Cape Town - Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian will go straight into the
starting line-up in Wednesday's clash with Everton, with Alisson ruled out
The Reds welcome their neighbours to Anfield seeking to
maintain an eight-point advantage at the top of the Premier League and go into
the clash as heavy favourites given the teams' contrasting form.
The European Champions have won 13 out of 14 league matches
this season to put them well clear at the summit of the top flight, while
Everton find themselves just two points above the relegation zone after a run
of two wins from 10 matches.
Sunday's 2-1 loss to Leicester City further increased the
pressure Everton boss Marco Silva finds himself under, with the Portuguese
reportedly fighting to save his job at Goodison Park.
A first win at Anfield for more than 20 years would be a
much-needed shot in the arm for Silva and Klopp, who has not lost to Everton in
eight previous derbies, believes it would be foolish to underestimate their
"The stats help Everton more because they want to
strike back," said Klopp. "Are we in a better moment in the table? Of
course, that is obvious. They want to show they can do differently.
"They can solve a lot of problems in one game. It is a
very important football game for us but that must be enough for us."
Liverpool will be without first-choice goalkeeper Alisson
Becker for Wednesday's encounter following his sending off in Saturday's 2-1
win over Brighton.
It will mean an eighth Premier League start of the season
for Adrian, who impressed when filling in for Allison during his spell out with
a calf injury earlier in the campaign.
Fabinho will also miss out due to an ankle injury, while
Joel Matip is not yet fit to return as he continues his comeback from a knee
problem. Nathaniel Clyne is a long-term absentee with a knee injury.
Everton have been boosted by Theo Walcott's return from
illness after being forced to sit out Sunday's loss to Leicester.
Seamus Coleman and Fabien Delph both look set to miss the
derby with rib and thigh concerns respectively, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin and
Andre Gomes are some way off making their returns.
- TeamTalk Media