Liverpool v Everton: Preview 


Liverpool and Everton  will be aiming to boost their respective European hopes when they clash in the 228th Merseyside derby at Anfield.

The Reds will head into Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off fourth in the standings, six points clear of seventh placed Everton and they will fancy their chances of securing a victory against their city rivals, as they have lost just one of the last 20 league meetings between the two sides.

Jurgen Klopp’s men also boast an impressive record against sides in the upper reaches of the division, as they are unbeaten in 14 matches against top ten teams so far this term, a run that includes a 1-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park in December.

Liverpool have also lost just one league game at Anfield this term, although that was a surprise 3-2 defeat to relegation threatened Swansea in January.

The Reds will head into the match without Adam Lallana, who picked up a thigh problem whilst on international duty with England, while captain Jordan Henderson and forward Daniel Sturridge also remain sidelined.

Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firminho are in contention however, despite their exploits during the international break.

Everton will head into the match in confident mood, as they have been the form team of 2017, picking up 20 points from their ten league matches so far this calendar year.

It’s a fixture which is no stranger to sendings off, with 21 dismissals in 49 Premier League meetings being a league high.
Ronald Koeman’s men have only lost once in the league since their defeat to Liverpool earlier in the season and they still harbour hopes of securing Champions League qualification come the end of the campaign.

The Toffees build up to the match has been disrupted by the injuries sustained by Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori and James McCarthy during the international break, while Morgan Schneiderlin remains sidelined with a calf injury he suffered during the victory over Hull last time out.

Everton’s last victory over Liverpool came at Goodison Park in 2010, while their last triumph at Anfield came in September 1999 with Kevin Campbell netting the winning goal.

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