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Five Things We Learned From The Merseyside Derby

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1.The Reds still have itThe 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday afternoon showed that the Reds haven't lost it. When push comes to shove Liverpool have one of the most exciting attacks in the Premier League and while there have been some lacklustre performances of late against smaller sides, this victory highlighted all the positives.
As a Derby it had everything you would expect: goals, crunching tackles and heated moments from players, managers and fans. A cracking performance from Jurgen Klopp's side has put them safely in the mix for the top four.  2.Anybody seen Lukaku?Genuinely, did he even do anything? For a top goalscorer who believes he deserves a better deal than Goodison Park he's going to have to prove he can perform against top opposition to convince everyone. 
He went completely missing on Saturday, utterly silenced by a combination of Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and the tenacious Lucas Leiva.  3.Great goals The three goals from Mane, Coutinho and Origi were all fantas…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Everton

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The Reds welcome their blue neighbours to Anfield on Saturday and if recent match stats are anything to go by it should be a game filled with chances for the Reds. 


Liverpool are currently in 4th, four points ahead of Manchester United and six points clear of Arsenal but both of these sides have two games in hand. Then follows Everton who are in 7th matching Arsenal's 50 points but having played more fixtures. 
Everton's last match was on the 18th March against Hull, the Toffees put four in the net thanks to Calvert-Lewin, Valencia and a brace from Lukaku. 
Liverpool's last game came against Manchester City. I was in Turin at the time (if you haven't seen it yet, check out my blog post on my trip to see Torino v Inter Milan) so watched the match in our hotel room with Italian commentary. I know a bit of Italian but it didn't take a top translator to figure out what was being said when Lallana missed that sitter. The Reds however came away with a draw and to be honest …

Five Talking Points From The Derby Win

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Well, if you're gonna win a Merseyside Derby you may as well break some hearts and do it in extra time! What a massive result that was for Liverpool on Monday night. Conte, we're coming.
1) The Estonian 
At 31 years of age the defender was signed by Klopp as some extra cover but if you've ever watched a performance from a man demanding a place in the side, last night was one of them.
Klavan had an absolute stormer. Every aerial ball defended, every challenge in the box nailed, distribution, positioning, timing. You name it, he bossed it. Without a glimmer of doubt Klavan was most definitely the man of he match.
2) Sturridge
I've said this many times on the blog; I often get frustrated at Klopp in games that are 0-0 when he refuses to chuck on Sturridge. For me if your initial tactical set up hasn't broken the opposition down within 70 minutes, chances are it's not going to happen so why not pull out the ace up your sleeve.
Sturridge soon found space in extra tim…

MATCH PREVIEW: Everton V Liverpool

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There's nothing like a festive Monday night fixture against Everton to get you in the Christmas spirit is there? After a solid win over Boro the Reds will feel more confident going in to this game but the Toffees won't have forgotten Liverpool's recent slip ups against Bournemouth and West Ham.


Both managers have some big decisions to make in terms of their line ups, namely the goalkeeping issue for Jurgen Klopp who opted for Simon Mignolet against Boro. Everton are unable to call upon Jagielka who is suspended and both Bolasie and Besic are out long term. For Liverpool, Can and Matip remain doubts while Coutinho and Sturridge also remain out of action.

This is the 227th Merseyside Derby and Everton have failed to pick up a victory in the last 12 meetings. The last time the two sides met was in April this year, an emphatic win for the Reds saw goals from Origi, Sakho, Sturridge and Coutinho.

The last fixture at Goodison was a bit more subdued as the game ended 1-1 with man…

Five Things We Learned From Battering Everton

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1) Everton really are shocking aren't they?
No offence to Everton... Actually yes, offence to Everton, they were bloody terrible last night. I know they've been having a dodgy season but I never expected the Merseyside derby to be so heavily one sided! 33 attempts to their 3 or something was it?! Unbelievable! 
Obviously the sending off didn't help Martinez's side but they can't claim they were offering much before Funes Mori saw red. The Everton back line was practically non existant and apart from a few flashes from the likes of Ross Barkley I am seriously struggling to find any real positive for them.
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2) Divock Origi's injury made me panic 
If you'd have told me at the start of the season that a crunching tackle on Divock Origi would cause me to have a mini episode I would of laughed in your face. The Belgian just didn't look like he was going to find his feet in the Premier League but as we have all seen this season he has ear…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Everton

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Liverpool welcome Everton to Anfield on Wednesday evening as both sides are on opposite sides of the form scale at the moment. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is under immense pressure from his fan base for poor results in the league while Jurgen Klopp is idolised by Kopites all over after guiding his side to the semi-final of the Europa League. The contrast in fortunes of the clubs should make for a heated Merseyside derby.

