It’s another derby affair in the Premier League this weekend as Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool face off at Goodison Park today.
Merseyside has been more red than blue down the years and punters can expect it to remain that way this weekend
The Reds streak of four draws in five top-flight games ended with a rousing 5-0 win over Watford in midweek.
he Toffees ended a three-game losing streak by seeing off Cardiff City 3-0 in the Welsh capital on Tuesday night.
Everton have usually not had the better of Liverpool in the Merseyside derby as they are winless in their last 18 competitive meetings (nine draws, nine defeats). The home team is thus rightly the underdog for this tie.
Two of the last four meetings between these two have ended all square and it’s with the same firm to go that way at Goodison Park on today as Jurgen Klopp is expecting a “loud and wild” atmosphere.
“Of course, the fans of Everton don’t want us to win anything and probably for our fans it’s the same the other way. But in the game, it’s only very emotional and passionate.
“I hope it will be like that, that’s how football should be. At Goodison they really support their team, so now let’s go there and use the atmosphere of course. It will be loud, it will be wild, it will be everything – and we have to deliver on the pitch as well.”
Liverpool beat their Merseyside rivals 1-0 in December thanks to a last-gasp goal from Divock Origi.
That result means Everton are winless in 18 matches against Liverpool in all competitions.
“It is a special game for both, for the city also, for our fans a special match, for their fans also a special match,” said Everton boss Marco Silva.
“I managed my first Merseyside derby last December and what I felt was a special match for both teams.”
Centre-back Kurt Zouma is available again for Everton having sat out the 3-0 win at Cardiff on Tuesday as he served a one-match suspension.
Full-back Leighton Baines is the only injured player, ruled out with a back problem.
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino could return after missing Wednesday’s 5-0 win over Watford with an ankle problem.
Everton are winless in their last 18 encounters with Liverpool in all competitions (D9 L9), their longest ever such streak against their Merseyside rivals.
Despite remaining unbeaten in their last 16 league meetings with Everton, Liverpool are looking to do the double over the Toffees for just the third time in the last eight seasons.