Anfield hosts its 100th league derby – Liverpool vs. Everton Preview

1 December 2018

Liverpool host a confident Everton side in the Merseyside derby on Sunday afternoon, for an eagerly anticipated Premier League clash.


Liverpool vs. Everton

Sunday, December 2, 2018 — 4.15pm (GMT)
Anfield
Premier League
Referee: Chris Kavanagh


The Reds continued their Champions League struggles in midweek, losing 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain to set up a tense final night in Group C.

It was another anaemic European showing on their travels, with Jurgen Klopp‘s side struggling to replicate their Premier League form.

The loss to PSG must quickly be erased, however, as one of Liverpool’s biggest matches of any season swiftly arrives this weekend.

Everton head to the home of their rivals sixth in the table and looking reinvigorated under the impressive Marco Silva.

The Blues haven’t won at Anfield since 1999, but there seems to be a quiet confidence that they can end the barren run on Sunday.

Liverpool are heavy favourites to pick up three points and heap more gloom on their adversaries, though, with only six points dropped in the league all season.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 27, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the fourth goal with team-mate Xherdan Shaqiri during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Cardiff City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

They all came against fellow ‘big six’ clubs, which perfectly illustrates how dominant Klopp’s men have been against the rest.

A huge response is required after the limp midweek showing and Anfield will be bouncing by the time kickoff arrives.

The gap between Liverpool and Man City is likely to be five points by then—Pep Guardiola’s side host Bournemouth on Saturday—so a win is paramount.

Local bragging rights are fairly key, too!

This fixture last season: Liverpool 1-1 Everton

 

Team News

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 24, 2018: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson takes off his captain's arm band after being sent off for a second yellow card during the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jordan Henderson is suspended for the game, following his needless sending off at Watford last weekend.

There are no new injury problems for Klopp to contend with, but Adam Lallana is a doubt and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster are long-term absentees.

Trent Alexander-Arnold should return to the team after being left out in Paris, with the Merseyside derby meaning so much to the boyhood Liverpool fan.

Joe Gomez could then slot in alongside Virgil van Dijk at centre-back, with Dejan Lovren making way.

Henderson’s absence potentially paves the way for Fabinho to come in, while Naby Keita‘s bright cameo against PSG should mean he is line for a first Premier League start since September.

PARIS, FRANCE - Wednesday, November 28, 2018: Liverpool's captain James Milner celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool FC at Parc des Princes. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner are also in contention in central midfield, although both struggled in midweek, despite the latter scoring a well-taken penalty.

Xherdan Shaqiri will be desperate to play but that will likely only happen if Klopp reverts to a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Mohamed Salah playing up front and Roberto Firmino dropping into a No. 10 role.

James McCarthy is a long-term absentee for Everton, but Silva has an otherwise fit squad to choose from.

The Blues could have as many as six Merseyside derby debutants in their starting lineup: Yerry Mina, Kurt Zouma, Lucas Digne, Bernard, Andre Gomes and Richarlison.

 

Last 5 at Home to Everton (All Competitions)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 10, 2017: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton, the 229th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Won 2-1 – January 2018 (Milner pen, Van Dijk; Sigurdsson)
Drew 1-1 – December 2017 (Salah; Rooney pen)
Won 3-1 – April 2017 (Mane, Coutinho, Origi; Pennington)
Won 4-0 – April 2016 (Origi, Sakho, Sturridge, Coutinho)
Drew 1-1 – September 2014 – (Gerrard; Jagielka)

 

Did You Know?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 1, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal against Everton during the FA Premier League match, the 228th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have bossed Everton this decade, remaining unbeaten since a 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park in October 2010, during Roy Hodgson’s tenure.

That’s a 17-match unbeaten streak, with the Blues still looking for their first win at Anfield this century.

Winning hasn’t always come easy for the Reds, however, with nine of those 17 matches ending in a draw.

 

Form

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 11, 2018: Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Fulham FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Lost 2-1 vs. PSG
Won 3-0 vs. Watford
Won 2-0 vs. Fulham
Lost 2-0 vs. Red Star Belgrade
Drew 1-1 vs. Arsenal

Everton – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 1-0 vs. Cardiff
Drew 0-0 vs. Chelsea
Won 3-1 vs. Brighton
Lost 2-1 vs. Man United
Won 2-0 vs. Crystal Palace

 

Klopp’s View

Speaking at Melwood on Friday, a spiky Klopp insisted his side were ready for Sunday’s battle:

“Absolutely. The players had the whole week together. Most of the time they talk to each other, they all know about it.

“Yes [I’m confident]. I thought when we choose a team I think they are ready. Are they ready? We will see, they have to prove it.

“Don’t ask questions when the answer is always on a plate. If you ask the question: yes, I think they are ready, but they have to prove it on Sunday.”

 

TV & Live Blog Info

General, Anfield, matchday, pitch (Pic by Jon Super/Propaganda)

The game is part of a busy afternoon of derby action on Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage getting underway at 4pm (GMT). Kickoff is at 4.15pm.

Chris Williams is in charge of This is Anfield’s live blog, bringing you pre-match content and minute-by-minute updates from 3.30pm.

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