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Everton vs Liverpool latest as Merseyside faces new coronavirus restrictions

The Merseyside derby on Saturday between Liverpool and Everton will not be affected by the city being plunged into the highest tier of England's new lockdown system.

Various local businesses are expected to close from Wednesday as part of the regulations of a 'tier three' lockdown under the Government's latest proposal.

A final decision is yet to be made on whether the city will face the heaviest restrictions possible, but the news should have no bearing on Saturday's fixture.

Everton's head of communications, Scott McLeod, told The Mail : "Given the intensive testing program, the training bubbles and the extensive protocols we have in place – both at the training ground and on matchdays – at this stage we are not anticipating any impact on Saturday's game from any increase in local restrictions that may be implemented."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to make an announcement regarding the new three-tier plan in the House of Commons on Monday.

Each region in the UK will be ranked as either 'medium', 'high' or 'very high' risk, which will then determine which tier of the plan it comes under.

The PM will then address the nation via a press conference at approximately 6pm Monday evening.

Pubs, bars and gyms are among those businesses expected to be closed in areas of 'very high' risk.

Liverpool is believed to be included in that category after recording one of the highest infection rates in the UK and Europe, according to reports.

Elite level sport is not likely to be affected by the new plans though, while things like schools will also be kept open.

Saturday's clash is one of the most eagerly-awaited derbies in recent memory as Everton go into the fixture three points ahead of their local rivals Liverpool.

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Jurgen Klopp has already been without several of his squad recently due to them contracting coronavirus.

Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara are set to return for the showdown with Everton, while Kostas Tsimikas will also be available after all three have recovered from the illness.

Naby Keita could be ruled out though, as reports claim he has picked up Covid-19 while away on international duty, meaning he will be forced to self-isolate.

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