Injuries Divock Origi picked up a knock against Bournemouth but according to several news outlets he could still be available for the derby on Wednesday. Definitely unavailable for Liverpool are Emre Can and Jordan Henderson who will not appear again this season for the Reds.

For Everton, Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman are both out with hamstring injuries. Ross Barkley should return to the starting XI after being rested.
Previous Meetings The last time the two sides met was in October last year, the game ended 1-1 after goals from Romelu Lukaku and Danny Ings. Eve…

Rodgers Sacked After Draw In Merseyside Derby

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Liverpool managed to collect a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon, but the real headline fell to Brendan Rodgers when just an hour after the game had finished FSG decided to sack their manager. The news filtered through later in the evening sending Twitter into a storm. Some fans were elated other were saddened, some, like myself weren't really sure what they were feeling but I think most would agree it was time for a change.
I don't want to go too much into the fate of Brendan Rodgers as I will cover this in my Shoot post on Wednesday (follow my Twitter to see it first - @LFCKirstyLFC).

Prior to kick off it looked as though Liverpool might have been given a lifeline when it became clear neither Stones or Coleman would be available in defence. A recently returned  Daniel Sturridge would surely be able to take advantage of the weakened back four?

Sturridge though would not be the man in focus, in fact it would be his fellow forward Danny Ings.

The first half for the…

MATCH PREVIEW: Everton V Liverpool

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After failing to get the better of FC Sion at Anfield on Thursday evening, there's no escaping the pressure cooker for Brendan Rodgers. With a string of poor results and rumours rife that his replacement is being lined up, the manager can accept nothing more than a win in this all important Merseyside derby.

Rodgers has pointed to the fact that he is yet to lose a derby as manager but relying on such statistics is a dangerous ploy, especially when the Reds are failing to perform and Everton are actually playing pretty well.
Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Firmino, Henderson and Lovren whilst Christian Benteke will be subject to a late fitness test after suffering hamstring issues. For Everton, the game could make perfect timing for John Stones and Seamus Coleman who are rumoured to be returning. Kevin Mirallas is serving a suspension.
The last time the two sides met was in February 2015 in one of the worst Merseyside derbies in recent history. It really was dull and …

Drab Merseyside Derby Ends 0-0

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Liverpool came away from Goodison Park with just a point on Saturday evening as Brendan Rodgers' side once again created movement and strings of attacks but failed to score. Liverpool have been riding on the hope that Sterling or Coutinho will find the back of the net for several matches now and in the Merseyside derby it just didn't work.

It's no secret that I hate playing without a striker and whilst several fans keep telling me that this formation works, it is my opinion that it does not. Not with the personnel we are currently using anyway. Sterling for me needs to be placed in his natural position and we need to play with a striker. Whilst three at the back appears to have been working a treat lately also Mamadou Sakho is forever creating a lack of confidence with his poor ability to retain possession and choose the correct pass.

I don't want to complain too much because somehow, despite not playing brilliantly Liverpool are of course on a good run of form but I …

MATCH PREVIEW: Everton V Liverpool

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Liverpool cross Stanley Park tomorrow to face Roberto Martinez's Everton side in what will almost certainly be Steven Gerrard's last ever Merseyside derby. The Reds come into this game on the back of an FA Cup win in the week and will be looking to continue their current good run of form in the league.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they may be unable to call upon Lazar Markovic, Lucas Leiva and Adam Lallana who have all recently picked up knocks. Everton are without Pienaar and Osman whilst there is a doubt hanging over Tim Howard. The Toffees may however decide to call upon their happy chappy Aaron Lennon.

The Reds are currently 7th in the table and they haven't lost a game in the league in their last seven. Everton on the other hand find themselves 12th in the league having won just two of their last 10 league games. Their last victory came against Crystal Palace in January where Romelu Lukaku scored the winner.

