Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool spoilt for choice, but Jürgen Klopp faces Roberto Firmino dilemma

Both teams go into the clash at Goodison Park itching to have a good start following the international break, and from Liverpool’s stand point there are a host of questions that will need answering.

Gomez struggled big time that day, and with JoëlMatip coming back into contention, his height and strengths in the air could prove vital in dealing with the threat of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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I can see the merits of going with JoëlMatip in this one given Joe Gomez’s somewhat erratic form and the fact Matip is probably better equipped to combat the aerial threat of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but given he hasn’t kicked a ball yet all season, I don’t see him getting thrown immediately into a fixture of this nature from the start.

Naby Keïtahas been confirmed as unavailable, while Gini Wijnaldum started all three of the Netherlands’ games over the break, so I’d be tempted to rest him for this with a view to bringing him back in against Ajax in mid-week.

My hunch is that Klopp will give him the nod if all is well, and I think that’s probably the right call, leaving Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino as excellent options off the bench (if required).

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