Liverpool vs Everton
Saturday’s most high-profile Premier League clash will see Liverpool and Everton go head-to-head in the final Merseyside derby of the season.
Everton, of course, have a pretty dire recent record in this fixture.
Carlo Ancelotti has managed to guide the Toffees to draws in the previous two meetings between the sides. However, Everton have not picked up a single win against Liverpool in any competition since 2010.
If the Blues are going to get one over on their bitter rivals, though, this afternoon’s clash will likely mark their best chance for a while.
Liverpool of course impressed during the week, in a Champions League win over RB Leipzig.
However, there’s no denying that Jurgen Klopp’s side are still nowhere near their best at present.
The Reds have slipped down to 6th in the Premier League table, after losing three of their last five league outings.
Everton are also in slightly patchy form as things stand, but could overtake Liverpool in the table should they avoid defeat on Saturday, and go on to win their game in hand.
Liverpool not out for revenge
The previous meeting between these two sides of course came back in October of 2020.
That clash ended 2-2, but the result proved very much an afterthought.
During the clash at Goodison Park, Jordan Pickford made a rather reckless challenge on Virgil van Dijk, which has seen the Dutchman sidelined ever since.
The tackle was heavily criticised at the time, with some Liverpool fans having perhaps been expecting the Reds to exact some form of revenge at Anfield today.
However, speaking ahead of the game, Jurgen Klopp insisted that ‘nothing will be carried over’, with the past very much in the past:
“A week, two, three weeks later when we got the (Van Dijk injury) diagnosis it was good that we didn’t play Everton immediately again, let me say it like this.
“We are all human beings and of course it was not nice, but now it is long gone. Nothing will be carried over. We just don’t think about that any more.
“But it is still a derby and that is enough to be motivated on the absolutely highest level, and trying to play the best possible football you can play. That’s it pretty much.”
Quotes via the Mirror.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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