No decision yet over Virgil van Dijk debut – Karius back in goal

Virgil van Dijk may have to wait for his Liverpool debut with Klopp taking his time to assess his squad for the Everton game.

The Liverpool boss stressed that while van Dijk was in great shape it might take some time for him to get attuned to his team-mates.  He has only trained alongside his new teammates for a couple of days.

However both Coutinho and Salah will miss out.

Klopp was asked about the new £75M defender:

It's clear that centre half is a position that a player has to be tuned to the rest of the team, but I can understand that everyone is desperate to see him on the pitch.

For us there is no rush - it's much more important how many good games he plays for us rather than how many.

It's not decided - we have to wait a little bit for last updates and then we make the line up.

The line up will be one which shows all the respect we have for the FA Cup.

I know some people say that I don't respect the cup competitions enough but that's actually not the truth so maybe we have to make it a little bit more obvious.

Klopp was asked if he was feeling the pressure in his third season to deliver silverware.

'I have pressure to win trophies.  It's a fact so it's not something you feel - you know it.  We were capable of winning trophies in the first season, and the second season but we didn't do too well.  We don't waste opportunities.  We want to be as successful as possible in all opportunities.

We want to go on.  We know about the importance (of this competition).  We know it will be a tough game and will try everything to go in the next round.

Klopp indicated that Loris Karius will start for the game with Danny Ward on the bench.  Ward has been linked with several loan moves for the second half of the season but Jurgen said that he needs to ensure that Liverpool are suitably protected for that position before 'helping out other teams'.

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