Liverpool - Everton Preview: Jürgen Klopp looking for Merseyside Derby victory at first attempt

Jürgen Klopp will take charge of his first Merseyside Derby since being appointed Liverpool manager back in October as the two teams go head-to-head at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Liverpool - Everton Preview: Jürgen Klopp looking for Merseyside Derby victory at first attempt
Roberto Firmino celebrating his goal against Bournemouth. (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool head into the Merseyside Derby against Everton on Wednesday in high spirits having only lost once in their last eight Premier League matches.

A much-changed and youthful side were handed an opportunity to shine on the weekend, as Jürgen Klopp chose to give a number of his senior players a welcome rest ahead of a busy climax to the season.

The German's faith paid off as Liverpool emerged victorious over Bournemouth in a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge.

A win on Wednesday against rivals Everton could see the Reds jump up to sixth in the table, as they attempt to finish as highly as possible - with the Europa League still their best bet of reaching next year's Champions League.

Klopp is expected to name a much stronger side for the highly-anticipated match under the Anfield lights, with this the first Merseyside Derby he has managed in.

Team News

Divock Origi suffered a slight back injury after coming off the bench in the game against the Cherries at the weekend, however the injury was only minor and will be fit for selection.

Kolo Touré picked up a hamstring injury in the same game and is a doubt to be included in the match day squad, meaning Martin Skrtel could return to the matchday squad after being excluded from Sunday's 18.

Sakho's battle with Lukaku could help decide the game on Wednesday night. (Picture: Getty Images)
Sakho's battle with Lukaku could help decide the game on Wednesday night. (Picture: Getty Images)

The Reds will also be without long term absentees Emre Can and Jordan Henderson who are fighting to be fit again this season with ankle and knee injuries.

Roberto Martinez opted to rest star players Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley during their 1-1 draw with Southampton on the weekend, but both are expected to come back into the starting eleven for this encounter.

However the Spaniard has problems at the back as Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman are both out due to hamstring injuries, though midfielder James McCarthy is expected to make his return from suspension.

The Opposition

The Toffees have had a poor season as they currently sit in eleventh in the league, closer to the relegation zone than the top five.

A highly inconsistent defence has meant that Lukaku’s 18 league goals haven’t won them as many points as they should have.

However away from the league, Martinez’s men have managed to secure a trip to Wembley in the FA Cup, where they will face Manchester United, in the semi-finals on the weekend.

With this their only chance of silverware this season, they could potentially play a slightly weakened side for this derby so as to focus their best efforts against United.

Head-to-Head

Everton have not beaten Liverpool in 10 league matches, drawing seven and losing three times.

The Reds' last derby defeat came back in October 2010, where they lost at Goodison Park.

Liverpool haven't won back-to-back Premier League games at Anfield since May 2015.

Roberto Firmino has been involved in 12 goals in his last 11 league games (eight goals, four assists).

Romelu Lukaku has scored five goals in his last seven league appearances against Liverpool.