Sam Allardyce Jokes About Jurgen Klopp Being More Popular Than He Is


Attentions on both sides of the divide seem to be elsewhere.

Liverpool enter Saturday's Merseyside Derby off the back of a sensational Champions League victory over Manchester City while Everton lost last time out to Pep Guardiola's men in the Premier League.

Given the current trajectories of the two clubs, they may not get a better chance for some time. With Liverpool facing Manchester City in the Champions League mid-week and the top four all but wrapped up, Sam Allardyce's side will be hoping to face a rotated Liverpool team on Saturday.

"I can not make Mo available because it is the derby".

But it has been his attitude to press conferences and his negative style of play that has turned fans against him, so much so that many Everton fans want him sacked. Unpopular Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin appears the most likely fall-guy from any change in style or personnel.

Ashley Williams returns from suspension after serving a three-match ban for his red card against Burnley.

On Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Klopp was asked about the players huge improvements since joining Liverpool on summer transfer deadline day.

So the responsibility of leading the line could fall to Ings who has featured largely as a substitute this campaign.

Captain Jordan Henderson, though, is suspended for Tuesday's match and will nearly certainly start as part of a midfield trio in Klopp's favoured 4-3-3. "That shows how we mastered a really good side".

"They were extremely patient when we played Chelsea here when we struggled to get out of our own half". We defended perfectly, starting from the front all the way to the back. They had their moments, but they weren't really clear. We're a good football team.

Mohamed Salah
GETTYMohamed Salah is likely to be rested for Liverpool's Merseyside derby

"First of all I don't think it makes sense to start talking here about what we do with the boys in rehab", said Klopp. But Jurgen has a very strong squad and they haven't let him down all season.

In team news Everton make one change as Tom Davies comes in for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. On radio, on TV, in papers and of course social you create the stir. That's what you live with, I understand it.

Rooney had a game to forget last weekend. None of them are easy, particularly in preparation, it's always hard.

"You can not push a player through a game". So the derby is the most important game for a lot of people.

Allardyce stated: "We tried to attack Manchester City and before we knew it we were two-nil down".

But what does he think about Everton's performances this season. It's not my job.

Klopp, though, will be well aware that the tie is not yet over, and thus he may feel he can not afford to throw full force at Everton on Saturday.

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 5, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

In all competitions Liverpool are unbeaten in 16 games against Everton (W8, D8) - their longest ever run without defeat against their Merseyside neighbours.

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