Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy says he would consider playing Fabinho at centre-half against Everton following a shaky start to 2020/21 by Joe Gomez.
The Reds will be looking to respond in a big way to getting thumped 7-2 by Aston Villa before the international break, but they face Everton who have made a tremedous start.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are top the table with maximum points from four games, and the match promises to be a lively affair.
Everton’s new free-scoring ways are an issue for Liverpool and after Gomez’s personal nightmare against Villa, Murphy says he would play Brazilian enforcer Fabinho at the back.
Writing for the Daily Mail, he said: “I do not know Gomez’s character but from the outside, I would say it would be better for Liverpool if Fabinho partnered Virgil van Dijk for the derby, particularly as Klopp should have other strong options in midfield.
“The middle of a back four is such a crucial part of the pitch and particularly so for Liverpool on this occasion, because Everton’s main strength is their front three, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring every time he plays.”
Jurgen Klopp certainly has some thinking to do ahead of Saturday’s game.
TBR’s View – A headache for Klopp
The Aston Villa result was a night to forget for all at Liverpool, but Gomez’s display was especially worrying.
Barring the league game against Arsenal where he was brilliant, he has struggled so far in 2020/21, so it remains to be seen if Klopp drops him or gives him the chance to redeem himself.
It’s a precarious situation, but £100,000-a-week star Fabinho (Spotrac) is well capable of filling in if the manager decides Gomez’s form is too much of a risk right now.