FA Cup Preview: Liverpool vs Everton
Date & time: January 5th 2020, 16:01
Is it on: BBC One
Ref: Jonathan Moss
What a way to kick off our attack on the FA Cup front, with a third round tie at Anfield with our local rivals the visitors.
Liverpool had a fairly, and unexpectedly, easy game against Sheff Utd in the week, after everybody had expected Chris Wilder's team to give us a real test of our title credentials.
As it happened, it was nothing of the sort, with she Sheffield side having just two shots on target with neither particularly troubling Alisson.
Everton under the management of one of the greatest coaches of the last 20 years will be hoping to upset the odds for the first time in what feels like a millennium.
Liverpool are unbeaten in 20 derbies across all domestic competitions, with the Blues last victory coming at Goodison in October 2010. When Hodgson was manager.
Liverpool are also unbeaten at Anfield in 22 derbies across all domestic competitions, having not lost at home since 1999; an entirely different century. Our derby dominance has been a hard pill for the noisy neighbours to swallow but tomorrow could well be their best chance.
Injuries & Suspension
It's not good on the injury front for the Reds, meaning we could see a side similar to that which took on Arsenal in the early stages of the League Cup.
Liverpool are still missing Fabinho, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Whilst Naby Keita will undoubtedly miss the game, as the extent of his injury from pre-game warm up is still not known.
For our Liverpool rivals it's still the long-term absentees of Alex Iwobi, Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin. They will also give Bernard and Fabian Delph late fitness tests.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-W-W
Everton (all comps): L-D-W-W-L
Predicted Line up
This is not an easy one to predict, because whilst Jurgen Klopp would undoubtedly rather throw this one and put out the same team that lost to Aston Villa, he knows he can't.
Not only would he get slaughtered for disrespecting the 'Magic of the FA Cup', it would not go down too well with Liverpool fans to get battered - and knocked out - of the cup by our local rivals. But - of course - how important is the FA Cup to Carlo Ancelotti?
So expect something of a mix, albeit begrudgingly. We'll likely see a few senior players that aren't regulars, with a mix of youth. And hopefully Takumi Minamino.
Starting XI: Adrian, Williams, Phillips, Gomez, Larouci, Lallana, Milner, Jones, Minamino, Origi, Brewster.