The first Merseyside Derby in the Premier League 2018 season is all set to take place on Sunday as Everton travel to Anfield. This will be the 232nd Merseyside derby. A fixture that has seen the most red cards in Premier League era. This is a rivalry like no other.
The Reds might have lost against PSG in an important affair against PSG a couple of days back but they right behind Manchester City, with just 2 points between them. With 10 wins in their 13 matches, Liverpool are 2nd in the table. They have the best defense in the competition which has conceded only 5 goals till now. The attacking lineup including Salah, Mane, and Firmino have helped the team to score a total of 26 goals in the league.
In the last 7 matches, they won 5 and lost only once. Even though they lost matches in the UCL, they are yet to be defeated in the Premier League.
Everton are 6th in the points table with 6 wins and 3 defeats. They have managed to score 20 goals and conceded 15 in return. Against a team like Liverpool, the defense has to be on their prime or else they may be looking at a goal fest.
They are on a 3 match win streak in the league. But away form is something to look closely for the manager Marco Silva. His side has only 1 win in their 6 away matches in the league.
That win came against Leicester and is the only win for them in matches on the road in the last 5 games. A win looks near impossible for them as they meet their oldest rivals.
Everton are a different cup of tea this season
This match is important for the hosts to ensure their dominance in the league and to preserve the unbeaten Premier League run also. Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 17 matches against Everton. Liverpool have not lost the Derby at home since 1999.
Marco Silva is the only manager that Jürgen Klopp has faced more than once in the Premier League without winning as Klopp’s side was unable to beat Silva’s in their two previous meetings.
“Come on, it’s a derby,” said manager Jürgen Klopp when asked how he would get his players to react to Wednesday night’s disappointment in Paris. “We don’t have to show a reaction. If we [beat PSG] 5-0 it would be the same.
“This game, it is isolated from the season. It’s a derby, it’s at home. Everton are doing really well this season, so they are a different cup of tea to the last three years and we will have to be 100% spot on for a tough game.”
After 19 winless years at Anfield, Seamus Coleman is hoping Everton can give Toffees fans something to cheer about in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday.
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Both clubs have faced each other 52 times in Premier League in which Liverpool have emerged victorious 22 times. Everton won 9 times and both clubs had to settle for a draw 21 times.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will miss the derby following his red card against Waford. Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander Arnold could also make Liverpool’s starting XI as they missed out the clash against PSG. There is no major injury news from Everton’s camp and Marco Silva might very well name an unchanged XI.
Fights, red cards, stoppage-time winners… Liverpool-Everton is a rivalry like no other. Anfield and Goodison Park are separated by a distance of 0.56 miles. Bragging rights are at stake for both sets of supporters. Considering Manchester City’s unstoppable Premier League run, it automatically becomes ‘win-at-any-cost’ equation for Liverpool.