Can We Do The Double Over Everton?
Jealousy is a very noticeable emotion.
Liverpool are sitting on a mountain of confidence, rejuvenated and also able to pull out the bag the fact we are on an unbeaten run of 6 games, we are perfectly poised for a clash with our closest rivals.
But what do the blue half have to show for themselves, well with the added bonus of some of their more familiar faces coming back from injury, they also have a a run of 5 games unbeaten in their last 6 matches.
Like ourselves, they are also only in one remaining competition, the Europa League, and also like ourselves they have a big game directly after we both meet. Everton having Chelsea at home and ourselves facing Arsenal at The Emirates.
With the recent form of our defence, perhaps notably down to a certain Greek it is no secret that fans are expecting a similar solid display from the back four. We all remember last year, Cahill punching the corner flag on more than one occasion after highlighting Liverpool's fallible display against set pieces. I won't watch that happen again!
Liverpool have let in just one goal in their last 6 matches, Everton have let in 4. In terms of goals for, Liverpool's tally reads a steady 8, and Everton can boast the slightly higher total of 9.
Of course, you could probably just throw all these stats/predictions out of the window, because the majority of the time in these sort of games, form is not a measurement for trying to guess the outcome. However, if Liverpool can reflect recent performances we are right to feel confident.
Injury wise the Reds are still in a bit of a rut with Johnson, Benayoun and Fernando Torres still unavailable, it always feels as though you are already starting a game on the back foot. Fabio Aurelio however may be available if when he is assessed the boss gives the go ahead.
Everton still have injury problems concerning Jagielka, Hibbert and Gosling.
So there we have it "the friendly derby" kicks off tomorrow, but you can guarantee the atmosphere will be far from subdued.
In the battle of the primary colours, let's hope that Red can beat Blue on the Green.