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merseyside derby Jurgen Klopp on Alisson injury rumours as he insists there is no extra desire to beat Everton

Liverpool keeper will be fit for the game at Anfield on Saturday

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Jurgen Klopp with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker (PA)

Jurgen Klopp with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker (PA)

Jurgen Klopp with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker (PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted first choice keeper Alisson is getting back on track after an alarming dip in form over the last few weeks.

Alisson's uncharacteristic errors played a huge role in Liverpool's defeats in their last two Premier League game against Manchester City and Leicester, with Klopp admitting his side's title hopes ended as a result of those defeats.

There were concerns Alisson may be an injury doubt for Saturday's Merseyside derby against Everton, but Klopp insisted his first choice keeper was fit and he offered him a glowing endorsement.

"He's fine," confirmed Klopp when asked about Alisson's fitness, begore he offered up a strong defence of his keeper.

"My confidence, if we talk about Alisson, nothing has changed. But we are all human beings and Alli as well. He has shown that in the last two games. It's how it is. It's not a problem.

"It's not about telling him he's a world class goalie. He knows that. Alli is too smart to ignore that. In the end, we can rely and he can rely on his quality and his attitude and how focused he is in a game. I had not one second of doubt about Alli."

The game against Everton revives uncomfortable memory for Klopp and his team, with Virgil van Dijk sustaining a season-ending knee injury in the first Merseyside derby of the year at Goodison Park in October.

Klopp insisted his side will not be motivated to punish Everton for that game, with Everton keeper Jordan Pickford guilty of inflicting the injury after a lunge on Van Dijk.

"Nothing will be carried over," added Klopp, when asked whether a desire to beat Everton.

"A week later, two or three when we got the diagnosis for Virgil, it is good we didn't play Everton again, let me say it like this.

"Now we just don't think about it, but it's still a derby and that's enough to be motivated.

"I don’t know what I will think when the season is over.

"Hopefully something nicer than the Everton game. It was an important day for sure."

Klopp also confirmed striker Diogo Jota is close to a return, but he will not be available for the Everton game on Saturday, with Fabinho sill absent with injury.

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