It’s that time of the season once again. Liverpool travel across Stanley Park to take on a struggling Everton side for the iconic Merseyside Derby. The Anfield Talk’s Logan (@kidddlogan) previews the matchup.
The explosive 5-0 performance midweek against Bournemouth got the Reds back on track after a disappointing draw against Manchester United last Sunday. Now that the Reds are back on winning ways, Klopp is looking to keep the momentum going against Marco Silva and his spiraling Everton side.
Jurgen Klopp is going to be given a hard choice when it comes to the team sheet on Sunday. The front three against Bournemouth were top class. Sadio Mané excelled in the central role, while Divock Origi thrived on the left. Roberto Firmino is expected to be fit for today’s match up, so it’s going to be interesting what the German decides. I expect Klopp to insert Bobby back into the XI, but I would love to see the same front three that featured against Bournemouth.
The midfield trio of Naby Keita, Gini Wijnaldum, and Fabinho has to be already inked in for Klopp. Everton will try to frustrate the Reds once again and the explosiveness provided by both Keita and Wijnaldum will be a perfect counter to Marco Silva’s plan.
If Liverpool want to try and avoid another last gasp winner against Everton, a quick and predatory attack will have to be constantly imposed upon the Everton backline. Mo Salah, and Mané have enough pace to easily get by the back line, so it’ll be crucial they capitalise on those chances early to bury the Blues.
Dejan Lovren is still sidelined, but he is expected back soon. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to feature in the LFC U23’s matchup this week and he is expected in the senior squad as early as next week. Joe Gomez is expected to return by Bayern away.
Marco Silva is looking for this Merseyside Derby to put him back in the majority liking as his control of the club is slipping through his fingers. Several consecutive weeks of losses has the Blues in the bottom half of the table.
Silva will be looking to frustrate the Reds in the midfield and in the Reds’ final third. A back line of 5 or 6 players can be expected at times as the Blues are desperate for a result in the derby.
Theo Walcott and Gylfi Sigurdsson are going to be the key contributors to the Ev if they want to snatch points away from Liverpool. The Reds will put the ball in the back of the net, so those two will be the Blues’ two forwards that will put pressure on the Liverpool defence.
Leighton Baines will not be available for the Blues as a result of a rib injury.
I think that the Reds will be able to continue the streak of winning the Merseyside Derby by a scoreline of 2-0.