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The highly anticipated Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool is set to take place, and both managers are carefully considering their squad selections for this crucial clash. Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, emphasized the importance of ‘fresh legs’ after making several changes in their recent victory against Fulham. Meanwhile, Sean Dyche, the Everton boss, provided updates on the fitness of key players, including Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Beto. Let’s delve into the team news and what fans can expect from this intense derby match.

Liverpool Team News

Jürgen Klopp’s side is gearing up for the derby with a few key changes due to injuries and rotation. Klopp made five alterations in the lineup for their last match against Fulham, aiming to keep the squad fresh amidst a busy schedule. However, they will be without the services of Diogo Jota, who sustained an injury ruling him out for two weeks. Klopp mentioned, “Diogo scored the goal, felt a little bit, and now we found out it’s a little bit more.”

Furthermore, Liverpool will also miss Conor Bradley, Thiago Alcantara, Ben Doak, and Joel Matip due to their respective injuries. Stefan Bajcetic, who featured for the U21s recently, might be an option for Klopp as he looks to field a competitive XI against Everton.

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Everton Team News

On the Everton front, manager Sean Dyche is hopeful that Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be fit to start despite being substituted in their previous match against Nottingham Forest due to a knock. Dyche stated, “We are hopeful [Calvert-Lewin] will be back for tomorrow.” However, striker Beto will miss out on the clash against Liverpool as he recovers from a head injury sustained in the match against Forest.

In addition to Calvert-Lewin and Beto, Everton will also be without Seamus Coleman, Nathan Patterson, Lewis Dobbin, and Dele Alli due to their respective injuries. Coleman’s absence due to a groin injury will be a blow for the Toffees, as his leadership and experience will be missed on the pitch.

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Previous Matches

In their most recent matches, Everton triumphed with a commanding 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest. The winning lineup showcased the talents of Pickford, Young, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Gueye, Harrison, Doucoure, Gomes, McNeil, and Calvert-Lewin. Meanwhile, Liverpool showcased their prowess with a stellar 3-1 win against Fulham. The Reds’ lineup featured Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Quansah, Robertson, Endo, Elliott, Gravenberch, Jota, Diaz, and Gakpo, demonstrating a formidable display of skill and teamwork on the field.

Predicted Lineups

Based on the available information and recent performances, here are the predicted lineups for both Everton and Liverpool:


  • Formation: 4-4-2
  • Goalkeeper: Pickford
  • Defense: Young, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko
  • Midfield: Gueye, Harrison, Doucoure, Gomes
  • Attack: McNeil, Calvert-Lewin


  • Formation: 4-3-3
  • Goalkeeper: Alisson
  • Defense: Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Quansah, Robertson
  • Midfield: Endo, Elliott, Gravenberch
  • Attack: Jota, Diaz, Gakpo

Key Battles to Watch

  1. Dominic Calvert-Lewin vs. Liverpool Defense: Calvert-Lewin’s physical presence and goal-scoring abilities will pose a challenge to Liverpool’s defense, especially with Van Dijk looking to contain him.
  2. Liverpool Midfield Control: With the absence of Diogo Jota, Liverpool’s midfield trio of Endo, Elliott, and Gravenberch will need to control the tempo and create opportunities against Everton’s midfield.
  3. Full-back Duels: The battles between Alexander-Arnold and Young on one flank, and Robertson against Mykolenko on the other, will be crucial in providing width and defensive stability for their respective teams.

Managerial Tactics

The clash between Klopp’s Liverpool and Dyche’s Everton promises to be a battle of contrasting styles and tactical approaches. Klopp, known for his high pressing and dynamic attacking play, will be looking to exploit any weaknesses in Everton’s defense. The relentless pressing from Liverpool’s front three, supported by their energetic midfielders, aims to force turnovers and create scoring chances.

On the other hand, Dyche’s Everton often adopts a more organized and disciplined defensive approach. They will be focused on maintaining defensive solidity, closing down spaces, and waiting for opportunities to launch swift counter-attacks. With the pace and physical presence of players like Calvert-Lewin and McNeil, Everton poses a threat on the break, aiming to catch Liverpool’s defense off guard.

This tactical battle will not only be about breaking down defenses but also about which team can control the tempo of the game. Liverpool will look to dominate possession and dictate the pace with quick passing and movement, while Everton may opt to sit deeper and absorb pressure before launching rapid attacks when the opportunity arises.

Klopp’s side will seek to overwhelm Everton with their attacking prowess, utilizing the width provided by their full-backs and the creativity of their midfielders to create scoring opportunities. In contrast, Dyche’s team will be well-organized defensively, looking to frustrate Liverpool and hit them on the break with decisive counter-attacks.

Ultimately, it will be a test of Klopp’s proactive, aggressive style against Dyche’s more conservative, counter-attacking approach. The tactical decisions made by both managers will play a significant role in determining the outcome of this highly anticipated Merseyside derby.

Klopp’s Press conference: Youtube


As the Merseyside derby approaches, both Everton and Liverpool have crucial factors to consider in their team selections. Liverpool will miss the services of Diogo Jota, while Everton hopes for the return of key players like Dominic Calvert-Lewin. With both teams aiming for vital points in their respective campaigns, the stage is set for a thrilling encounter at Goodison Park. Football fans around the world eagerly anticipate the outcome of this historic rivalry, as the Merseyside derby promises passion, intensity, and unforgettable moments on the pitch.

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By Abdulkadir Salim

Abdulkadir Salim Is content writer for Liverpool FC Times

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