big one.


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This is what the boss told us as he previewed the derby:


Liverpool’s XI vs. Everton

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, October 5, 2023: Liverpool's Ryan Gravenberch (R) celebrates with team-mate Kostas Tsimikas after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League Group E matchday 2 game between Liverpool FC and Union SG at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While the manager does have some fresh concerns following the break, the last fortnight has given the opportunity for others to have a well-earned rest.

Ryan Gravenberch didn’t meet up with the Netherlands U21 side as a “signal” from manager Michael Reiziger after the midfielder’s decision to withdraw from the previous squad.

The fitness options up front may also offer Diogo Jota the opportunity to lead the line from the start for what would be the fourth time in the league this season.

This is how it might look for the Reds:

If that is the case, here is how Liverpool would line up:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Gravenberch; Salah, Jota, Diaz

Klopp has a number of other options at his disposal should he wish to stray from what we believe to be the most likely team selection on Saturday.

If Darwin Nunez is in any way fit enough to feature then the manager will almost certainly be tempted to select him from the start given his form heading into the break.

While Gravenberch has done plenty to work his way into Klopp’s plans, Harvey Elliott will feel he has also done enough to keep his place in the middle of the park having made his first league start of the campaign at Brighton.

Joe Gomez is another player who will be knocking at the boss’ office door in search of the minutes set to be vacated by Robertson’s injury and could present an option at left-back.

This is how an alternative Liverpool XI could look:

This is how Liverpool would line up:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Gomez; Mac Allister, Elliott, Szoboszlai; Salah, Nunez, Diaz

Liverpool went into the international break with a bitter taste after dropping five points on the road at Tottenham and Brighton but have the perfect opportunity to put things right on Saturday.

Recent injuries and the rotated ‘midweek’ side have demonstrated just how much depth there is to this squad and the coming weeks will be a further opportunity for that to be put to good use.

The Reds have won six of their last seven home games against Everton and will be confident of extending that impressive run against their rivals from across Stanley Park this weekend.

Up the Reds!