Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has pleaded with ​Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to play midfielder Naby Keita in the Merseyside derby against Everton.


Keita joined the Reds in the summer from RB Leipzig for £52m and has had a slow start to his Anfield career after missing several games due to injury this season.


With Jordan Henderson suspended from Sunday's game after being red-carded at Watford last week, Klopp will have to make a decision on who replaces his captain.

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Speaking to ESPN FC as quoted by ​insidefutbol.com, Reds legend Nicol said that Keita will be questioning why he isn't being given first team opportunities if he doesn't start.


"That is strange (the fact that ​​Keita has been restricted to just four starts this season).


"Well if he (Keita) doesn't (start) this weekend, because Henderson is suspended, then he is going to be scratching his head thinking 'what have I done?"

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​Liverpool can shorten the gap from Manchester City to just two points if they manage to get a victory over city rivals Everton on Sunday. 


Jurgen Klopp's side remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season but have struggled in the Champions League, with the Reds on the brink of elimination from the competition after losing to PSG.