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Coutinho & Firmino in contention for Merseyside derby

Morgan Schneiderlin is missing for Everton after suffering a calf injury in the win over Hull.

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool are without Adam Lallana for the 228th Merseyside derby because of a thigh problem sustained playing for England earlier this week.

Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge remain out, but Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firminho are in contention.

Everton’s Seamus Coleman is sidelined for the season with a broken leg, a fate set to be shared by Ramiro Funes Mori due to a knee injury.

Morgan Schneiderlin has a calf injury and is also unavailable.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Guy Mowbray: “Does form go out of the window for derbies? With both teams in fine fettle before the break, let’s hope not.

“Everton’s upturn goes back to December’s derby. Beaten only once since losing at home to Liverpool in the last seconds, they’ve narrowed the gap on their rivals from 16 points on 1 January to six on 1 April.

“Might a win across the park for the first time this century even prompt thoughts of pipping the Reds (and two other reds) to a top-four finish?

“It might, although Liverpool’s performances under Jurgen Klopp in the biggest games means that remains a far-flung thought for now.

“Anfield expects. The match SHOULD deliver.”

Twitter: @Guymowbray

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on speaking to England manager Gareth Southgate about Adam Lallana’s injury: “It is absolutely normal to have contact with the manager of the national team.

“We both share players. I was not happy – I could not be less relaxed about this but it is not about blaming Gareth Southgate. I was not happy he played but it is not my decision and I have to respect other manager’s decisions.

“It doesn’t help in these situations but we are not the only team or country who suffered. I think we could handle these situations better if we work together better.”

Everton manager Ronald Koeman on the injury to defender Seamus Coleman: “It’s a big, big blow for the player and a big, big blow for the club.

“In all my years in football, Seamus is one of the best professionals I’ve ever worked with at any club.

“That mentality will really be helpful to him now in not only coming to terms with what has happened but in setting out on the road to recovery and, over time, in him building himself once more to the level he has maintained over many years here at Everton.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

I don’t think Everton will go to Anfield and just try to to defend, which is the main reason I am backing Liverpool to win.

Prediction: 2-0

Lawro’s full predictions v comedian and actor Omid Djalili

  • Think you can do better than Lawro? Predict the score for this match and the rest of this round’s Premier League fixtures in our Predictor game.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • If Liverpool avoid defeat they will equal their best run of 13 league games without losing to Everton, set in 1978.
  • The Reds have lost just one of the previous 20 Merseyside derbies in the Premier League (W10, D9).
  • Everton’s last victory over their local rivals was in October 2010 – Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta scoring in a 2-0 league win at Goodison Park.
  • There have been a league-high 21 red cards in this fixture in the Premier League, with seven of the last eight shown to an Everton player.

Liverpool

  • Jurgen Klopp could become the first Liverpool manager to win his first three league Merseyside derbies against Everton.
  • After winning just one league game in January and February, Liverpool have been undefeated in March (W2, D1).
  • Liverpool could win four straight home games in the league for the first time in a year.
  • They have won 16 matches this campaign, equalling their number of victories from the entire 2015-16 season.
  • The Reds are unbeaten in 14 Premier League games against the current top 10 this season (W8, D6).
  • Manchester United (twice) are the only visiting team to keep a Premier League clean sheet at Anfield during Klopp’s tenure.

Everton

  • Everton have suffered just one defeat in their last 12 league matches (W8, D3) and have kept four clean sheets in the last five games.
  • Their tally of 23 points in 2017 is unsurpassed in the division and they have also scored a league-high 26 goals this calendar year.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored five times against Liverpool in the Premier League, but only one of those goals has come at Anfield, for West Brom in 2013.
  • The Belgian striker has scored 10 Premier League goals in the 80th minute or later this season – a joint record alongside Kevin Phillips, who scored 10 in 1999-00.
  • Ross Barkley has created 67 goalscoring chances, more than any other English player in the Premier League this season.
SAM’s verdict
Most probable score: 2-1 Probability of draw: 23%
Probability of home win: 52% Probability of away win: 25%

SAM (Sports Analytics Machine) is a super-computer created by @ProfIanMcHale at the University of Salford that is used to predict the outcome of football matches.

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