Klopp refuses to risk Salah in Merseyside derby

Fernandinho of Manchester City passes the ball under pressure from Cenk Tosun of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on March 31

On his side's display, he added: "The first half was brilliant, that's how football should be". They certainly can not catch Liverpool, who are third with 66 points, even if they win every single game and the Reds lose all of theirs.

Midfielder Idrissa Gueye could return to the Everton squad after shaking off a hamstring injury he picked up in the 2-1 win over Stoke City last month. Ahead of their latest meeting on Saturday, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.

"We played at our highest level". Idrissa Gueye is another big name player on the treatment table, with the Senegalese global doubtful due to a hamstring problem.

Eliaquim Mangala, James McCarthy, Mason Holgate and Gylfi Sigurdsson are all out with long-term injuries and will miss the match.

Defender Ashley Williams is also available again after completing a three-match ban following his dismissal against Burnley. The Senegalese flyer has been overshadowed for long chunks of the season but has scored nine goals since the turn of the year, including two in his last two games.

"Everton, fresh from their own football lesson against Pep Guardiola's team, will hope Liverpool's physical exertions will help their cause".

The Egypt global has since undergone extensive rehabilitation on the knee injury to ensure he is ready for next Tuesday's return leg at the Etihad Stadium.

Klopp's side are in the midst of an injury crisis at the heart of their defence, with injuries to Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, they are lacking in experience and strength in depth.

On Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Klopp was asked about the players huge improvements since joining Liverpool on summer transfer deadline day. The back-four should be the same as Wednesday, with Loris Karius continuing between the sticks. This could see either Dominic Solanke or Danny Ings make a rare start in attack for the Reds while Georginio Wijnaldum should get the nod in midfield. The German mentor does have the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to call upon, with both seasoned match-winners. Everton have been the recipients of 14 of these, also a record for a team against any other single side. Everton are probably more happy about that and that isn't fair.

Liverpool may have caught the headlines regarding the fees paid by Premier League clubs over the last two transfer windows, but their table-topping spend on agents was only the tip of the iceberg. Without the goals of Salah to elevate them on Saturday, Liverpool's team ethos will be as important as ever in the face of what's likely to be a stubbornly unadventurous Everton side. The honeymoon period has, since, ended and the Englishman has struggled to create much of an impact from the right flank.

Mohamed Salah, the leading scorer in the league with 29 goals, limped off seven minutes into the second half of their City victory.

Everton do not have any lofty ambitions left from their campaign, and should play without pressure.

Wayne Rooney will be eager for a big performance against a big rival and build on his ten goals for the season.

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