The last time the two sides met was in September last year. …

Late Jagielka Strike Denies Liverpool Three Points

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It was yet another rather frustrating afternoon at Anfield as Liverpool had to settle for a draw in the Merseyside derby. In a game that the Reds probably had the lion's share of, Everton didn't know when to give up and a simply sublime strike from Jagielka late on left the home side gobsmacked.

Sturridge despite the rumours was not fit enough to start from the bench and instead watched on from the stands. It was Balotelli up front for Liverpool and a surely knackered Raheem Sterling in an attempt to keep that much needed spark.

The first incident of the game occurred just after a minute when Gareth Barry made a very bad challenge on Adam Lallana and was booked in the process. It's common for crunching tackles to come in early on in a derby and so this was not surprising. Barry's continuation of risky play however was a bit shocking.

Before the focus returned to Barry though, the Reds were keeping the referee busy themselves. Lukaku was brought down in the box by Albe…

Reds Gear Up For Merseyside Derby

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After a mammoth session midweek against the might of Middlesbrough the Reds will be hoping things run more smoothly against bitter rivals Everton on Saturday. However, with a run of poor form recently and a real shaky defence, Everton are probably the last team Brendan Rodgers wants to be facing this weekend.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Allen, Can, Johnson and Flanagan whilst Coutinho, Henderson and Sturridge will be subject to late fitness tests. Everton are at a relatively good strength however Roberto Maritinez is unable to call upon Ross Barkley. Pienaar and Coleman could return to the bench.

Everton are currently 14th in the league on five points. The Toffees may always be a tough game for Liverpool but positively in the run up to this Derby they have only managed to win one of their last five league games, letting in 13 goals in the process.

The Reds are lounging around in 11th having lost three out of their last five league games. Their best performance so far…

Derby Delight

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Liverpool walked away from their Anfield fortress on Tuesday night feeling elated after emphatically beating their Merseyside rivals Everton. The game could not have gone much better for Liverpool who confidently put four past the Toffees without much concern of conceding. An opener from captain Steven Gerrard was followed by two from Sturridge and then a final goal from Luis Suarez completed the rout.

The main change to the Liverpool side saw Jon Flanagan start in defence whilst Roberto Martinez decided to risk Ross Barkley for Everton despite him recently suffering a broken toe.

The game started well for Everton who immediately caused problems with Ross Barkley fizzing an effort just over the bar only a minute into the game. Shortly after Liverpool returned the favour with an attack on the Everton goal but Jordan Henderson's effort was saved by Tim Howard.

Another chance five minutes later saw Henderson this time messing up completely, sending his effort high over the bar. Ever…

Merseyside Derby Under The Floodlights

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Liverpool prepare for one of the most important games of the season on Tuesday evening as Everton make the short trip across Stanley Park to face the Reds at Anfield. Liverpool of course haven't been playing brilliantly recently, despite progressing to the next stage of the FA Cup their performance was a bit lacklustre and their recent draw with Aston Villa was hardly any better. Brendan will be hoping to get back into the swing of things with an emphatic win over bitter rivals Everton.

Liverpool still have some injury worries to contend with as the likes of Lucas Leiva, Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger and Mamadou Sakho are all unfit. There is also a doubt hanging over Joe Allen and so Brendan Rodgers may have to do some shuffling in order to field a strong and balanced side on Tuesday night.

For Everton they lost Oviedo after a nasty, nasty injury in their FA Cup tie this weekend. They are also without Distin and Barkley. Doubts also hang over Coleman and Pienaar and so Roberto Marti…

Goals Galore In Derby Draw

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It was an electric Merseyside derby on Saturday as both the Blue and Red sides of Liverpool found the back of the net on three occasions. An end to end game with neither side intent on defending a lead, it was a shining example for football in the Premier League from two of its most famous clubs.

Liverpool were forced to make some changes to their line up after the fitness of Daniel Sturridge was called into question and Jose Enrique had to be left out. Jon Flanagan got a big chance to impress in the Liverpool defence whilst for Everton they had youngster Barkley plying his trade.

I've started several match previews here on The Liver Bird this season with something along the lines of "the game started in a lively fashion" and it was certainly no different for this fixture!

