Everton v Liverpool preview: Reds wait on trio, Jagielka suspended for Merseyside derby

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Everton v Liverpool preview: Reds wait on trio, Jagielka suspended for Merseyside derby

Liverpool have decisions to make over Daniel Sturridge, Emre Can and Joel Matip ahead of Monday’s Merseyside derby,  from 7pm.

Sturridge is being considered for a cameo role as he continues to work his way back from a calf injury, while Can (knee) and Matip (ankle) are also well on the road to recovery.

Liverpool are currently unbeaten in their last 11 league derby matches with Everton – winning four and drawing seven – with Everton’s last victory coming at Goodison Park in October 2010.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman admitted he is keen to end their torrid runagainst Liverpool, while Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is yet to take part in a Merseyside derby as a visiting manager.

And the German is expecting a “battle” in the Monday Night Football clash, describing the match as a “very, very, very, very big game”.

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Everton will be without captain Phil Jagielka on Monday night.

The defender was sent off late on in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal and must serve a one-match ban, but veteran midfielder Gareth Barry is available after sitting out the midweek clash.

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Winger Yannick Bolasie has had his first knee operation but faces more surgery before beginning the long road back.

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will again start for Liverpool in place of the dropped Loris Karius and midfielder Marko Grujic remains sidelined with a tendon injury.

This fixture has seen more red cards than any other in Premier League history (21), while 11 of these have come at Goodison Park – another PL record.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 11 league derby matches with Everton (W4 D7). This is their longest unbeaten run against them in league competition since an 11-game streak in between March 1979 and March 1984.

Everton have only won one of their last 19 Premier League Merseyside derbies (W1 D9 L9), with this solitary win coming in October 2010 at Goodison Park.

Daniel Sturridge has scored four goals in his last five league appearances against Everton for Liverpool.

Romelu Lukaku has scored five goals in his last eight Premier League appearances against Liverpool.

This will be the seventh Premier League Merseyside derby to be played on a Monday and Everton have only lost one of the previous six (W3 D2 L1).

The Toffees have won 11 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.

Divock Origi has scored in his last five games for Liverpool in all competitions, the longest such run at the club since Daniel Sturridge in February 2014 (eight games).

Liverpool are massive favourites here, but this is a Merseyside derby, a leveller, so anything can happen

If Everton can play like they can, like they did against Arsenal, getting in their faces, they can get a win. If they play like they did in the first half against Arsenal, sitting off and allowing Liverpool to come at them, then Liverpool will win.

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