It’s been a thrilling campaign thus far if you are a Liverpool fan, and perhaps no group of supporters were more relieved for the season to restart than Liverpool’s. They now have a chance to hoist the coveted Premier League trophy, and can move closer to that moment as they battle their bitter city rivals Everton on Sunday.
The Merseyside Derby is always a hotly contested affair, and though the fans won’t be in attendance at Goodison Park on Sunday, you better believe the intensity will still be felt throughout. Everton have endured an inconsistent season thus far, but will definitely be able to take some joy from it if they can slow down Liverpool’s push to winning the league.
While big hopes were in store for Liverpool after a spending frenzy last season, it failed to materialize in the early goings. However, since the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as manager, the Toffees have shown some life. They’ve lost just three of his 11 games, and are now focused on making a final push for the Europa League.
For Liverpool, it’s just going to be more of the same for the Reds. This is a moment they’ve been after since 1990, and Jurgen Klopp’s group knows it’s all about maintaining composure, and the results will follow. They’ve dominated this league – solid at the back, and exhilarating going forward. And though they’re out of the Champions League, Liverpool are still keen to shatter the record-book down the stretch.
Despite the gap in the standings, the Merseyside Derby is always a competitive fixture, one in which both sides hate to lose. This match should produce excitement, and we’ve got you covered right here at The Sports Geek. Keep reading beneath the odds for a detailed preview, tactical analysis, and betting prediction for Liverpool vs. Everton on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool vs. Everton Betting Odds:
Over 3 (+107)
Under 3 (-127)
Liverpool -1 (-103)
Everton +1 (-117)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Liverpool vs. Everton Pick:
While most teams used the break to catch their break and heal, unfortunately Everton was one Premier League club that seemingly didn’t reap the benefits of the in-season pause. They have some key injuries to deal with, and ones that should impact their ability on Sunday afternoon.
It starts at the back with key defender Yerry Mina. The dominating centre-back will miss out with a thigh injury, while Cenk Tosun, Fabian Delph, Theo Walcott, and Jean-Phillippe Gbamin are all expected to be battling minor knocks and should be sidelined. That’s a pretty big hit to a thin Everton side, and will really cut into the amount of pace and skill they can put into their team on Sunday.
Look for Ancelotti to put Everton into a 4-4-2 formation for this clash, and though they still have good attacking options, you have to wonder about the service from the midfield. Tom Davies and Andre Gomes are going to get overrun in the midfield by Fabinho and Jordan Henderson quite likely. At the back it’s even more concerning, as without Mina the Toffees look quite vulnerable. While Pickford is a solid Premier League keeper, Mason Holgate and Michael Keane don’t inspire much confidence when going up against Liverpool’s lethal attacking trio.
And it is definitely expected for that trio to play together Sunday afternoon at Goodison Park. Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane should lead the line for the Reds, providing countless offensive opportunities and chances at goal. Their pace, familiarity, and creativity hypnotizes defenses, and Everton will really need to commit to their play without the ball if they are to limit the Reds this Sunday.
Liverpool will maintain the bulk of possession and surely enjoy being on the pitch again. There are records that need to be broken, and a title that needs to be won – and Klopp’s men are aware of the stakes. This is arguably one of the best Premier League sides ever, and they’ll be keen to show it, resuming on Sunday.
Expect Henderson, Wijnaldum, and Fabinho to work tirelessly in the midfield, winning balls and providing service to the Liverpool attackers. Their offensive movements are so fluid, that even though you know it’s coming – they’re still so hard to stop. Powerful overlapping runs from Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will stretch Everton thin at the back, and create further opportunities from the flanks.
While Everton should battle hard in this contest, their improved form will still be no match for a fully fit Liverpool squad. The Reds are chasing their first league title in 30 years, and are currently writing their own chapter in the record book. Though they could ease up, they certainly will not – especially in the Merseyside Derby. Expect another remarkable showing from the world’s top team, en route to a statement win.
Pick: Liverpool 3-1