Derby Day reaches its climax at Anfield as Liverpool meet Everton in a massive Merseyside derby.
Following Manchester City’s win over Bournemouth, Liverpool must win to keep pace otherwise they will fall five points behind in title race.
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Liverpool will be without captain, Jordan Henderson as he serves a one match ban after collecting a red card at Watford last weekend.
Adam Lallana is in contention after resuming training on Thursday but could be set for the bench.
Everton have no new injury issues to report although James McCarthy is nearly ready for a return as he continues to build up his match fitness. This match however comes too soon for the Republic of Ireland international.
Liverpool are still unbeaten after 13 games with ten wins and three draws to leave them in second position.
The Reds also have the best home defence in Premier League, having conceded just once at Anfield this season which came against Cardiff in a match which they eventually won 4-1.
Everton have lost just one in their last seven league games, keeping four clean sheets during this period with only one of them coming away from home.
The Toffees are also unbeaten in last three outings, including away at Liverpool’s fellow title rivals – Chelsea when they drew 0-0 before following it up last weekend with a 1-0 win over Cardiff City.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in last 17 meetings with Everton across all competitions (W8, D9).
- In 20 meetings at Anfield this century across all competitions, Liverpool have won and drawn 10 apiece.
- April’s goalless draw at Goodison Park was the first time in six outings that neither team scored since achieving same result in February 2015.
- In last three home games against Everton, Liverpool have had six different goal scorers with four of those goals coming before half-time.
- Mohamed Salah has netted in five of Liverpool’s six home league games with all five goals coming before the break.
- Liverpool haven’t lost any of their last 26 home league games since losing to Crystal Palace in April 2017.
- Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored in two of Everton’s last three away games.
I am expecting another tight cagey affair which has been very typical of this fixture in recent meetings, with both teams scoring in last three clashes at Anfield.
Although a Liverpool win wouldn’t be surprising, I can see Everton just about holding on for a point here.
Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Everton
Jake predicts: Liverpool 2-1 Everton
Result: Liverpool 1-0 Everton