EVERTON VS LIVERPOOL PREVIEW: THE DERBY OF DERBIES
The latest episode in one of the most anticipated rivalries in world football will continue tomorrow, when Everton will host Liverpool at Goodison Park. Everton currently are slightly ahead in the league table with 12 points, compared to Liverpool who have accumulated 11 points. But besides the points, pride will also be at stake as it has been for over 120 years of Merseyside derby rivalry between the two clubs.
Everton at a better run of form
Everton have only lost a single game in the 2015/16 season, which was a 0-2 home defeat against Manchester City. However, their performances against Tottenham and Chelsea has indicated that the Blues certainly have a better performing squad compared to the one that played a 0-0 draw against Liverpool last time. In particular, Steve Naismith and Romelu Lukaku have been really lethal in front of the goal and they aren’t going to make the job of Liverpool’s defenders very easy tomorrow.
Christian Benteke couldn’t train with the team at Melwood yesterday, indicating that the Belgian still hasn’t obtained full match fitness. With Sturridge and Ings playing well lately, it’s unlikely that Benteke will feature in tomorrow’s game. However, a late assessment will be made tomorrow to know whether he can indeed feature in the crucial game.
Recent history in Liverpool’s favor
Liverpool indeed have been the better side in the fixture judging by the recent history. In the last 10 fixtures, Liverpool have won 4 Merseyside derbies, while 6 have ended in a draw, with Everton winning none. Everton’s last victory against Liverpool came in 2010. Yet, considering Everton’s recent form, a draw certainly wouldn’t be a surprising result tomorrow, although a defeat for the Reds will definitely be shocking. Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers has never been defeated by Everton.
Rodgers walking on a thin line
Liverpool’s last game against Aston Villa was tipped to be a ‘do or die’ game for Rodgers, who fortunately managed to survive the test, courtesy of a brilliant display by Daniel Sturridge. Yet, after Liverpool’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Sion in the Europa League, the pressure has increased on owners FSG again to make a decision about Rodgers. A disappointing game tomorrow will probably force the owners to make a final decision regarding Rodger’s future at the club.