Can Liverpool topple Everton at Goodison park?
Liverpool players got a long, long text from manager Jurgen Kloop after their abysmal outing against Aston Villa last weekend – they’ll be hoping to avoid a repeat of that horrendous showing when they face Everton this weekend.
It’s not just another game for both of this teams – it’s the Merseyside derby and aside from the three points on offer, there’s pride and bragging rights at stake.
Everton are unblemished this season – every team they’ve squared up against have ended up on the losing side.
The new signings seem to have bed in well and they look like they’ll be in the mix this season, at least for a top four or top six finish.
With the exclusion of the embarrassing defeat to Villa and the penalty shootout loss to Arsenal, Liverpool have been grinding out the needed results thus far.
But come Saturday, all these records will be abandoned in the stats book.
Both teams will be given a new slate and platform to show the exact stuff they’re made off this season.
Everton have an 100% record in all competitions; the Toffees have found the habit of beating most of the oppositions they’ve faced to stupor.
In their last five outings, Everton have scored a minimum of 4 goals on four occasions.
Liverpool have lost in their last two outings.
Four of Everton’s last five Premier League games have seen a minimum of 3 goals; six of Liverpool’s last seven games have the same record.
Liverpool has lost two of their last five away Premier League games; Everton has one loss in fourteen PL matches.
Five of the last Merseyside derbies have either ended 0-0 or 1nil in favour of the home team.
Liverpool are unbeaten in the last six meetings – winning on three occasions.
Players to watch
Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, James Rodriguez, Lucas Digne, and Richarlison.
Liverpool: Mane, Salah, Firminho, and Alexander Arnold.
For the first time in a while, the Toffees look like they’ve got what it takes to toe-to-toe with Liverpool.
Carlo Ancelotti has rebranded the vigour and style of play – it doesn’t look like they’ll get toppled anytime soon.
But Liverpool are still one of the best teams around.
Prediction: Everton 2-1 Liverpool