Merseyside Derby Match Preview: Liverpool vs Everton
Date & time: December 04th 2019, 20:15
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Ref: Mike Dean
It was another tough weekend for the Reds, as Brighton came to town and gave us a real game.
We actually finished up with less possession than the visiting side on Saturday, that's some achievement for Graham Potter's side but they did play well at times.
But take into consideration that we spent 15 minutes, plus stoppage time down to ten men and it makes sense.
Until that point, we've actually played fairly well. There had been a few moments to get the nerves jangling, but we had been relatively comfortable.
It was three points though, and that's what matters. Tomorrow will be a much different game. Everton will not come to go toe-to-toe. They'll simply turn up to frustrate.
This Liverpool side are a different kettle of fish to last season though, frustration only seems to bother the fans. But expect the players to have a bit more bite in their game than usual, it being a derby and all.
Derby day bragging rights are important, as always. But of more importance right now is picking up another three points to retain our lead at the top of the table.
Injuries & Suspension
Liverpool will be bereft of Alisson Becker for tomorrow's game, after his red card on Saturday afternoon.
Whilst Joel Matip and Fabinho will be out until the end of the month at least. Possibly even as late as the start of January 2020.
For Everton Seamus Coleman, Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are all out, whilst Theo Walcott and Fabian Delph are also doubts.
You would imagine though, that if there is even a small chance that they can play, then the Blues boss will ensure they're in the squad.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-D-W
Everton (all comps): L-D-L-L-L
Predicted Line up
It'll be a game of some slight rotation, no doubt, particularly after another game that was tough on the legs on Saturday, and with another coming up on Saturday away at Bournemouth.
Adrian will obviously replace the suspended Alisson, whilst Lovren will retain his place a the centre of defence alongside Ballon d'Or runner-up Virgil Van Dijk.
The midfield will once again present the manager with some tough decisions, but we'd be surprised if Henderson and Wijnaldum don't start.
That leaves on spot empty, which is likely to go to either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or James Milner. We think it'll be the latter, but Jurgen could surprise us all.
Starting XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Mane, Salah, Firmino.