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Jurgen Klopp Provides Fitness Update on Roberto Firmino Ahead of Merseyside Derby

03 March 2019

But with the Reds top of the table and putting on an impressive display beating Marco Silva's former employers Watford 5-1, what is the view from the Kop ahead of the tie?

Last weekend, Klopp described the tie as like a "World Cup final" for Everton.

There is a possibility that Klopp will have fired up Everton with that comment.

"I've been lucky enough to see Jurgen Klopp work at close quarters - and there's a lot more to him than you see on the telly", he said. "I managed my first derby with Liverpool in December and what I felt was a special match for both teams".

"After the United game I told him it was nothing to do with how he's playing because of my reaction". We have to see. "Like us and for them they celebrated like a World Cup Final". How important is a win at Goodison to regain momentum? "Because in that match we deserved something more".

The 27-year-old has scored nine goals and has made four assists in 26 games in the Premier League this season to contribute to their title challenge.

"That's why I can confidently predict he'll have been the calming influence on the Liverpool squad this week, even if most of you see him as that insane guy who loses his s*** on the touchline, and gallops onto the pitch like a psycho!" "It's a long time, a long period without a win for us as a football club". So, if we get the win in the derby on Sunday, it will give everyone confidence to go on and win the remaining games. How big a boost is that to your chances?

"We have to be ourselves, to believe in ourselves", Silva added. Of course the game was special.

What's your favourite derby moment? But I have to say that the one that sticks out for me is the last one. That's the first thing I think about. I will not do it again, but what happened that day was very surprising.

'What threat do Everton have?

Origi is the biggest threat to Everton after scoring that victor in December!

In a bid to find some solidity, Phil Jagielka was recalled for only his second league start of the season in midweek and he duly helped them keep a much-needed clean sheet at Cardiff. "It's a ball we fight for, not a bone or whatever". He's a composed figure in the team and is becoming a fan favourite. In the games, I know that we are the ones who have to do it for the people. Of course it's a long time without a win for us as a football club - that means it's a hard match.

You can't rule out Mane or Salah either.

The news could be just the tonic the Liverpool squad needs as they look to make history in the Premier League and in Europe with the away leg against Bayern Munich also on the horizon. I think Everton will sneak a goal this time.

Jurgen Klopp Provides Fitness Update on Roberto Firmino Ahead of Merseyside Derby