Reds duo return to training

Jurgen Klopp has indicated that Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson could feature for Liverpool on Saturday in their Premier League match at Brighton.

Both players have returned to training this week – Matip has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on a fractured collarbone while Henderson has recovered from the knock he picked up during the recent defeat at Manchester City.

However, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez are all set to miss the trip to face Chris Hughton's side.

Klopp said: "Joel trained yesterday [Thursday] for the first time with the team, which is already really good but we have to see.

"We have to decide it day by day how he is doing, I am not 100 per cent sure. He feels good and that's good for us, of course.

"Hendo will train today [Friday] for the first time, we see what that then means exactly. Adam [is] out, Dejan [is] out and Joe, of course, [is] out."

Lovren picked up a hamstring injury in the early stages of Monday's FA Cup loss at Wolves but Klopp has hinted that the problem is not serious so the Croatian could return to action later this month.

However, the Reds boss has suggested the central defender may sit out the home game against Crystal Palace on 19th January.

Liverpool, 5/6 to win the Premier League title this season, are 3/10 to beat the Seagulls and 4/5 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.

Gomez injury a concern for Klopp

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp is fearful that defender Joe Gomez suffered a serious ankle injury during the 3-1 victory at Burnley on Wednesday evening.

England international Gomez had to be replaced after 23 minutes of the Turf Moor clash, having been involved in two tough challenges, with the 21-year-old having to be stretchered from the pitch.

And Klopp is concerned that his player could be facing a significant amount of time out of action, with Gomez having stared 12 of the Reds' 15 Premier League games played so far this season.

He told reporters: "It was his ankle. Joe is injured and probably not only a little bit. We have to see, we don't know in the moment."

Meanwhile, Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has told his team-mates to remain focused on the job in hand and not be too concerned about table-topping Manchester City, who are currently two points ahead of the Merseysiders.

He added on the club's official website: "We are not really interested in City, to be honest, because there is a long way to go. We know how good they are, we expect them to win.

"We just expect ourselves to win games and perform to the level that we have been and, if we do that, we can keep winning.

"But we just focus on game by game and it doesn't really matter about anybody else."

Liverpool are currently priced at 4/1 to win the Premier League title this season, with the Citizens available at 1/5.

The Reds are back in action on Saturday when they face a tricky trip to Bournemouth, who are currently in seventh place in the standings.

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Premier League Liverpool vs Everton: The Friendly Derby…Really?

Liverpool vs Everton

Everything on Merseyside will stop at 4:15 pm local time on Sunday. It’s here again… Premier League Liverpool vs Everton: The Mersey Derby, and we love it!

It’s one of the big fixtures in the North West sporting calendar and watched by millions worldwide. It’s also known as the ‘Friendly Derby’, but someone forgot to tell the players! No other Premier League fixture has produced more red cards as these two old rivals have battled it out, with tempers flaring at times.

Chris Kavanagh is the man in the middle on Sunday; at what price will he get his red card out?

Thankfully, all the blood and thunder tends to stay on the pitch when Liverpool face Everton because the two teams’ fans walk side by side and work together. Families are often divided between red and blue loyalties. Liverpool fans prefer to preserve their hostility for that lot up the East Lancs Road, Manchester United; meanwhile, Everton seem to be able to get on with everybody.

This is a particularly big game. While Liverpool are as short as 1.40 with us, the draw at 4.30 and Everton way out there at 8.25, the Toffees think they have a real chance to upset the natural order on Merseyside.

It’s all bubbling up to be a belter of a derby, so make sure you keep up with the Liverpool vs Everton updates and odds right here at us.

Talking Points

Can Liverpool bounce back again?

Jurgen Klopp is still smarting from the Reds’ latest away defeat in the Champions League, accusing PSG players of unsporting behaviour and making his players ‘look like butchers’ during the French team’s 2-1 win on Wednesday. The Reds have had real trouble on the road in Europe, losing to Napoli, Red Star Belgrade and now PSG. But they dusted themselves off after losing to the first two to draw with Manchester City and beat Fulham.

They have the firepower to bounce back against Everton. Mo Salah is up there with the Premier League top scorers again: he’s on seven and is just a single goal behind leaders Sergio Aguero and Pierre Emerick-Aubamayang. Sadio Mane has six, and both will pose the Toffees’ defence plenty of problems.

The Reds have to cope up in Premier League Liverpool vs Everton in the absence of Jordan Henderson

Liverpool Jordan Henderson leaves the pitch after getting a red card

Klopp’s midfield will need to be well-organised to thwart any Everton attack while giving their own forward players the space and supply they need to score. And they’ll have to do it without influential skipper Jordan Henderson who is suspended, having picked up two yellow cards in the recent 3-0 win over Watford, so the middle of the park will be a crucial battleground.

Are Everton ready to join the Big Six?

