The Merseyside derby takes place on Saturday lunchtime and with just 6 points separating the sides, both sides will be looking to take the 3 points in this one. Liverpool have a far superior record in this fixture, however, Everton have shown this season that they are more than capable of matching the top sides in the Premier League.
Any chance of that elusive Premier League title win may have evaded Liverpool for another season, but manager Jurgen Klopp may well be pleased with a top 4 finish in his first full season in charge. They sit just 3 points off Tottenham Hotspur in 2nd place, and a win here against their city rivals would see them move into 3rd place for 2 hours at least. SadioMane has been a revelation this season and with 12 goals and having already bagged one against Everton, he will be looking to add to his tally.
Liverpool, arguably, have the easiest run in and have now played all the ‘top clubs’. After this match, they face Bournemouth, Stoke City, West Brom and Crystal Palace and 2nd place must feel like a real possibility and would lay down a marker for next season.
Everton’s record against their neighbours is shocking to say the least. Their last win over Liverpool in the Premier League came in 2010 with a 2-0 win at Goodison Park. They will be well aware that a win here would lift them above Manchester United and into 5th place, although they would have played 2 more games. Top Premier League goalscorer, Romelu Lukaku, who has scored a phenomenal 21 goals this season has dropped a bombshell, stating that he wants to leave at the end of the season and he will be one player who will be incredibly difficult to replace.
The corresponding fixture last season finished 4-0 in favour of Liverpool with Origi, Sahko, Sturridge and Coutinho all getting on the scoresheet and with a 1-0 win already this season, Liverpool will be confident of extending their unbeaten run against Everton to 14 matches. It’s not as bad as it sounds for Everton as 7 of those matches have finished in a draw.
All eyes will be on Anfield on Saturday and at the end of this fixture, and with so much at stake, it won’t just be bragging rights that are up for grabs here.
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