Klopp: Solanke good enough for Merseyside derby bow

10th December 2017

Jürgen Klopp has explained that he had no doubts whatsoever over including ‘proper professional’ Dominic Solanke in his Merseyside derby starting XI.

The 20-year-old has been handed his second Premier League start of the season – and third for the club overall – for this afternoon’s meeting with Everton at Anfield.

Solanke’s opportunity comes in the absence of the likes of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, but the manager has full faith that the Englishman is capable of filling their shoes.

Asked about the striker’s inclusion, Klopp said: “He’s good enough.

“There are a lot of English players on the pitch today so they know about the importance of the derby, for sure.

“Dom is a footballer from head to toe, he is all around a really proper professional. I’m happy for him that he can [have this chance].”

Klopp has made six changes in total for the visit of the Toffees, continuing a recent theme of rotating his squad through a busy period.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Everton

10th December 2017

Liverpool make six changes for this afternoon’s Premier League clash with Everton at Anfield.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke come in to join Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in attack, with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino on the bench.

Elsewhere, Jordan Henderson and James Milner return in midfield, Simon Mignolet begins in goal and Andy Robertson starts in defence in the absence of the injured Alberto Moreno.

Daniel Sturridge is ruled out of the fixture due to a tight hamstring.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Klavan, Lovren, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Solanke.

Subs: Karius, Wijnaldum, Firmino, Coutinho, Can, Ings, Alexander-Arnold.

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10 of the best players to play for both LFC and Everton

Despite the long-standing club rivalry, the transfer path between Liverpool and Everton is a well-trodden one.

Back in 1892, Duncan Mclean and Tom Wyllie left the Blues to join John Houlding’s newly-founded Reds and the trade has continued into the Premier League era.

The most recent player to move directly between the clubs was Abel Xavier in 2002, but there have been plenty more who have donned the colours of both clubs down the years.

And so, ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield, we’ve picked out our top 10…

Steve McMahon

Everton: 119 games, 14 goals. Liverpool: 277 games, 50 goals.

A one-time ball-boy at Goodison Park, Steve McMahon began his playing career with boyhood club Everton and notched a century of appearances for the Blues.

Snapped up from Aston Villa by Kenny Dalglish as his first signing as Liverpool manager in 1985, the combative midfielder won three league titles and two FA Cups with the Reds.

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How LFC have fared in the last 10 matches against Everton

Liverpool host Everton for the 229th Merseyside derby on Sunday looking to extend an 18-year unbeaten home record against their city rivals.

Last season the Reds won 3-1 at Anfield as Jürgen Klopp’s side did the league double over Ronald Koeman’s Blues.

There will be a fresh face in the opposition dugout for this Premier League encounter as newly-appointed Blues boss Sam Allardyce attempts to turn the tide of history.

The visitors’ last victory at Anfield came in September 1999 when Kevin Campbell scored the winner four minutes into the game.

Here’s how Liverpool have fared in the last 10 matches against Everton…

April 2017: Coutinho condemns Everton to derby defeat 

Philippe Coutinho was at his scintillating best as Jürgen Klopp became the first Liverpool manager to win his first three league derbies against Everton.

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Henderson: Reds and Blues have source of pride in common

Jordan Henderson has outlined why he believes the Merseyside derby holds a special status because of the local causes that unite both Liverpool and Everton.

Writing in ‘This is Anfield’ ahead of today’s game, the captain said: “I think one of the special things about the Merseyside rivalry is that both clubs have causes and issues that bring them together. Supporting the victims, families and survivors of Hillsborough is often the most referenced.

“Everton, as a club, have always shown incredible solidarity on this important topic and made it about far more than a football rivalry.

“There is another area where both clubs are very much together and that is Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. It’s that time of year again when as an entire team we go and visit the children, parents and staff at Alder Hey.

“Our team visit is early next week and I know Everton have their date already scheduled in as well. Visiting the hospital is a privilege for us, as football players. We recognise what an honour it is to be invited and hosted by people doing the most important work imaginable. It’s a time when those of us who are extremely fortunate in our lives can offer some support and hopefully a little relief to kids and families having a really difficult time of it.

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Jürgen Klopp: The watch returns to zero today – we must go again

Jürgen Klopp insists ‘the watch returns to zero’ today as he called on Liverpool to embrace the positive passion surrounding the Merseyside derby when Everton come to Anfield this afternoon.

The Reds go into the clash on a nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions and having won 7-0 against Spartak Moscow at home in midweek to book a place in the Champions League last 16.

Klopp has stressed that result, and indeed the side’s sequence, counts for nothing come kick-off, but wants Liverpool to use the intensity around the fixture to ensure they’re ready to go again.

The manager wrote in his column for ‘This is Anfield’: “Wednesday evening was very enjoyable for us and very significant. It was another marker of our progress, another step forward we make together. I like how we greet these challenges so far.

“When big moments come, this team finds an answer. But I think we find that answer because we concentrate all our energy and focus into that job. We do not allow any distraction of thinking what might be in the future.

“To be consistently successful at this level – with the intensity that comes from each and every week facing the highest-quality opponent – you have to focus all your physical and mental energy on the one task in front of you: the one thing you can affect in that moment.

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Stats: Sadio Mane targeting Merseyside derby history

Sadio Mane is aiming to make Merseyside derby goalscoring history when Liverpool take on Everton at Anfield today.

To find out what milestone the Senegalese forward is closing in on, check out our pre-match facts and figures from club statistician Ged Rea.

Last season, Liverpool recorded their 15th league double over Everton and sixth of the Premier League era.

One of those wins – the 1-0 success at Goodison Park – came courtesy of a 94th-minute Mane goal. It was the fourth time the Reds had claimed a victory over their neighbours in the 90th minute or later in the Premier League era.

This will be the 197th league fixture between the sides, with the Reds having won 76 to the Blues’ 57. It is the most-played derby in English league football.

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