Jurgen Klopp explains reason for dropping Joe Gomez for Merseyside Derby

Jurgen Klopp has suggested the international break has forced him into the changes he has made ahead of the Merseyside Derby against Everton.

The Reds have made four alterations from the team that was thumped 7-2 by Aston Villa last time out, with Sadio Mane, Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip coming in for Diogo Jota, Naby Keita, Georginio Wijnaldum and Joe Gomez.

Gomez was one of those who suffered a torrid time against Villa, and he was replaced after 60 minutes.

But speaking to BT Sport, Klopp said it had nothing to do with the England defender's performance at Villa Park.

"They are all significant (changes)," Klopp said when asked about his team.

"That's why we do it, not because we want to take out players from the last game just because we want to make a line-up for today's game.

"After international breaks games are always a challenge but the line-up is the line-up and we think it is the right one for this game."

Klopp also thinks people may be reading too much into the Villa game, and thinks there were positives to take despite the heavy defeat.

"A week before the Aston Villa game we played one of the best games since I have been at Liverpool against Arsenal," he added.

"Then we played a really good game with a massively changed team (in the Carabao Cup) against Arsenal and lost in a penalty shootout.

"Then we played a really bad game against Aston Villa. The outside world said 'we did this wrong, we did that wrong', but the challenge is to keep the good things in our game because there were good things as well."

Everton will be looking to win their first Merseyside Derby in exactly ten years, while Liverpool will hope to continue their superb record in the fixture at Goodison Park.

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