The international break has made it so that there has been plenty of time to stew over the result and contemplate the challenges on the horizon, which all starts with a trip to Goodison Park.
It is a fixture the Reds have enjoyed over the last decade, winning 11 and losing none of the last 22 meetings home and away.
In the latest edition of ‘This Is Anfield Weekly’, host Keith Costigan was joined by TIA’s Chris Williams to discuss the Merseyside derby and how it could easily prove to be a “recipe for disaster” for either team.
“I’m just as nervous because this is the fixture I look forward to the most when it comes out, the Merseyside derby, then the games against Man United, then against Arsenal, Tottenham and Man City – that’s it for me,” Williams said of the upcoming game.
“I’m always a little nervous but I would say I’m more nervous this season because of the start they’ve had and, for once, they’ve got themselves a really decent manager and they’ve got themselves a squad of very good players.
“Unfortunately, they all look really happy together and it’s behind-closed-doors and I think that benefits them at the moment because their fans do get a bit edgy.
“When it’s not going well, they get a little bit edgy and they’re not the only fans that do that, and so I think it’ll benefit them.
“They look like a team who just want to play football at the minute and we’ve just been whipped so there is a recipe for disaster. I’m just hoping that Liverpool have a point to prove.
“To say alright, you’re doing pretty well but just remember who we are and spank them. If that happens, great but they’re due a win at some point and I can see it being this season, maybe.”
“It’s funny because I was going to joke that Everton fans knew it was their fans holding them back all these years, because once they’re not there they are flying,” Costigan added to the discussion.
“They want to go forward and they’ve conceded goals in games as well. I think if you play that way against us, forget the Villa performance, but in general if you play that way against us it’ll be a recipe for disaster.
Either way you look at it, this is set up to be one of the most competitive Merseyside derbies in recent years and it provides the perfect opportunity for Liverpool to turn the pressure valve back on and return to winning ways.
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