Liverpool Preview vs Everton

This Sunday will see the division’s first Merseyside Derby fixture, the 232nd fixture between Liverpool and Everton.

The Reds are in remarkable league form and currently remain unbeaten, with their last league game seeing them comfortably win 3-0 away at Watford.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson saw red late-on against the Hornets and will miss this weekend’s game.

As for the Toffees, a Gylfi Sigurdsson goal against Cardiff last weekend means they have now won four of their last six, currently sitting in an impressive sixth place.

This is a huge contrast to where they sat this time last season. They’d just come off the back of a 4-1 defeat to Southampton, dangling just two points above the relegation zone.

However Marco Silva seems to have solidified their backline massively following his appointment in the summer, having conceded just 15 league goals this season in comparison to the 28 goals they’d conceded at this stage a year ago.

Head-to-head

The first meeting between the two sides in this historic rivalry saw Everton ease to a 3-0 victory in front of 44,000 at Goodison Park.

The blue side of Merseyside have failed to come out on top in over eight years though, with Liverpool unbeaten in the last 17 encounters (eight wins, nine draws).

Both sides had to settle for a point in the two league fixtures last season; the first a 1-1 draw at Anfield, the second a bore-draw at Goodison.

However Jurgen Klopp’s team came out in top when the two sides were drawn out in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. A late debut goal from Virgil van Dijk placed the Dutchman immediately in Anfield folkore following his move from Southampton.

Prediction

Everton have lost just once at home this season, winning five of their seven fixtures at Goodison so far.

However the Reds have been rampant on the road this season, collecting 17 points from a possible 21 this campaign.

That being said in huge fixtures like this, statistics usually mean nothing. We’ve seen in Merseyside Derbies before that the occasion can sometimes get to player’s heads and this needs to be avoided.

Everton undoubtedly now have enough quality to beat the hosts here, especially with the form of star duo Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison.

I personally think it will be quite tight so I’m going to opt for a score-draw here.

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Liverpool 2-2 Everton

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