The 232nd Merseyside Derby is upon us this weekend, and as one of the most high profile fixtures on the Premier League calendar, there’s certainly going to be a lot of attention this year as a resurgent Everton sit in sixth place while hosts Liverpool are keeping pace just behind Manchester City at the top of the table.
Liverpool had another big game to worry about last night after they lost 2-1 away at Paris St Germain in the penultimate group game of the Champions League, thereby putting in peril their chances of making the knockout round.
Speaking after the game manager Jurgen Klopp was adamant that his side would be up for the derby no matter what the result yesterday.
“Come on, it’s a derby, we don’t have to show a reaction. If we won 5-0 (against PSG) it would be the same. This game is isolated from the season, it’s a derby, it’s at home.
”Everton are doing really well this season, they are a different cup of tea to the last three years. We have to be 100% spot on for a tough one.
“It’s not about showing a reaction, it’s about carrying on, go, go, go in the league, win your home games, win your away games, and that’s it.
”On Sunday we will be ready again. It’s not what I say here, it’s what we show there.”
The Reds had pretty much their best XI starting yesterday minus a couple of players, so it’ll be interesting to see if he rings the changes for the game against the Toffees, especially since captain Jordan Henderson is suspended after being sent off last weekend.