Liverpool are unbeaten in 12 visits to Goodison, including a 4-1 demolition last December, so will the red half of Merseyside be celebrating on derby day again?
Well, on Wednesday night at Anfield, there was no sign of James Cordon, but it was very much the Late Late Show for Jürgen Klopp’s team.
The Reds fell a goal down at home to Newcastle United, and it would’ve been even worse bar a very marginal offside call by VAR.
Nevertheless, Liverpool made the most of this reprieve thanks to Roberto Firmino’s equaliser before, in the 98th minute, Fábio Carvalho volley home a stunning winner.
A moment to cherish forever for the 20 year old, with Liverpool hoping this can kick-start their campaign.
Last weekend, when the Reds demolished Bournemouth 9-0, the zeitgeist was very much crisis? What crisis?
Nevertheless, Wednesday’s shaky win suggests that all may not well after all at Anfield.
With games against Napoli, Ajax, Chelsea, Arsenal, Rangers (twice) and Manchester City all to come in the next six weeks, Liverpool need to find form and fast.
The same can be said of Everton who, despite being yet to win, do appear to be heading in the right direction.
Both the Blues’ games this week have followed a similar pattern.
Anthony Gordon has cooly given the Toffees the lead in both but, at Brentford last weekend and at Leeds on Tuesday, they only left with a 1-1 draw.
That’s three successive draws of the same scoreline for Frank Lampard’s team and, while they obviously need wins, he’d surely settle for that sequence continuing here.
Will Everton’s 12-year wait for a home Merseyside derby victory come to an end?