The Merseyside derby is a footballing rivalry that is unique. The two grounds can easily both be seen from an aerial view, and it is not uncommon for one’s brother to be a Liverpool fan and one’s sister to be an Evertonian. Throughout the years, Everton has held a reputation for being plucky, but this has not been the case over previous seasons, with the club often flirting with relegation as chaos at board level remains.
Since manager Jurgen Klopp took over, Liverpool have been inspiring, ultimately winning every competition there is possible to win. Despite this, due to Manchester City’s brilliance, they have missed out on two titles that would have really cemented this team as an all-time great. Klopp is an elite manager, though, and it is hard to imagine if anyone could have done any better in the previous eight seasons than he has.
Liverpool Vs Everton Tips
Everton have not been a great team to watch, their own fans will be happy to testify to that. A few weeks back, they put in a great performance against Brentford, winning 3-1, which gave some fans hope. They followed this with a 2-1 loss at home with Luton, which seemed to undo their good work. However, they recently beat Bournemouth 3-0, so we are unsure what to expect from this team.
Manager Sean Dyche is a good manager, but in the ever-evolving world of elite football, persistent question marks remain over his style of play. In times gone by, it has been widely accepted that teams down the lower end of the league must play in a disciplined or rigid manner. Recent examples have proven, however, that teams with less history and prestige than Everton can play attractive football while maintaining their place in the division. There is also the significant issue that Everton, rightly so, doesn’t regard staying up to be a lofty ambition.
Against Liverpool, though, it is highly likely that they will be frustrated and create very few chances. This is why we are not backing Everton to score. Sure, they can surprise us, but this bet below is one worth placing, in our opinion.
Liverpool Vs Everton Analysis
Liverpool appear to be back on it this season. With new energy in midfield, things have started to fire for them and what might please manager Jurgen Klopp the most is the grit his team has shown. They were down to ten men against Newcastle and miraculously won the game through two late Darwin Nunez goals. They were also eventually nine men down against Spurs and were the victims of a run of bad luck, which ultimately resulted in a Tottenham win with the last kick of the match.
The midfield duo of Mac Allister and Szoboszlai show a promising synergy and 21-year-old Gravenberch adds an element of unpredictability to the game. Everton’s back four, marshaled by England’s number one Jordon Pickford, should not be estimated, though and on a good day, they are capable of stopping any decent attack. With both teams likely to field teams close to full strength, the Merseyside derby promises captivating action, which shows the essence of this historic rivalry that has significance beyond local pride.
Liverpool Vs Everton Prediction
Liverpool almost always have a slight edge over Everton when they meet, but fatigue and injuries might play a part in getting Everton a result. Sean Dyche’s tactical acumen could also be the difference for Everton, and if he gets some points, it wouldn’t be the first time he has done so against a big team. The Reds are, however, currently fourth in the Premier League and have had some impressive recent displays despite being at a disadvantage in some games. Liverpool have also lost just one of their last 25 Merseyside derbies, which shows their track record in this fixture.
With an excellent derby to get the blood flowing, we are backing Liverpool to have their shooting boots on. Mo Salah is one of the few guaranteed starts in the front line, but players like Gapko, Diaz and Nunez all bring something to the table. Therefore, we are backing Klopp’s men to score two goals.
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool faces potential absences in critical positions with their players returning from international duty. Andy Robertson picked up a shoulder injury with Scotland and is a major doubt for the game. Darwin Nunez, who has had a decent start to the season for Liverpool, was also excellent for Uruguay, but there is news of him picking up muscle cramps, which is a blow for Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp may opt for a cautious strategy when making his starting 11, considering his players’ long flights across continents and limited recovery time. This could mean a front line of Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and the main man Mohamed Salah. With Curtis Jones suspended from Liverpool’s controversial game against Spurs, the midfield might also need some tinkering. The return of Ryan Gravenberch and Cody Gakpo from injuries, however, offers a boost and flexibility to Liverpool’s side.
Everton Team News
Everton faces their own injury concerns but is not as affected as Liverpool from the international break. Everton had a few players feature in the international break, which could mean additional preparation and recovery time and this advantage could be a difference on Saturday.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, a ray of hope many times in the past, is finally back, which could significantly bolster Everton’s attack. Long-serving player Seamus Coleman is also progressing well with his injury and could feature on the team sheet against Liverpool to provide a defensive boost. Dele Alli is still out and will not likely feature for Everton for a while.