PL Preview: Merseyside Derby a chance for Liverpool to build momentum

Posted April 07, 2018

He's been named the Egyptian King, has Liverpool's attacking maestro Mohamed Salah, scoring 29 goals in 31 league games this season while also playing a significant role in the Reds' 3-0 demolition of Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final with a goal and an assist.

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Sam Allardyce joked about Jurgen Klopp being more popular than he is after holding a quieter press conference this afternoon ahead of Everton's Merseyside derby with Liverpool. If he changes his squad it will still be strong. and fresh. Klopp added. "I have to work, I worked on Wednesday night, pretty hard, and since then we have made our preparations for Everton, we play them on Saturday, and I don't see the opportunity to be arms up or celebrate". That's their main strength and we have to snuff it out - not just Mo Salah.

While the German manager would have preferred some additional time prior to the derby, he stressed the importance of the game both for the team and their supporters, who he believes will be satisfied with nothing less than a win.

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Klopp's rotation-heavy policy is likely to come into play this weekend given the number of games they have coming up. We want to deliver'. It's not my job. The derby has also been hugely one-sided in recent times, with Everton winning just one of the last 22 league meetings between the sides.

"Very, very loud. They break the decibel records", says Tosun proudly.

What is the team news? That's a good football team, in defence very experienced. Each Evertonian thinks at Goodison they have an extra percentage of desire. We need to be on fire again. A far cry from the early part of the Roberto Martinez era, where the hosts fleetingly attempted to go toe-to-toe with the Anfield outfit.

Klopp was asked if he had one eye on the Man City game when it comes to selecting his team.

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Meanwhile, Liverpool are the picture of rude health and look set to progress to the semi final of the Champions League.

Predicted Liverpool Lineup: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Moreno; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Ings, Firmino, Solanke.

Everton already boast an abundance of central midfielders in the likes of Tom Davies, Idrissa Gueye, Wayne Rooney, James McCarthy and Morgan Schneiderlin, so a move for Wilshere may see Allardyce axe a current Toffee.

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