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Old foes Liverpool and Everton do battle for the 221st time on Saturday looking to claim early local bragging rights, as Bet365 report plenty of money coming in for the home win at odds of 2/1.

The pair have made strong starts to the season and currently sit 2nd and 6th respectively, with just three points separating them.

Liverpool will head into the game on the back of a comfortable 4-0 win over Fulham last time out while Everton are unbeaten in four but have failed to find the net in each of their last two games.

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Luis Suarez should play despite featuring for Uruguay in their world cup against Jordan late on Wednesday night.

The striker, with 8 goals in 7 games since his return from suspension, was provided John W. Henry’s private jet so he could travel back to Merseyside and he will be assessed on his return.

Suarez has proved to be a welcome problem for Reds manager Brendan Rodgers, with the Northern Irishman admitting that dealing with the many fires that his talismatic forward as lit in his 18 months in charge has made him a better manager.

He said: “Seventeen months on, I’m a much better manager for that experience.

“Some of the things Suarez has done, he knows were wrong. Some of them have been really testing situations as a manager, there have been some challenging moments.”

Defender Daniel Agger returned to the backline with a strong display in the 4-0 win over Fulham and the Danish star, expected to keep his place, has admitted he is impressed by the performances of Everton so far.

“It’s about three points and they are the ones for us hopefully”, Agger told Bold.dk.

“It is always tough and intense fighting. But that’s that.

“They’ve had a really good start. There is a new manager and a slightly different style of play.

“They have a solid team and they have had that for many years, but they are off to a good start.”

Daniel Sturridge like Suarez should play despite a full game for England midweek. The striker had a tough evening against Per Mertersacker and he can expect another tricky afternoon up against Phil Jagielka and Sylvan Distin.

Everton meanwhile could give Ross Barkley a start ahead of Leon Osman as they look for creativity in the final third. The young midfielder has impressed when given the opportunity this season.

Romelu Lukaku will start up front while Antolin Alcaraz and Tony Hibbert are both now fully fit to resume first-team duties but unlikely to feature.

Long term absentee Darron Gibson remains out while Arouna Kone is still side lined.

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