Premier League Liverpool vs Everton: Winning the Merseyside Derby will be a huge accomplishment for Marco Silva

Marco Silva in the touchline before the match

The Toffees have got nicely into their stride in the Premier League and have shown how they can frustrate an elite team, drawing at Stamford Bridge against a powerful Chelsea side. And the Liverpool boss says Everton are rapidly growing into a Champions League quality side under the guidance of Marco Silva.

The return of Seamus Coleman after such a long layoff has made the Toffees stronger at the back, as has the return to form of centre-half Michael Keane.

Attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson finally seems to be realising his potential at Everton after Swansea in the Premier League single-handedly for a couple of seasons. He has six goals, as has striker Richarlison. The 21-year-old looks far more accomplished as a striker than last season at Watford.

History

Liverpool won 23 of the Mersey derbies since 1993, with 22 draws and nine won by the Toffees. Both were drawn last season and were low-scoring affairs at 0-0 and 1-1.

Everton have a huge task to break a long sequence of Red dominance. Everton’s last derby win was in 2010, and Liverpool haven’t lost one of these fixtures at home in 20 matches, the last Everton triumph coming way back in 1999.

Klopp’s side is still unbeaten in the Premier League with 10 wins and three draws. they sit just two points behind leaders Manchester City.

Betting Tip

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Despite the Toffees’ impressive improvement this season, the Liverpool vs Everton betting odds are stacked in favour of a home win, so I think the value is in a bet on the number of goals. It’s hard to see Everton stopping the Reds for 90-plus minutes, and I can’t equally see Liverpool having it all their own way.

I certainly wouldn’t be shocked by a draw, but a 2-1 or 2-0 home win is more likely.

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Klopp: Title expectations are high

Jurgen Klopp has warned that his Liverpool side will have to cope with the view of some that their season will only be a success if they win the Premier League title.

The Reds have not been crowned champions of England since the 1989-90 season and, having played some goal-laden football and reached the Champions League final last term, Klopp is aware of just how much is expected of his team in the coming months.

He told reporters ahead of a Sunday lunchtime clash with Fulham at Anfield: "The season so far-wise, points-wise in the Premier League, has been really successful.

"But it doesn't really feel like that because there are two reasons in comparison with last year – free-flowing football in a few games and Man City and maybe Chelsea and a few others play a very good season as well.

"It feels a bit like this season can only be a success if we become champions this year – in a year our competitors are the champions of last year, the champions of two years ago, a more refreshed Arsenal and a more experienced Tottenham and Manchester United.

"That's a really tough job, but we have no problem with that, we go for everything. We have to build on our situation, we have to get better, to get more confidence out of the season."

Klopp also confirmed that midfield duo Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita are both available for selection for the game against the Cottagers.

Liverpool, who have beaten Fulham 4-0 on both of their last two visits to Merseyside, are 1/9 to take all three points on Sunday and are 8/1 to win 4-0 yet again.

Meanwhile, the Reds are 9/2 to claim the Premier League title this season.

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Klopp plays down Henderson injury

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists Jordan Henderson was substituted during the 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town as a precautionary measure.

The former Sunderland midfielder picked up a knock in the first half against the Terriers but should be back in action in midweek when Klopp's team take on Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.

Liverpool were a little fortunate to win in West Yorkshire, with Mo Salah scoring the only goal of the match.

David Wagner's team went close to grabbing an equaliser but remain without a Premier League victory this season and are 4/11 to be relegated while Liverpool can be backed at 5/2 to win the title.

Former Borussia Dortmund coach Klopp said: "It is maybe the first period in my life when we win average matches. I have to say that sometimes I really prefer the spectacular way but I take that and completely understand why it was like that.

"I look in the dressing room now or before the game, when you come back from the international break there is the time difference and many things people do not see.

"That is why I was a bit more animated on the touchline, because even when you are tired you can be afraid of your manager."

When asked about Henderson, Klopp added: "It was not that he felt nothing but he didn't feel a lot. He wanted to carry on – that's a good sign. We decided no. Hopefully it's nothing."

Henderson to use Russia as springboard

England midfielder Jordan Henderson believes he and the rest of the Three Lions squad can use their strong World Cup in Russia as a springboard for the team going forward.

Manager Gareth Southgate and his side managed to reach the semi-finals of the competition only to lose to eventually tournament runners-up Croatia.

Having finish fourth at the tournament over the summer, England are now preparing for Nations League action on Saturday when they play hosts to Spain.

Liverpool skipper Henderson feels the events in Russia have helped grow the squad and now the hopes are that the team can secure further success going forward.

"We had the belief we could achieve something really special and go even further," he told BBC Radio 5 live. "So we can use that and go forward."

Henderson added: "That experience will never be forgotten – for me personally and the rest of the lads.

"It's very powerful when you have a nation right behind you like we did in Russia.

"It's up to us to keep that going and keep putting those good performances in. I'm sure if we do that we will keep growing and hopefully we can achieve something special very soon."

England, 12/1 to win the Nations League outright, can be backed at 17/10 to beat Spain and 2/1 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.

