Divock Origi starts again in Roberto Firmino’s place, Richarlison on Toffees bench


Liverpool lost their place at the top of the Premier League on Saturday but Marco Silva’s men will be extra determined to derail their Merseyside rivals’ title challenge after the reverse fixture at Anfield in December

Divock Origi has been handed a place in the starting line-up for Liverpool’s trip to Merseyside rivals Everton.

The striker, who was the unlikely hero during the Reds’ win in the reverse fixture at Anfield, is in for Roberto Firmino, who is on the bench after sustaining an ankle knock against Manchester United last weekend.

Origi in action for Liverpool against Watford on Wednesday night

Origi started Liverpool’s last game – a 5-0 triumph over Watford – in which he scored a goal in and although he’s coming in for Firmino, Origi is likely to play out on the left with Sadio Mane occupying the central role.

The only change Jurgen Klopp has made sees club captain Jordan Henderson come in for James Milner.

However, there’s a big surprise in the Everton team which sees Bernard come in for Richarlison.

Richarlison was subbed off after 61 minutes against Cardiff on Tuesday night

Richarlison was subbed off after 61 minutes against Cardiff on Tuesday night

Although Richarlison is not in the best form it seems something of a surprise that one of the Toffees’ top performers this season is only on the bench.

The other change Marco Silva has made from their 3-0 win at Cardiff sees Kurt Zouma start ahead of Phil Jagielka in defence. Below you can see the confirmed team news for both sides.

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin

Subs: Jagielka, Andre Gomes, Tosun, Stekelenburg, Davies, Richarlison, Kenny

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Origi

Subs: Milner, Keita, Firmino, Sturridge, Lallana, Mignolet, Shaqiri

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