Liverpool v Everton
Friday, Jan 05 – 19:55pm
Liverpool have enjoyed a good run of results over the last few weeks, beating the likes of Burnley, Leicester City, Swansea City, and Bournemouth. The recent addition of Virgil van Dijk has the potential to give the Reds a huge boost between now and the end of the season, and the Dutchman will be tasked with helping to patch up Liverpool’s ongoing defensive issues. Jurgen Klopp will be without Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho for tonight’s match, who are both sidelined with injuries. Whether Coutinho will remain at Anfield come the end of the month remains to be seen.
Everton lost 2-0 to Manchester United on New Year’s Day, putting a dampener on an otherwise positive run under Sam Allardyce. Big Sam was critical of his defenders following the United game, but the former England manager’s over-reliance on Wayne Rooney has been a subject of debate amongst Toffees fans. Midfielder Ross Barkley is tipped to return of action this week, having been sidelined since May 2017.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- Liverpool are currently 15 matches unbeaten against Everton – their best record against the Toffees since April 1978.
- Tonight’s match will mark the 24th meeting between these two clubs in the FA Cup, with Liverpool winning 10 and losing seven – they have not met in Round 3 since the 1931/32 season.
- The last Merseyside Derby in the FA Cup was back in 2012 – with Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll netting for Liverpool.
- The last time the Reds failed to progress to the 4th Round was back in January 2011, when they were defeated 1-0 by Manchester United.
- Everton have failed to progress beyond the 3rd Round twice over the last three seasons – losing both games against fellow Premier League clubs.
Liverpool have been fantastic at home this season, and rarely lose to their Merseyside rivals at Anfield. Everton could not believe their luck when they took a point from the derby game last month, and were fortunate to get a late penalty, because they never really looked like scoring over the 90 minutes. The Toffees can’t afford to make the same mistakes that they did against Man United on Monday. Sam Allardyce may have blamed his defence, but Everton’s forwards were equally as disappointing. We’re backing Liverpool to keep a clean sheet.