Which players are likely to be unavailable when Liverpool take on Everton?…
Star player Mohamed Salah looks unlikely to be risked against Everton on Saturday after limping out of the 4-0 Champions League win over Manchester City in midweek.
The Egyptian, who has a tight groin, hasn’t officially been ruled out of the encounter but, with the second leg against City on Tuesday night, manager Jürgen Klopp is expected to hold him back.
Elsewhere, Emre Can remains sidelined with a back problem and there are growing whispers that his season could be over.
The midfielder suffered the setback against Watford on March 17 and was initially expected to be available again this week but that will certainly not now be happening.
Joël Matip (thigh), Adam Lallana (muscular) and Joe Gomez (ankle) will also miss the derby, while Ragnar Klavan is once again a doubt (general fitness).
The mounting injury problems have seen five U23 players training with the first team this past week – Curtis Jones, Rafa Camacho, Conor Masterson, Herbie Kane and Nat Phillips – and at least a couple of them could be involved in the matchday squad at Goodison Park.
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Everton are also enduring a host of injury problems at present with Gylfi Sigurðsson, Eliaquim Mangala (both knee), James McCarthy (broken leg) and Maarten Stekelenburg (groin) all long-term absentees.
Mason Holgate underwent minor ankle surgery during the recent international break so is also expected to be absent for Liverpool’s visit, while midfielder Idrissa Gueye is a doubt with a hamstring issue.
Neither team has anyone ruled out through suspension.
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