Merseyside Derby Match Preview: Everton vs Liverpool
Date & time: June 21tst, 2020 - 7:00pm
Is it on: Sky Sports
Ref: Mike Dean
We're back! Well, almost, as Liverpool approach their first serious game of football since March 11th.
Liverpool will take on Everton in the Merseyside Derby, looking to take one, penultimate step toward number 19 and our first league title in 30 years.
Everton will not take this game lightly, though. We may not be able to win it at their place anymore, but we can literally put ourselves a few days away from claiming the title.
If they can poop our party, they will, make no mistake. But they don't have the best form in recent derbies and, psychologically, we seem to really put the proverbial shit up them.
Carlo Ancelotti is probably the greatest manager they have, or will ever, have though. Not necessarily for anything he's done at Goodison, but his track record is one of success.
And a result in a derby will set him up to become an Everton legend. It'll be their first win in a long time, if he can manage it. But the lads will have it clear in their minds that the sooner we get the business done, the sooner they can start thinking about breaking records.
After what Richarlson had to say about Virg during the week though, don't expect them to turn up at our fierce rival's place in anything other than a mood for three precious points.
Injuries & Suspension
Apart from the injured Xherdan Shaqiri, which Klopp sprung on us this morning, Liverpool have no injury concerns ahead of the derby tomorrow.
We'd be very surprised to find anyone else missing tomorrow, for any other reason than there isn't room on the bench. So expect Degsie to miss out on a bench spot.
For Everton, things aren't looking so pretty. They currently have Fabian Delph, Yerry Mina, Morgan Schneiderlin, Theo Walcott and Jean-Philippe Gbamin missing.
With those options now longer available tomorrow, it's going to be tough for Ancelotti to put a strong midfield together, despite Andre Gomes returning so we may see either a top heavy team or a fairly counter-attacking outfit tomorrow night.
Last 5 games:
Everton (all comps): W-W-L-D-L
Liverpool (all comps): L-W-L-L-W
Predicted Line up
For Liverpool, you'd think the starting team would pick itself, but the form of Naby Keita throughout the build-up may put that into serious question.
But from my POV, I'd be surprised if we didn't see a midfield of Fab, Gini and Henderson for this one. It's strong, physical and reliable, and we may look to bully Everton's injury-hit midfield for the first half and see how that goes.
Elsewhere, Joe probably did enough prior to the break to keep his spot in defence, whilst the rest of the back-line and the front three pick themselves.
Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Salah and Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Matip, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Minamino, Origi.