Merseyside Derby Preview
Posted by Craig Muncey | Published on April 19, 2016
Wednesday night, Liverpool take on their Merseyside rivals Everton. The blue side of Liverpool are in a bit of a slump, fans are not happy, Roberto Martinez is faced with a lot of unrest. Is the match a foregone conclusion?
Everton have not beaten Liverpool in 10 league matches, and Liverpool are in a good run of league form, one loss in last eight league matches. But this is a Derby match, pride is on the line, can Martinez get his men fired up to try to get a victory over their old rivals?
On a positive front for Everton, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku are expected to start, which if both are on form, would be a big boost for The Toffees. Liverpool have Emre Can and Jordan Henderson out injured, Kevin Stewart and Joe Allen did a decent job against Stoke City on the weekend, so team selection in the centre of the midfield will be interesting, as will Jurgen Klopp’s choice upfront. Divock Origi has been outstanding recently, but Daniel Sturridge looked as sharp as I have seen him for some period against Stoke. So will Klopp choose to go with a twin strike force or stick to his most regular method of one main striker?
In my view, if Liverpool start fast, with a quick tempo and put Everton under pressure they could score a convincing victory, they cannot give Everton any opportunity to get confident and give them hope. If Liverpool do get three points tomorrow they then move into sixth, above West Ham United, just six points off fourth with four games to go. Still possible, is a remote possibility but still there.
I fully expect a Liverpool win tomorrow against a side lacking confidence, there has been some great goals in the games between the two sides from both Liverpool and Everton, but the below is my personal favourite. Terry Mac, I salute you. Enjoy.