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Oct 26, 2012

Liverpool monitors Jose Reina injury

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will continue to monitor the condition of goalkeeper Jose "Pepe" Reina ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League derby clash with Everton at Goodison Park (ESPN2, 9:30 a.m. ET) .

Reina has been nursing a hamstring problem picked up on international duty with Spain and missed the win over Reading last Saturday and Thursday's Europa League victory against Anzhi Makhachkala, but has been back in training at the Reds' Melwood complex.

Rodgers, who will be with Liverpool in his first Merseyside derby as player or manager, has no fresh injury concerns, with Martin Kelly (knee), Lucas Leiva (thigh) and Fabio Borini (foot) remaining sidelined.

"I have seen it over the years, the real firecrackers of games, full of intensity and passion, which they should be because that is what derbies are about," Rodgers said about potential officiating controversies. "But it is also important to stay calm, and I think the referee has a big part to play in it as well because I have also seen over the games some of the challenges. I think the history of this game shows there have been a lot of red cards.

"I would hope this weekend that we might get a decision that goes our way for once."

He added: "The Merseyside derby is a terrific game full of passion and quality, and I just hope the referee in Andre can really ensure that everything is in control and that the football is what is talked about."

Everton manager David Moyes is hopeful midfielder Marouane Fellaini and full-back Tony Hibbert will be fit for Sunday.

Fellaini missed last weekend's draw with QPR because of a knee injury while Hibbert has not played for more than a month after sustaining a calf problem.

Midfielder Darron Gibson (thigh) is still sidelined and playmaker Steven Pienaar serves a one-match ban after his controversial sending-off at Loftus Road.

Everton is currently fourth in the table after making an impressive start to the season.

The Toffees are six points ahead of 12th-placed Liverpool, who are still finding their feet under their new manager following Rodgers' appointment over the summer.

This week's results made it three consecutive clean sheets for Liverpool, including the 0-0 league draw with Stoke, and Rodgers has emphasized his team's confidence.

"Everton have started well and there is obviously talk of them being in the top four," Rodgers said. "They obviously feel they have the quality and experience to go and do that.

"For us, it is really about taking it game by game and looking to improve, and that is certainly what we are doing at the moment.

"The players have a real strong mentality at the moment. We have three clean sheets in the last three games, we have got some victories and the confidence is really high."

Meanwhile, Rodgers says all his players will on Sunday once again be warming up sporting the T-shirts endorsing the 'Kick It Out' anti-racism campaign.

As a means of showing their dissatisfaction at the amount being done to address racism in football, a number of players at other clubs refused to wear the T-shirts last weekend.

Asked if all his players would have them on again, Rodgers said: "Yes. We obviously had our game with that (at home against Reading), and now it is Everton's game this weekend. But we will support that."

Information from Press Association was used in this report.

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