It’s Liverpool versus Everton on Wednesday night as the Merseyside derby derby return to the English Premier League.
Liverpool have finally lifted their game under Jurgen Klopp and started producing some memorable wins in their recent outings. But somehow it is too late as they are 8th in the league with little chance of finishing inside the top four. More or less their main agenda will be to win the Europa League and get to the qualification stages of Champions League.
Everton have been very inconsistent throughout the season and are on a bad patch at the moment after failing to win in any of their last five matches. They Blues are currently 11th in the league table and they could still finish inside the top half of the table, but any chance of playing European football next season is out of their reach.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in the last three Premier League matches, with 2 wins in last two and a draw.
- The Reds have scored at least a goal in their last 8 matches.
- Six of Liverpool’s last seven matches had seen over 2.5 goals.
- At Anfield, Liverpool are unbeaten in the last four league matches, with 2 wins and 2 draws.
- Liverpool have lost only once in their last 9 home matches, with 4 wins and 4 draws.
- Liverpool have failed to score in 2 of their 15 home matches so far this season.
- Everton are without a win in their last 6 Premier League games. The have draws all of their last 3 matches and lost in all of the three matches prior to that.
- Everton have won only once in their last 8 league matches.
- Away from home, Everton lost once in their last 11 matches and two out of 16 away matches so far in the league this season.
- Their last two away games were draws and the last three matches have seen under 2.5 goals.
Liverpool: Team News
Jordan Henderson is ruled out for the rest of the season while Joe Gomez and Danny Ings are long term injury candidates. Christian Benteke is nearing a return, while Emre Can returns after serving a ban.
Jurgen Klopp heavily rotated his squad in the 2-1 away win against Bournemouth in the weekend, but we could definitely see most of the key players return to the squad as he would like to win this high profile Merseyside derby.
Liverpool: Expected Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Moreno, Lovren, Sakho, Clyne
Leiva, Allen, Milner
Coutinho, Lallana, Sturridge
Everton: Team News
Baines, Lennon and Cleverley are sidelined for Everton due to their respective injuries, while Jagielka is struggling for fitness.
Lukaku and Barkley didn’t start in the last match, while Gareth Barry was rested. Roberto Martinez could recall the trio and slot them straight back into the starting eleven.
Everton: Expected Starting Eleven (4-2-3-1)
Baines, Stones, Mori, Coleman
Barkley, Mirallas, Deulofeu
Liverpool vs Everton: Head-to-Head Stats
- The last three Premier League matches between Liverpool and Everton end in draw. Interestingly, there are six draws in the last 7 meetings between the two sides.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 11 matches against Everton in all competitions, with 4 wins and 7 draws.
- Everton’s last win over Liverpool was at Goodison Park on October 2010.
- Liverpool havent lost to Everton at Anfield since 1999, which now stays at a 17 match unbeaten run at home for Reds.
Liverpool vs Everton: Prediction
Liverpool are in excellent form at the moment and the team is finally coming to life under Jurgen Klopp. The attacking brand of football they are exhibiting is a joy to watch and one could expect a highly motivated Reds on Wednesday night.
Everton are on a poor run of form, but despite their woes they are expected to lift their games when coming against one of the fierce rivals. In the past few seasons we have seen the same fighting spirit from The Toffees, regardless of their league position or form.
Everton haven’t won at Anfield since 1999 and I do not expect them to trouble Liverpool. Liverpool are on a good scoring form and I expect them to score 2 or more goals.
My score prediction is 2-1 win for Liverpool and I expect a great entertainment at Anfield on Wednesday night.