Thiago starts for Liverpool against Everton, Ben Godfrey on bench for Merseyside derby and Allan is back for Premier League table toppers

Ben Godfrey starts on the bench for Everton, but Carlo Ancelotti has been able to include Allan in an attempt to stop Liverpool’s rampant attack.

The Everton manager had earlier in the week been boosted by the return of the summer signing Allan from injury as well as Andre Gomes, while his opposite number, Jurgen Klopp, is able to start Thiago Alcantara.

Thiago starts for Liverpool, but new signing Godfrey begins the derby on the bench

The derby is live on talkSPORT at 12.30pm and will see the champions hoping to bounce back from the 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa.

Goalkeeper Alisson remains sidelined meaning Adrian starts in goal again.

Upon hearing the starting line-ups, former Liverpool star Ray Houghton revealed his delight at the return of Sadio Mane, but echoed concerns aired earlier in the day by Tony Cascarino on talkSPORT where he called the no.2 the worst back-up goalkeeper in the Premier League.

And things didn’t begin well for Liverpool as they were stuck in traffic en route to Goodison Park and arrived later than planned.

Summer signing Rodriguez is forming a good rapport with Calvert-Lewin

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Summer signing Rodriguez is forming a good rapport with Calvert-Lewin

Everton, meanwhile, will feel this can be their chance to finally record a win – the first in 10 years – against their city rivals.

If striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin scores, the 23-year-old will become the first player to score in each of Everton’s first five league games in a season since Tommy Lawton in the 1938/39 campaign.

On Friday, Ancelotti said his table-topping side will find out just how good they really are when they face their city rivals and the reigning Premier League champions.

TEAMS

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne, Doucoure, Allan, Andre Gomes, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison

Subs: Delph, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Bernard, Godfrey, Davies, Olsen

Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Mane

Subs: Wijnaldum, Milner, Gomez, Jones, Minamino, Jota, Kelleher

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