Liverpool's Mohamed Salah doesn't scare Lucas Digne in Merseyside derby

Sigurdsson looking forward to derby day

Jurgen Klopp is adamant Liverpool can cope without the suspended Jordan Henderson in the Merseyside derby after issuing a strong defence of his midfield players on Friday.

Lallana has struggled with a groin problem in recent months and he suffered a fresh setback which caused him to be ruled out of the games against Watford and Paris Saint-Germain.

Shaqiri came off the bench for Liverpool during their 2-1 defeat against PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday.

However, Everton are winless in the last 17 Merseyside derbies in all competitions - last picking up a victory against Roy Hodgson's Liverpool in 2010 - and have not won at Anfield since the turn of the millennium.

That is more than every single season Liverpool have had in the Premier League era, apart from 2008/09 when Rafael Benitez led the Reds to 86 points and a runners-up spot behind Manchester United.

This season they have been far more threatening, however, scoring a total of 20 goals scored in 13 games to buck the trend.

"I agree about the power of this derby, it is a good word", the Everton manager said.

"We are here to build something, to prepare our club and players to compete in every match, every time against these sides and not just on one day where you can have one good day". "That was the overall feeling". But you don't keep that in for three or four days. "I think they are ready, but we have to prove it on Sunday". We are used to that.

"The moment you sign a contract for Liverpool you know you understand, 100 percent, the responsibility for these games", he explained.

'Against City, you watch it and wonder what they are doing.

"It's 4.15pm, so it's a good time, almost dark, perfect-everything is there that we need".

"That's what we want to use, and of course the crowd as well, Anfield as well". Yeah, perfect. Everything we need, so let's go out and fight for each other.

"It's not really the same, but it's in their mind about the sort of football we played last season".

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