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Trippier won’t rest on laurels

Kieran Trippier does not think his place in the England team is set in stone despite his excellent displays for his country at World Cup 2018.

The Tottenham full-back played a key role as Gareth Southgate's side reached the semi-finals in Russia and he gave England an early lead in the last-four encounter against Croatia with a superb free-kick.

The Three Lions went on to lose 2-1 after extra time but Trippier is keen to build on the summer performances when England play their UEFA Nations League opener against Spain on Saturday.

The 27-year-old former Burnley star said: "Obviously all the boys here are doing well for their clubs, so it's the manager’s decision if I play or don't play.

"Every opportunity on the playing field I try and do my best to show the manager that I want to play and just keep improving. If I don't play I'm not going to be disappointed, I'll help the team-mates, but I'll be training as hard as I can to make sure I am picked."

Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson believes a young England squad can get much better in the next few years.

The Liverpool star said of England's run to the semi-finals in Russia: "We have a lot of young players in the squad and we can learn from that experience in a positive way. That experience will never be forgotten – for me personally and the rest of the lads.

"It's very powerful when you have a nation right behind you like we did in Russia.

"It's up to us to keep that going and keep putting those good performances in. I'm sure if we do that we will keep growing and hopefully we can achieve something special very soon."

England, 12/1 to win the Nations League outright, can be backed at 17/10 to beat Spain and 2/1 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.

Henderson hails inspiring Klopp

Jordan Henderson believes Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken the club to new heights in the last two-and-a-half years.

The 50-year-old was appointed Reds boss in October 2015 when he replaced Brendan Rodgers.

He had previously spent four years with Borussia Dortmund, guiding the German team to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012, as well as the DFB-Pokal in 2012 and the DFL-Supercup in 2013 and 2014.

Dortmund also reached the Champions League final five years ago when they were beaten by Bayern Munich.

Liverpool played in the Europa League final seven months after Klopp had been appointed but they were beaten 3-1 by Sevilla despite taking the lead.

The Reds have secured top-four finishes in each of the last two seasons and have reached the Champions League final – they are 10/1 to beat Real Madrid 2-1 on Saturday in Kiev.

Henderson, 15/2 to score at any time in the Champions League final, said: "After the Europa League final defeat the boss had this vision that made me think in the future we'd get to another final.

"He wanted to use the experience of that final to keep us together and use it as a positive. If we got to another final we'd be ready.

"At that moment I sensed that he could see that he was confident about getting to another final. I can't remember word for word but he had something about him that felt it was the start of something.

"I think you can see how he has taken the team forward since then has been fantastic… I see how hungry the team are to be successful."

Henderson: Reds targeting a win

Jordan Henderson has confirmed that Liverpool will be targeting a win against Brighton on Sunday despite only needing a point.

Jurgen Klopp's side go into the final Premier League game of the campaign at Anfield knowing that their far superior goal difference means a draw against the Seagulls will ensure they finish ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea regardless of how they fare at Newcastle.

That would be enough to qualify for next season's Champions League via a top-four finish, although they will get another chance to be involved when they face Real Madrid in this season's final in Kiev on 26th May.

And, while it would be tempting to set up a formation to try and go for the draw, Henderson is adamant that they will be going all out to finish the campaign with a win against Chris Hughton's Seagulls.

The skipper told the club's website: "Obviously the draw would probably be enough but we definitely won't be going in with that mindset.

"You've just got to go out there, especially with it being at Anfield, focused on winning the game, playing like we have been at Anfield recently, giving everything, and I'm sure the atmosphere will be brilliant with it being the last day."

Liverpool, who are 6/5 to win the Champions League, are 1/5 to win their final game against Brighton, while the Seagulls are priced at 14/1 and the draw is available at 7/1.

Positivity key warns Van Dijk

Liverpool record signing Virgil van Dijk says his side will not sit back and try and protect their three-goal lead against Manchester City on Tuesday evening.

The Reds hold a major advantage heading into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Etihad Stadium, but Van Dijk expects head coach Jurgen Klopp to send his players out with a positive mindset nonetheless.

The Dutch defender told reporters: "It is pretty clear that defending a 3-0 lead is going to be a bit of a strange situation. We need to come here with the mindset it is still 0-0 and we want to win the game.

"We know we are capable of scoring goals, we know as a team we can defend pretty well, but the main thing is we definitely need to keep the mindset of winning the game instead of defending a lead.

"We are not going to think we are going to concede early. That is not the mindset we want going into the game.

"We are full of confidence, but we know it is going to be a different game. They need to (attack) and we need to be prepared for everything.

"As a team we feel like we are in a great moment and we can make it difficult for any team in the world, but we need to show it."

The Reds will be without captain Jordan Henderson as he serves a one-match suspension, but hope to have leading scorer Mohamed Salah available after he limped out of the first leg with a groin problem.

Liverpool are priced at 1/7 to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals, with a draw after 90 minutes on Tuesday available at 17/4, while the Citizens are 17/2 to claim a 2-0 win in normal time.

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