PREVIEW: Liverpool V Everton

Liverpool welcome Everton to Anfield on Sunday afternoon for the 232nd Merseyside derby. A loss at the hands of PSG in the Champions League during the week will have dented the Reds' confidence levels slightly but the chance of another victory over Everton will surely spur on Klopp's side.

Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson who is serving a suspension. Klopp has also hinted that some players may be rested after a difficult game in Paris where several members of the team picked up knocks. For Everton, they are in a very strong situation as manager Marco Silva has no real injury worries to contend with. 

At the time of writing, Everton are 6th having lost just one of their last five games in the league. The Reds are in 2nd place, still unbeaten and chasing Manchester City who will remain two points ahead at the top if Klopp's side seals all three points. Liverpool have won four out of their last five league games, drawing the remaining match with Arsenal in November.

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The last time the two sides met was in April this year, the match ended 0-0 and for me was one of the worst Merseyside derbies I've ever watched. The last meeting between the two sides at Anfield was in January this year in the FA Cup, the Reds won that game 2-1 thanks to a penalty from James Milner and a goal in the final five minutes from Virgil van Dijk who knocked the Toffees out the cup.

In the past six meetings in the league between the two sides, Liverpool have won on three occasions and there have been three draws. To find a win for Everton at Anfield you have to go back to 1999.

Stat Sandwich:

  • Liverpool have 33 points, their highest ever points total at this point in the league.
  • Everton have lost only one out of their last seven league matches.
  • Liverpool have conceded just one goal at Anfield in the league so far this season.
Everton at Anfield usually results in a victory for the home side but Marco Silva has brought a different flavour to the Toffees and Klopp would be foolish to underestimate the Everton XI. In a Christmas period jammed with fixtures including the likes of Napoli and Manchester United, the Reds could do without an embarrassing defeat to their cross-city rivals at this stage.

Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!