The 231st Derby
This will be the 198th league meeting with the Reds having won 76 to the Blues 57. It is the most played derby in English league football.
Liverpool have won 92 of the 230 encounters in all competitions with Everton winning 66 and 72 ending all square.
Liverpool have won as many Merseyside derbies at Goodison as Everton have—40 each in all competitions.
An Unbeaten Record?
The Reds have not lost in 16 encounters with the Blues in league and cup—they are unbeaten in the last 14 in the league—a record for Liverpool in Merseyside derbies.
Liverpool have not lost in six league visits. Should they avoid defeat they will equal the club record of seven unbeaten in the league at Goodison, set between 1913 and 1922.
Twenty-seven players have been sent off in Merseyside derby history—nine from Liverpool and 18 Everton players. Only five players had been dismissed in the first 88 years of combat.
The last four Liverpool red cards in league matches have come in games they have gone on to win.
Twenty-one of those red cards have come in the 51 Premier League meetings between the clubs with 12 men being dismissed in the last 26 clashes.
However only player has been sent off in the last 14 league and cup encounters—Ramiro Funes Mori at Anfield in April 2016.
The only other Liverpool player to be red carded in a league game at Everton was Robbie Fowler in 1997.
Mane’s Hunting Ground
Of the players on Liverpool’s current squad list Sadio Mane has scored the most derby goals (two).
Mane has scored in three of his last four games against the Blues including one goal for Southampton.
Reds’ Success On the Road
If the Reds emerge victorious it will be their 10th on the road in the league this season. Only once in the last 15 seasons have they won more than 10 (2008/09).
It would be the first season since 1989/90 (the last time they won the league title) that they have reached double figures for a second successive league campaign.
Liverpool have scored 37 away league goals this season—only once since 1989/90 have they scored 40 or more (they notched 48 in 2013/14).
Everton’s Mixed Fortunes
The Blues are winless in 16 league games against the ‘Big Six’, drawing four and losing 12. They have conceded 43 goals in that time.
Everton have taken 23 points from a last possible 33 at home, winning seven and drawing two. The two defeats came at the hands of the Manchester clubs.
Time to Share the Goals?
The Reds have scored 116 goals this season—only in six previous seasons have they ever scored more. It is their highest tally since the 119 they recorded in 2007/08.
The Reds’ front three have now plundered 77 goals between them this season (Salah 38, Firmino 23, Mane 16). This equals the club record by any trio in a single Liverpool campaign set in 1961/62 by Roger Hunt, Ian St John and Jimmy Melia.
Since beating Manchester City 4-3 in mid-January only one Liverpool player other than the front three of Salah, Firmino and Mane has scored in the league. Emre Can scored in games against Huddersfield and West Ham.
The trio have been responsible for scoring 21 of the last 23 netted by Reds players in the top flight.
Sam Allardyce has won five of 27 league clashes with Liverpool as a manager.
Since he took charge at Goodison, Everton have played 18 league games, winning seven, drawing four and losing seven. They have scored 21 and conceded 25.
This Season’s Scorers
Everton: Rooney (11), Calvert-Lewin (8), Niasse (8), Sigurdsson (6), Tosun (4), Baines (3), Gueye (2), Lookman (2), Vlasic (2), Walcott (2), Williams (2), Bolasie (1), Davies (1), Keane (1), Sandro (1), own goals (1)
Liverpool: Salah (38), Firmino (23), Mane (16), Coutinho (12), Can (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Alexander-Arnold (3), Sturridge (3), own goals (3), Henderson (1), Klavan (1), Lovren (1), Matip (1), Milner (1), van Dijk (1), Wijnaldum (1)
* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea.