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Further Matchday Considerations:
+ Kuyt and About:
Let's talk about Dirk Kuyt some more.
'Dangerous Dirk' has emerged as something of a 'supersub' so far this season, coming in as a clutch player (and scoring in the Reds' Carling Cup victory over Brighton & Hove Albion) and having some trouble breaking into the first team.
Jordan Henderson needs more time to develop and Kuyt's persistence and effort on the pitch are assets that would be useful at all points in the match.
It's clear he needs to remain a regular part of the midfield for now, and especially on Derby Day, where he shines.
+ The Return of Martin Kelly:
The 21-year-old defender, who began as a promising youth academy prospect and worked his way up to become a fan favorite at Anfield.
Now back after recovering from a hamstring injury, Kelly will be one to watch in his first big test of this season and could be what the Reds need to stop a win-hungry Leon Osman.
+ Over the Cahill:
Everton will likely be without their star Aussie midfielder as Tim Cahill is still looking doubtful after a shin injury.
Although Cahill has yet to score a goal for the Toffees so far this season.
His versatility and inventiveness have always proved an asset. With him normally taking something of a leadership role in the attack, it'll be interesting to see what tricks Everton can pull out of their sleeves in his absence.
Key Matchups: Martin Kelly vs. Leon Osman, Dirk Kuyt vs. Leighton Baines; Luis Suárez / Craig Bellamy vs. Tim Howard
Injuries / Absences:
Liverpool: Daniel Agger (ribs), Glen Johnson (hamstring)
Everton: Victor Anichebe (hamstring), Tim Cahill (doubtful, shin)