Liverpool and Everton face off in the Merseyside derby at Anfield as the bitter rivals meet in the FA cup third round

Liverpool are still undefeated in the league and will be looking to translate their incredible league form into the FA Cup tie. Injuries will, however, force the league leaders to make big changes to their side as Klopp has 6 first-team injuries ahead of the derby.

The Toffees have not won at Anfield since 1999 but Carlo Ancelotti knows a win at Anfield will be a perfect start to life as Everton boss and will fancy his teams chances against a weakened Liverpool team.

Liverpool to play young guns?

Title-chasing Liverpool have had a hectic schedule throughout the festive period, including journey to Qatar for the Club World Cup, and Klopp says he will select his side keeping in mind the fitness of his players and not let the rivalry between the two teams cloud his judgement

 “People have told me already a couple of times I wouldn’t respect the cup competitions but that is not true,” said Klopp.

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“But my first job is to respect the players, my absolutely number one job. I see them every day, every second, I see them all the time and I have to make a decision is it allowed to bring them again or not?”

“I am usually not emotional, I try to make decisions because of situations and not because of the opponent.

“We respect them and we respect the competition, respect what the people want us to achieve – that’s a very important part of it – but I cannot do things because of the name of the opponent.

“We will try to bring in a team who is capable of doing the physical stuff in that game.”

Liverpool Team News

Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri (thigh), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ankle), Joel Matip (knee), Dejan Lovren (thigh), Fabinho, Nathaniel Clyne (knee)

Naby Kieta pulled up in the warmup to the Sheffield United game to add to Liverpool’s injury concerns. However, the Reds fans will be excited to potentially see new signing Takumi Minamino as with so many first teamers out, Klopp may be forced to hand the youngster his debut.

The Reds boss will be expected to ring the chances with squad players like Divock Origi, Adam Lallana and Adrian getting game time, while youngsters Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones will all be eager to start.

Klopp will also have big decisions to make having to decide if star players Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will both have a rest, and if he wants to take his first-choice partnership, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, out of the side as they have little cover behind them.

Can Everton Rewind to 1999?

The Toffees have not won at Anfield since 1999 and lost their most recent visit across Stanley Park 5-2 against a weakened Liverpool side. But in Ancelotti, Everton have the only manager who has lead a team to beat Liverpool this season. In fact, Ancelotti’s Napoli side recorded 2 wins and a draw in 4 games against the European champions in the last 2 years.

“It is a fantastic challenge but also a fantastic opportunity,” said Ancelotti. “We are going to play against the best team in this moment, they are world champions so congratulations to them, but this is a fantastic challenge for us.

“Every derby is a special game. I know how different this game is. Of course Liverpool is the favourite, but in a derby you never know what is going on.

“The FA Cup here is completely different to other competitions, different to the Italian Cup for instance. The fact that it is the oldest competition gives it a really special atmosphere. There are a lot of surprises in this competition. It’s a really exciting moment, we have confidence to do our best.”

Everton Team News

Jean-Philippe Gbamin (thigh), Alex Iwobi (thigh), Andre Gomes (ankle)

Morgan Schneiderlin is fit to return for the Toffees, while Bernard and Fabian Delph will face late fitness tests.

Liverpool vs Everton Opta stats

  • Liverpool and Everton have met in the FA Cup 24 times previously, making it the most played match in the history of the competition.
  • Everton have played five away matches against Liverpool in the FA Cup – four have been drawn and gone to replays, though the most recent match in January 2018 was won 2-1 by the Reds.
  • Liverpool have lost each of their last two FA Cup matches, losing to West Brom in January 2018 and Wolves in January 2019 – they haven’t lost three in a row in the competition since January 1954.
  • Everton have been eliminated in the FA Cup third round in three of the last five seasons, having been eliminated at this stage in just three of the previous 16 before that.
  • Liverpool striker Divock Origi has scored in all four of his home matches against Everton in all competitions, including a brace in their 5-2 Premier League win in December 2019.

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