Liverpool’s expected starting line-up for Everton derby - with Jurgen Klopp tipped to make one key change

The Reds are in excellent form but their recent record at Goodison Park is a poor one.

<p>Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images </p>

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Liverpool head into the Merseyside derby against Everton in imperious form.

The Reds have won their past three games following the international break, scoring 10 goals.

Jurgen Klopp's side routed Southampton 4-0 on Saturday and are now just two points off the top of the Premier League.

However, they have one of their toughest away games of the campaign at Goodison Park.

Liverpool have won just once in their past eight attempts when making the short jaunt across Stanley Park.

Liverpool celebrate during their victory over Southampton. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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While the Toffees are on a terrible run of results, picking up just two points in their previous seven games, all form goes out the window.

Klopp will have to get his tactics absolutely spot on to return to Anfield with all three points.

Here's how we think Liverpool will line-up against Everton.

Goalkeeper and defence

Alisson Becker is aiming for a fourth successive clean sheet between the sticks.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold will be hoping for a maiden victory at Goodison Park, having drawn his previous four visits.

Virgil van Dijk will return to the scene that ruined his season last term. The defender was on the receiving end of a rash tackle from Everton keeper Jordan Pickford and suffered an ACL injury.

The decision at the back is who partners van Dijk.

Ibrahima Konate was given the nod against the Saints but Klopp may want experience in such a crucial game.

Instead, then, the ever-reliable Joel Matip is tipped to come back into the team.

Liverpool defender Joel Matip. Picture: PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images

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Midfield

It's been a rarity that Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago have played together at Anfield.

They've started two games together this term. One was against Southampton and the other was a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace in September.

Thiago had such a frustrating time on Merseyside, with a red-card challenge from Richarlison in this fixture last season partly to blame.

But the Spain international is finally starting to build momentum and has scored in his previous two matches.

Thiago scored Liverpool’s third goal against Southampton. Picture: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images

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Up front

Is there even any question about who is going to start in the forward positions?

It was a surprise that neither Mo Salah nor Sadio Mane were on the scoresheet against Southampton. Both must have been frustrated not to have bagged.

Instead, Diogo Jota snatched the headlines with a first-half double to put the home side on the road to success.

Everton will have to be on their mettle to shackle the trio.

Liverpool's predicted line-up

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Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Salah, Jota, Mane.