Liverpool’s heavily depleted squad leaves Jurgen Klopp with an extremely difficult selection for Saturday’s Merseyside derby clash with Everton.

After adding another special European night to Anfield’s collection, Klopp’s side prepare to regroup and recompose for the small matter of the Merseyside derby.

The derby is terribly timed with all focus on the Champions League, and Klopp is facing a tricky selection after the efforts produced in midweek and with thoughts already on the quarter-final second leg at Man City.

In his pre-match press conference Klopp said “we have to line up to give us the opportunity to win the game,” suggesting a strong Reds side will feature.

But the boss could turn to his last squad members standing and even potentially some of Anfield’s upcoming talent to refresh the team at Goodison Park.


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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 4, 2018: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah goes off injured during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 3, 2018: Liverpool's Curtis Jones during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Tuesday’s make-or-break second leg is undoubtedly the priority, and it makes it just a question of how heavily Klopp rotates on Saturday.

At the same time, Klopp also made clear he will not just write off such a significant fixture, labelling the derby “the most important game for the people.”

So the boss is likely to go as strong as avoidable risks and the depleted squad allows, meaning rests could come only for players in positions where experienced Reds are readily available to enter.

This would work perfectly at full-back with Clyne and Moreno available to start, but…

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