(Reuters) – Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp has given his injured squad a collective call to leave everything on the field when it comes to extending his unbeaten run against Everton in Sunday's FA Cup game.
Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp. REUTERS / Phil Noble
Liverpool increased their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 13 points after Thursday's 2-0 win over Sheffield United, but lost midfielder Naby Keita ahead of the game due to a groin injury.
With Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren, who are also injured, Klopp has no choice. Players who are in danger of being injured after an intense phase in which they also traveled to Qatar to win the Club World Cup.
"Who wears a Liverpool jersey throws his soul on the field," said Klopp to reporters. “There are 12 adult players that we have (available) plus the kids. It doesn't matter which lineup I choose.
"I will not (Everton boss) Carlo Ancelotti tell my lineup. I'll decide some things myself and some things the medical department will tell me.
“I'm sure Carlo won't make many changes because he has a chance to win in Anfield. The only advantage we have is Anfield. "
Everton has not won a Merseyside derby in Anfield since September 1999 and lost 2-5 in the league earlier this season.
Liverpool's victory over the Blades left them unbeaten in the Premier League for a full calendar year, but Klopp said there was still room for improvement.
"It's good to stay unbeaten, of course, but the goal was not to extend it, but to win the game," added Klopp. "Nothing ends. We have to make sure we are ready again.
"I am very happy and very proud of the boys. We shouldn't take such things for granted. "
Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Edited by Richard Pullin