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Klopp expects Everton ‘at their best’ in Wednesday’s Merseyside Derby and admits ‘sympathy’ for Silva

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he has ‘sympathy’ for under-fire Everton boss Marco Silva ahead of this week’s Merseyside derby and is expecting their local rivals to be ‘at their best’ for Wednesday’s huge clash at Anfield.

League leaders Liverpool host their Merseyside rivals in midweek, the two sides suffering vastly contrasting fortunes this season with the pressure mounting on Everton‘s Silva following a dismal start to the campaign.

Many have suggested that a poor result could see Silva dismissed from his role at Goodison Park, and Klopp admits he has sympathy for his rival following a difficult period.

“I have sympathy for him, I know how hard being a manager can be. But I think the last thing Marco needs right now is for me to feel sorry for him,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.

“I’m really on his side because I know about the job. The most important game for me to analyse them was the last one against Leicester and it was really close and they were good.

“They looked really settled after maybe one week training with [a new formation], they caused Leicester a lot of problems and had a lot of chances.

“We expect Everton at their best this is the standout game for both teams in the season. We have to show we are ready.”

Liverpool will be looking to maintain their eight-point advantage at the top of the Premier League against an Everton side currently sitting just one place outside the relegation places having won just once in their past five fixtures.

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