Everton and Liverpool will renew their great rivalry this Wednesday at Goodison Park for what is the 239th edition of the Merseyside Derby.
Venue: Goodison Park
The Toffees have failed to score in their last three PL games.
They have won three of their opening home games in the PL this season (D1, L2).
Liverpool have won their last three competitive games.
They have not conceded a goal in their last three games.
The Reds have scored two or more goals in 12 of their 13 PL games this season.
They are the Premier League top-scoring team so far this term with 39 goals. 21 of those goals came away from home.
Head to head
Both teams have met a total of 197 in the top flight with Liverpool winning 78 times while Everton recorded 52 wins in that period. There were 67 draws between both teams.
Latest Performances in all competitions
Rafa Benitez will look to get one over his old side when his Everton side face Liverpool in the 14th round of the PL this Wednesday.
The Spaniard, who joined the Toffees in the summer was expected to lead Everton’s push for a top-six finish. But so far, his reign has brought mixed results. He started well early in the season and went on a five-game unbeaten run in his first five games.
But since then, things have gone from bad to worse and his side are hosting Liverpool on the back of a seven-game winless run (D2, L5).
Their 1-0 loss to Brentford in their last outing was their sixth PL loss of the season and pushed them into 14th place, just six points adrift on the relegation zone and four points off the top seven.
Everton will probably drop even further down if they lose this game, a situation Benitez will be desperate to avoid, especially as the pressure is gradually growing on him.
Possible Everton starting line-ups
Jordan Pickford; Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Lucas Digne; Andros Townsend, Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Alex Iwobi; Demarai Gray; Richarlison.
Injured: Mason Holgate, Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies and Andre Gomes.
Doubtful: Yerry Min
Unlike their Merseyside neighbours, Liverpool are flying in the league at the moment and look set to continue their impeccable form when they go across Stanley Park to take on Everton.
The Reds beat Southampton 4-0 over the weekend to keep the pressure at the top of the table.
Two goals from in-form striker Diogo Jota, a sublime finish from Thiago Alcantara and a strike from Virgil van Dijk gave them all three points at Anfield last weekend and ensured that they remained within touching distance of Chelsea who top the league table.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have won all their matches since returning from the international break. In those games, they scored a total of ten goals and conceded zero, making them one of the most in-form teams in Europe at the moment.
A win here looks likely for the visitors who will be desperate to get one over their fierce rivals.
Possible Liverpool starting line-ups
Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane.
Injured: Naby Keita, Roberto Firmino, Harvey Elliot
Doubt: Curtis Jones, Joe Gomez
Everton 0-3 Liverpool