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Jamie Carragher names Liverpool player Jurgen Klopp should rest for Merseyside derby – Liverpool Echo

Jamie Carragher names Liverpool player Jurgen Klopp should rest for Merseyside derby – Liverpool Echo

Jamie Carragher says he expects “wounded animal” Liverpool to put in a big performance when they travel to Everton.

The Reds make their shortest away journey of the Premier League season when they head across Stanley Park for the 237th Merseyside derby on Saturday lunchtime.

Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions will be aiming to put right their shocking 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa before the international break and bring an end to the Blues’ perfect start to the campaign in the process.

Carragher, who played against the Toffees 30 times in his 737-game Liverpool career, is expecting Klopp’s side to shake off the club’s heaviest defeat for 57 years when they travel to Goodison Park.

“It’s embarrassing really for Liverpool, really,” Carragher told the ECHO. “I always felt when I was a player that there was nothing worse than having a bad result just before an international break.

“There was so long to stew on it. I would like to think Liverpool will be a wounded animal and show a reaction. Top teams do and this is a top team so I fully expect a reaction.

“It doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the result but it does need to be much improved as [the Villa game] fell way below the standards this team have set which has been phenomenal.

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“I think the last 80 games before the Aston Villa game they had lost four which is scary when you think about it.

“So you have to almost accept the odd defeat now again but it was the manner of it that I think disappointed Liverpool supporters.

“I fully expect them to perform. Liverpool are a better team than Everton, I think Everton know that and if Liverpool play well, they will win. But there’s no doubt it’s a much improved Everton.”

With the Blues riding high at the top of the table, Carragher thinks Saturday’s game will be as evenly matched a contest for some years as Everton entertain their neighbours 10 years to the day since their triumph.

“I actually seen Carlo Ancelotti on the beach yesterday walking his dogs,” Carragher added. “They nearly took my ankle off! They must have known I was a Liverpudlian!

“So yes, Carlo was in fine form and he’s done brilliant hasn’t he? Everton have made a fantastic start to the season and do you know what, I am delighted in a lot of ways.

“It’s just good when both teams are doing well and there’s a lot more riding on the Merseyside derby.

“There’s more energy to it and Everton fans fancy it more and I think it is probably the first time they’ve fancied it under David Moyes since I think that semi-final under David Moyes in 2012.

“They were quite confident going into that, one of my final derby games. So they go into that in fine fetal, confident they can win and hopefully that makes for a great game.”

Carragher believes the biggest concern for Klopp in the build up to the game is the fact that the match is first up for the weekend’s action.

And the legendary former Reds defender thinks Roberto Firmino, who only flew back into Merseyside on Thursday evening, may drop to the substitutes’ bench as a result.

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He added: “It’s very difficult to prepare and the big issue for Liverpool is it’s the Saturday morning game.

“So there’s no real training for Roberto Firmino who has been away with Brazil, I am quite sure he will play with it being a Saturday game.

“I think he won’t get back to Liverpool until Thursday night and will have just the one training session, so I don’t think he’ll play.

“So it’s not easy but it is the same for everyone, but it’s not easy on the back of a loss as a manager you’re sat there trying to get it off your mind but you can’t because you can’t speak to the players with the things you want to go through.

“To be honest, I think it’ll be very difficult to go through the Aston Villa game, I think you’ve just got to go through the Everton game really.

“And just in some ways, because it was two weeks ago, just forget it happened. But no, I think the focus will be straight onto the Everton game, really.”

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