Liverpool and Everton meet in the 233rd Merseyside derby on Sunday, with Goodison Park desperate to see a surprise result dent the Reds’ title bid.
Everton vs. Liverpool
Sunday, March 3, 2019 – 4.15pm (GMT)
Referee: Martin Atkinson
The 5-0 win was one of Liverpool’s best performances of the season and it sent out a clear message to champions Man City: the Reds are going nowhere.
Every game is significant at the moment, with Klopp’s men 10 wins away from securing a first-ever Premier League title.
One of their toughest-remaining assignments arrives this weekend, as Everton look to deal a blow to their local rivals.
The Blues have had a disappointing season under Marco Silva, but in front of a revved-up Goodison crowd, they will be raring to go.
Although Liverpool haven’t lost a derby since way back in October 2010, five of the last six meetings at Everton have ended in a draw.
That goes to show that they will have their work cut out and they must take the momentum from the Watford game with them.
A number of away outings in big matches have been disappointing this season; it is time for Liverpool to secure a resounding win on their travels, further outlining their title credentials.
It could be nerve-shredding encounter, as derbies often are, particularly as this one carries such extra significance.
This fixture last season: Everton 0-0 Liverpool
Roberto Firmino is expected to return to the squad after recovering from an ankle injury, but whether or not he starts is another matter.
Brewster will return to full training next week for the first time in over a year.
Silva has a clean bill of health ahead of the game, with veterans Phil Jageilka and Leighton Baines fit again.
Last 5 Away to Everton (All Competitions)
Drew 0-0 – April 2018
Won 1-0 – December 2016 (Mane)
Drew 1-1 – October 2015 (Lukaku; Ings)
Drew 0-0 – February 2015
Drew 3-3 – November 2013 (Mirallas, Lukaku x2; Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge)
Away fans’ pubs: The Sandon? I usually stay the blue side of County Road even for derbies so I’m not best placed to answer this one!
One piece of advice for visiting fan: Explore as much of our fantastic city as you can, it will dampen all of the shitty, idiotic stereotypes you will have heard and read about it, and make you want to come and visit again.
It’s one of the best places on earth, I promise.
Answers courtesy of Dave Downie (@daviddownie17).
Did You Know?
The 26-year-old has already secured 16 shutouts in his first 28 league games in English football, giving him a great chance of pipping Reina.
Incidentally, Alisson has kept more clean-sheets than he has conceded goals (15) in 2018/19, which highlights what a superb addition he has been.
Everton – Last five results (all competitions)
Won 3-0 vs. Cardiff
Lost 1-0 vs. Watford
Lost 2-0 vs. Man city
Lost 3-1 vs. Wolves
Won 1-0 vs. Huddersfield
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Klopp praised the form of Matip, who has quietly gone about his business in reliable fashion:
“Very impressive. I think we all know when he first came back, he was not the Joel we had before he got injured.
“Because when he got injured he was outstanding. It was outstanding what he did, especially the Napoli game where he got the injury, he played a really, really top-class game.
“He’s just a really high, high, high-class player. He’s doing the job, he’s not asked for any credit or whatever.
“He’s just there, he loves what he’s doing. So it’s really nice to have him around.”
TV & Live Blog Info
Everton vs. Liverpool is live on Sky Sports Main Event from 4pm (GMT), with kickoff at Goodison at 4.15pm.
Chris Williams will be in place on our matchday live blog from 3.30pm, with lots of pre-match content and minute-by-minute updates during proceedings.