Match Preview: Liverpool v Everton

Recent Meetings

10 Dec 2017 Liverpool 1-1 Everton
1 Apr 2017 Liverpool 3-1 Everton
19 Dec 2016 Everton 0-1 Liverpool
20 Apr 2016 Liverpool 4-0 Everton
4 Oct 2015 Everton 1-1 Liverpool

Overview

  • What a time for Everton to beat Liverpool at Anfield for the first time this millennium.
  • Since their last win at Anfield, the likes of Grimsby and Barnsley beat the Reds on their turf. Even Havant and Waterlooville came close!
  • The players desperately need to make amends following a poor festive period which saw them score just 1 goal and have just 4 shots on target.

The Opposition

  • Since the sides last met nearly four weeks ago, Liverpool won 4 of their 6 games, drawing the other 2.
  • One of those games included a 3-3 draw against Arsenal, where Liverpool went from 2-0 up to 3-2 down in just 5 minutes.
  • The Reds are likely to be without Mo Salah and Sadio Mane as they are attending an awards ceremony 24 hours before the Derby.
  • They will also be without the injured Philippe Coutinho, who is currently struggling with transferitis.

Opposition’s Most Recent Match – Burnley 1-2 Liverpool

  • Liverpool scored a very late winner through Ragnar Klavan against Burnley, who themselves scored a late equaliser.
  • The game was fairly even:
    • Shots: Burnley 13-19 Liverpool
    • Shots on target: Burnley 4-5 Liverpool
    • Possession: Burnley 42%-58% Liverpool
    • Action zones: Burnley’s third 26%-28% Liverpool’s third
  • Liverpool struggled to get past Burnley’s defence:
    • Burnley blocked 6 of Liverpool’s shots.
    • They also made 9 successful tackles and 6 interceptions in their own third.
    • They made 21 clearances from inside their own penalty area.
  • But they got their in the end thanks to Klavan, with a little help from fellow centre-back and DCL-fouler Dejan Lovren.

One To Watch

Roberto Firmino – 2017/18 Premier League
Games 21
Goals 9
Assists 4
Shots 46
Shots On Target 20
Key Passes 33

Key Stats

  • Everton haven’t won at Anfield since 27th September 1999 with Kevin Campbell scoring an early winner and 3 players getting sent off (Sander Westerveld, Steven Gerrard and Francis Jeffers).
  • Everton have kept only one clean sheet at Anfield in their last 12 meetings at the ground.
  • Liverpool’s unbeaten run against Everton is 15 games – the joint-longest unbeaten run in Merseyside Derby history.
  • Despite the Merseyside Derby being notorious for red cards, there has only been 2 red cards in the last 16 meetings – Jack Rodwell (which was later rescinded) and Ramiro Funes Mori.
  • Everton have never lost to Liverpool on a Friday (2 wins, 5 draws).
  • Everton have never lost to Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup (drawn every game).
  • Everton have won 7 of their last 8 FA Cup ties on January 5th.

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