CONFIRMED: Liverpool v Everton line-ups - Henderson fit, Mirallas returns

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Here are the sides for Liverpool and Everton in the Merseyside derby this lunchtime.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno, Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana, Sterling, Markovic, Balotelli

Subs: Jones, Toure, Enrique, Lucas, Suso, Coutinho, Lambert

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Barry, McCarthy, Besic, Mirallas, Naismith, Lukaku

Subs: Joel, Gibson, Eto'o, McGeady, Browning, Osman, Alcaraz

Liverpool will be extremely determined to prove they are a much better side than the team that lost 3-1 away at West Ham United last weekend. Brendan Rodgers said he wanted to see improvements and the team should be right up for this game despite a long and drawn out League Cup win against Middlesbrough in mid-week.

A win for Liverpool is important and it would move them onto nine points. That would take them to sixth in the table before Manchester City play this afternoon and it would also help the Reds close the gap on Chelsea at the top of the table.

Everton’s recent record in this fixture hasn’t been great. Roberto Martinez will also be keen for his side to defend more resiliently and prove they aren’t the worst back four in the division as the stats suggest.

The Toffees need a little bit of luck but they are likely to be a little fresher than their opponents in this game and they will be well supported at Anfield as they always are when it comes to this fixture. A win takes the side up to eighth in the table.

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