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Liverpool fans react on Twitter to injury updates ahead of Merseyside derby

By Emma Sanders

Liverpool fans had mixed emotions on Twitter following Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match press conference on Friday morning after he delivered fitness updates on Daniel Sturridge, Joel Matip and Emre Can.

Sturridge has been absent for four weeks after picking up an injury in the 0-0 draw against Southampton in November but he could return to the squad on Monday evening for the Merseyside derby.

It’s unlikely he will start but Klopp stated Sturridge was a “maybe” to be included against Everton and that will certainly be a boost for the squad.

As well as Sturridge, Liverpool fans could see Can back in the first team after he was forced to miss the encounter against Middlesbrough on Wednesday evening.

It’s likely that he will be back in the side on Monday evening, which could mean the axe for Giorginio Wijnaldum, with Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Can all starting in midfield.

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Despite the positive news on Can and Sturridge it is not looking so good for Matip who is facing a battle to be named fit for the blockbuster clash.

Matip also missed the 3-0 victory on Wednesday night and he could be forced to sit out the Merseyside derby after Klopp stated his injury was still “painful.”

It means Ragnar Klavan could retain his place at centre-back alongside Dejan Lovren.

Here is a selection of the messages from Liverpool fans on Twitter:

Liverpool have enjoyed a strong start to the season and are currently sitting in second place in the league, ahead of Arsenal on goal difference.

However, they are six points behind leaders Chelsea and really need three points on Monday night in what is always a combustible fixture.

The good news for Liverpool is that they have history on their side – they haven’t lost a Merseyside derby since October 2010 when goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta secured the Toffees a 2-0 victory.

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