Premier League action returns with the 228th Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in the early kick-off on Saturday.
Both sides are in a race for Champions League qualification; the Blues can close the gap to just three points with a win over their fierce rivals.Embed from Getty Images
The Toffees haven’t beaten Liverpool at Anfield since 1999 but this year could be their best chance to break the 18-year hoodoo as they’ve lost just one game since their derby day defeat in December.Embed from Getty Images
Romelu Lukaku is the most in-form player in the division and was recently named the Premier League Player of the Month for March; he leads the scoring charts with 21 strikes.
Both sides lost players to injury during the recent international break.Embed from Getty Images
Irish right-back Seamus Coleman suffered a horrific leg break following a challenge from Aston Villa defender Neil Taylor. He will be sorely missed in the Everton defence as he is the highest scoring right-back in the league.
The Blues also lost Ramiro Funes Mori, who was sent off in this fixture last season following a challenge on Divock Origi. Ronald Koeman also revealed Morgan Schneiderlin failed in his bid for fitness.Embed from Getty Images
On the other hand, Liverpool will be without Adam Lallana due to a thigh issue. The English midfielder played the full 90 minutes in both of England’s fixtures despite rumours that he wasn’t at 100%. The ex-Southampton man has been a crucial part of Jurgen Klopp’s system and will extremely difficult to replace.
Klopp revealed Jordan Henderson tried to regain his fitness in time to start but failed in doing so. Daniel Sturridge will also not play a part in this fixture.
The two rivals will both come into the game in good form; both have just one defeat in their last five games.
Everton lost to Tottenham but was impressive against West Brom and Hull City; Lukaku proving how dangerous he can be.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Liverpool responded to defeat against Leicester with wins over Burnley and Arsenal at Anfield but could only manage a draw against Manchester City.
Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Lucas, Can, Wijnaldum; Mane, Coutinho, Firmino
Everton: Robles; Holgate, Jagielka, Williams, Baines; Barry, Gueye; Barkley, Davies, Mirallas; Lukaku
Liverpool 2-1 Everton