26th April 2018

PREM DERBY DAY

DERBY DAY

6th April 2018

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah will be given until the last minute to recover from a groin injury for Saturday's derby at Everton, says boss Jurgen Klopp.

Salah had to be substituted just after half-time of Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League win over Manchester City after scoring his 38th goal of the season.

Klopp said: "We've tried everything to make him available. There are 23 hours to go so let's see what happens."

Midfielder Idrissa Gueye should be fit for Everton after a hamstring tear.

Ashley Williams returns from a ban but Eliaquim Mangala, James McCarthy, Mason Holgate and Gylfi Sigurdsson remain injured.

Emre Can is expected to miss out for Liverpool - although it is understood he could still play again this campaign despite reports his season is over. Joel Matip, Adam Lallana and Joe Gomez and are all injured.

Toffees boss Sam Allardyce hopes his ninth-placed side can take advantage of playing the Reds in between their two Champions League quarter-final ties with City.

"It's an advantage we could possibly take," he said. "It's a good time to play a derby for us in between the two Champions League games. But Jurgen has a very strong squad and they haven't let him down all season. If he changes his squad it will still be strong and fresh.

"We have to stand on the front foot, be brave and be clinical if we get an opportunity.

"I've played Liverpool with other teams I've been with and we've won or drawn - and I've won at the big boys before so I know how to do it, but it's a derby which makes it extra difficult."

Everton have a dire recent record over their City rivals but they may be worth chnacing home/draw double result. Liverpool will find it hard to replicate the energy they showed against Man City only three days later.

City themselves are odds-against to beat neighbours Man United and lift the title. Forget the Liverpool game - they will and we are confident United will fall into City's trap by playing it safe.

Joe