With Wayne Rooney’s late penalty allowing Everton to snatch a 1-1 draw in the last meeting between the pair, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be a little worried as he goes into this game without his sides leading goal scorer Mohammed Salah and their Brazilian midfield maestro Phillippe Coutinho due to groin and Thigh injuries respectively.
On the plus side there is a likely recall for Loris Karius to the starting keeper spot, while they latest £75m signing from Southampton, defender Virgil van Dijk could make his debut after being the worlds most expensive defender earlier this week.
The visitors are giving defender Michael Keane and forward Idrissa Gueye every chance to prove their fitness ahead of the cup clash. Keane suffered an injury to his foot that required stitches after their News Years day defeat to Manchester United, while Gueye is struggling with a hamstring Injury.
The Toffee’s could have one ace up their sleeve in this tie that Everton boss Sam Allardyce described as “Win or Bust” is the fact that they have agreed a £27m deal with Turkish side Besiktas for Striker Cenk Tosun and will be hoping to register him in time to take some part in the tie.
In other Everton related news, 24 year old Everton midfielder Ross Barkley could have played his last game for the club after rejecting a new deal at the club.
The England International is yet to play for the Toffee’s this year due to a Hamstring injury, but expected to travel to London for a medical before concluding a £15m move to Chelsea having originally turning down the chance to move south on deadline day in August the clubs re-entered negotiations earlier this week.