Cody Gakpo could be available for Liverpool’s clash with Everton

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Liverpool could be handed a major boost with the news that Cody Gakpo may be available for his side’s Merseyside derby clash with Everton this weekend.

The Reds return to Premier League action on Saturday lunchtime, with a massive game to look forward to at Anfield against their local rivals.

It was a disappointing spell for Jurgen Klopp’s side before the international break, with dropped points coming away to both Tottenham and Brighton, and it is vital that they bounce back.

While Everton are inferior to Liverpool, the fact that it is a Merseyside derby can act as a leveller, and it may not be an easy afternoon at the office for the hosts.

Someone who was injured during the 2-1 defeat away to Spurs is Cody Gakpo, who limped off at half-time having just scored the equaliser at the time.

Thankfully, the Dutchman could be in contention to return on Saturday, according to a Thursday update from journalist David Lynch on X:

“Cody Gakpo closing in on a Liverpool return after being spotted in training today.”

Our thoughts on Gakpo returning against Everton…

Having Gakpo available for selection for Everton would be an enormous boost for Klopp, on a day when he will look to use the many attacking options at his disposal.

The 24-year-old has proven his worth in a Liverpool shirt since arriving from PSV Eindhoven earlier this year, with his ability to link with those around him not dissimilar to Reds legend Roberto Firmino.

Granted, Gakpo arguably hasn’t yet hit top gear this season, despite his excellent finish at Spurs, but with Darwin Nunez on international duty for Uruguay in midweek, he could be the best central option either side of Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz.

Diogo Jota could also be a fresher, fitter option, however, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see Klopp go with him, but all this does is highlight what enviable choices the manager has in the final third.

Gakpo should only start if he is deemed fit enough after his injury – if not, he could be a great option to bring off the substitutes’ bench during the second half.

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