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    Liverpool trio Thiago, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita back after COVID nightmare, new Everton signing Allan starts Merseyside derby with James Rodriguez

    Saturday marks ten years to the day since Everton last beat Liverpool, and Toffees fans will hope it also signals the end to the Reds’ dominance on Merseyside.

    We’re at that stage in the season when the cream gradually starts to rise to the top – and the flukes tend to get exposed.

    Mohamed Salah and co were shocked by Aston Villa

    For instance, nobody is suggesting that Aston Villa will go around hitting teams for seven all season, or that Liverpool will let that many goals in every week.

    Everton, however, look like more than just a team going through a purple patch of form.

    Their 100 per cent start to the season is the result of shrewd business and sheer quality, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp admitting they ought to be taken seriously.

    He told talkSPORT: “It is difficult coming in the middle of a season to turn things around, and now he [Carlo Ancelotti] has brought in a lot of really good players that fit in 100 per cent.

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    Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton have made a very positive start to the season

    “I am not too interested in what Everton is doing usually but this year when I saw it, it was obvious like, ‘oh God he fits there perfectly, he fits there perfectly, him as well’.

    “You could really see it was the perfect business for them and it makes them a proper threat immediately. Not in one, two, three years… immediately. That is what we all have to face.”

    And that is what Liverpool have to face on Saturday – live on talkSPORT – although they look set to be boosted by the return of several key players.

    In what looks set to be one of the most star-studded Merseyside derbies in years, talkSPORT looks at how the two sides might line up at Goodison Park.

    Mane is back just in time

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    Mane is back just in time

    Team news

    Allison is still out but Liverpool will be boosted by the return of Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mane, two players who were sorely missed during the 7-2 hammering at Villa, after their self-isolation periods due to coronavirus ended.

    They also look set to have Naby Keita available to them after it emerged the midfielder’s COVID test was a ‘false positive’.

    Jordan Henderson completes Liverpool’s midfield boost after getting some valuable minutes for England to return to match fitness.

    Will Godfrey be thrown in at the deep end?

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    Will Godfrey be thrown in at the deep end?

    For Everton, the injury news is not so good. Lucas Digne is being monitored and they could be without Yerry Mina, who is struggling with a knock, presenting an opportunity to new signing Ben Godfrey.

    However, the Toffees are boosted by the return of midfield duo Allan and Andre Gomes, both of whom missed the win over Brighton.

    How Everton should line-up

    How Liverpool should line-up


    Laura Woods meets Jurgen Klopp: Listen to the full interview from 11am this Saturday on GameDay ahead of live commentary of Everton vs Liverpool at 12:30pm!

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