Liverpool took just four minutes to get onto the score sheet via the magical Philippe Coutinho. His goal may not have been pulled out of a hat but it didn't matter, he was in the right place at th…

Reds Aim To Close Gap On Arsenal With Derby Win

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Finally! Another international break is over and we can breathe a sigh of relief after minimal damage injury wise occurred for the Reds. Liverpool have a huge game this weekend making the short trip across Stanley Park to Goodison where they will face Roberto Martinez's Everton. Both sides have had a cracking start to the season and it should be an exciting 90 minutes.

For Liverpool their main injury concern is with Iago Aspas who is out until early December. The Reds have doubts hanging over the fitness of Kolo Toure who suffered a muscle injury and there are also still questions on Gerrard's ability to play. The captain featured for England despite having a niggle and it is assumed he will make the start against rivals Everton.

The Toffees are without Alcaraz and they also have doubts hanging over Gibson, Vellios and Kone. The majority of Martinez's prefered XI though are available and so things could be worse for the blue half of Merseyside.

Everton are currently in 6t…

Goalless Derby Draw

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Liverpool failed to collect all 3 points at Anfield on Sunday as they struggled to find the back of the net in a rather uneventful Merseyside derby. We're quite used to seeing an exciting 90 minutes when this fixture comes around but not this time. The most controversial moment of the game was a disallowed goal from Distin.

A lovely gesture from Liverpool at the start of the game saw The Kop end create a mosaic saying "Thanks" to Everton.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez had to settle for watching from the stands with his wife and daughter whilst Daniel Sturridge lead the line. Coutinho was again chosen to start and Borini was on the bench once again.

The first half on Sunday was barely anything to write home about (or blog about) surprisingly there was no real sense of urgency in a game that usually sees the excitement get the better of most players. Steven Gerrard, Coutinho and Sturridge were perhaps the most lively however.

Coutiho and Gerrard supplied some superb passes,…

Carra's Last Merseyside Derby

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Sunday marks the day for the 220th Merseyside Derby. It's quite hard to believe there's been so many clashes between the red and blue side of Liverpool but any fan will tell you that this game means the world, it means even more when you realise Liverpool could close the gap on Everton with 2 league games left to go this season.

Liverpool are in a decent position injury wise with no new real worries. Suarez is obviously still unavailable but Fabio Borini who scored in the last fixture is expected to be on the bench again for this one. Everton are also in a relatively strong position although Phil Neville will miss out due to a knee injury.

Everton are currently sitting pretty in 6th place holding on to a Europa League spot. Liverpool are in 7th behind them which wouldn't be good enough for Europe this season due to Swansea winning the cup. An interesting debate was spurred up on Twitter this week after the club suggested they would turn down a place in the Europa League t…

Disallowed Goal Robs Reds Of Derby Win

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I said there'd be controversy and there bloody well was. It was an enthralling game for anybody watching but Liverpool's early dominance faded in the second half after Everton had found two responses to the away side's goals. Add to this a denied Suarez goal in the dying minutes and you have yourself a typical Merseyside derby.

Brendan Rodgers chose to keep Brad Jones between the sticks for this one but Pepe Reina was on the bench. An exciting front three of Suso, Suarez and Sterling gave Moyes enough to think about even before kick off.

The game began with a very high tempo and both teams wanted to be first on the score sheet to set the tone, it wouldn't take long at all before we saw a goal.

Jose Enrique did well to hold possession on the wing and after regaining the ball he put in an inviting cross. Raheem Sterling was encroaching but had fallen over before he even had chance to make contact, luckily Suarez picked up the cross on the far side and from an angle (as …

Derby Sunday

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Liverpool make the short hop to Goodison Park on Sunday as they line up to play their 219th Merseyside derby. As a neutral the fixture is often unmissable and even more so if you are a Blue or a Red. The clash never fails to entertain and I'm sure Sunday will be no different.

Liverpool only have two injury problems (discounting long term) with Pepe Reina having to wait on a late fitness test and Glen Johnson being a doubt after picking up a knock against Anzhi.

Everton were worried whether the influential Fellani would be able to start on Sunday but the general consensus is that he will feature. Unavailable for Moyes' side though is Steven Pienaar who is serving a ban.

The last time the two sides met was in the semi final of the FA Cup last season. Suarez and Carroll were on the score sheet to send Liverpool to Wembley for the third time that year.

The last meeting at Goodison was in October 2011 where Liverpool were victorious but we only have to go back to October a year ea…