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Jurgen Klopp knows what to expect from Everton boss Sam Allardyce

LIVERPOOL -- Jurgen Klopp says he knows what sort of tactical approach to expect from Sam Allardyce's Everton side on Sunday, but does not believe that will benefit Liverpool.

Liverpool and Everton will meet at Anfield on Sunday afternoon for the 229th Merseyside derby, which will be the first of Allardyce's reign as Toffees manager.

Under Klopp, Liverpool have faced an Allardyce team on three occasions, with the Reds only winning once -- a 1-0 victory at Sunderland in December 2015.

"Sam Allardyce is one of, if not the most, experienced managers in the Premier League," Klopp told a news conference. "On Sunday, I will have played him with [his] three different clubs, and I'm only here two years.

"At each club he did the job. Obviously, he's very successful and we know what we will face, if you want. But that doesn't make it easier, to be honest, because Sam Allardyce teams are difficult to play. That's no secret."

On the derby itself, Klopp, who is the only manager in Liverpool history to win his first three encounters with Everton, added: "So far, how I realised it, there's a lot of respect between the two clubs and I really like that, to be honest.

"In the game, yes there's still respect but try everything to win it, try everything, but around the games we live in one city and there's enough space obviously for supporters of both clubs.

"I know a lot of Everton supporters, you meet them all day around the club, and that's absolutely OK, I have no problem with that. But in the game, I want to see only us at our best."

Sam Allardyce is set for his first Merseyside derby.

Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno will miss Sunday's game because of the ankle injury he sustained during the first half of the midweek 7-0 routing of Spartak Moscow in the Champions League.

Liverpool have consulted specialists about Moreno's issue, but Klopp is still unsure when the defender will be able to return.

"We need to have further assessment. I cannot say much about it," Klopp said. "It's a very rare thing. So far the specialists aren't sure [how long he'll be out for]. Not Everton, but if it's in a week or so, or a little bit longer, we have to wait for that. There's a little damage around the tendons."

Meanwhile, Allardyce feels his Everton side will have to contend with one of the best attacking units in the Premier League on Sunday.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and top scorer Mohamed Salah all head into the Everton game with goals from the thrashing of Spartak.

"It has an atmosphere that's unique to the city," Allardyce told his prematch news conference. "It's about us handling that pressure and atmosphere and handling a team that, I have to admit, is probably in the best form since Jurgen has arrived and one of the best strike forces in the Premier League.

"We will all face the fact that we probably won't have as much possession as Liverpool on Sunday. But what possession we will have, how well are we going to maximise it? If we get a chance, and when we get a chance, we need to score. We need to be very clinical in our finishing when it comes along.

"You can't sort of say: 'If we can block these two players off then we will stop Liverpool.' It's more than that at the moment with the way they're going. It's four or five [attackers] for me."

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.


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