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Everton host Liverpool in the 231st Merseyside derby on Saturday looking to end their 16-match run without a win in the encounter.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the issues ahead of the Premier League clash.


Salah Sitting It Out?

Premier League leading scorer Mohamed Salah (29 goals) sustained a groin injury in the midweek Champions League win over Man City and manager Jurgen Klopp is not prepared to risk him despite it being the derby.

The Reds boss knows the Egypt international will be pivotal to their progress in Europe and cannot afford to take any chances with a player who has found the net an incredible 38 times this season.

His absence means striker Danny Ings is likely to get his first start under Klopp, two-and-a-half years after the German’s arrival.

 

Injuries An Issue

Klopp’s squad is starting to look increasingly threadbare.

On Wednesday he had only two fit centre-backs with Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip all sidelined.

Midfield does not look much better with Adam Lallana (hamstring), Emre Can (back) and youngster Ben Woodburn all out, while Salah’s absence up front is a concern.

Under-23 defender Conor Masterson was on the bench in midweek and is likely to be present again but Klopp is reluctant to throw in more youngsters for a potential derby debut.

 

Stick or Twist For Big Sam?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 23, 2017: Everton's manager Sam Allardyce during the FA Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sam Allardyce has already faced Liverpool twice this season within the space of a month with an FA Cup third-round exit…



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