The Merseyside Derby takes centre stage on Wednesday night as Everton go in search of their first derby win at Goodison since 2010
The 239th Merseyside derby takes centre stage on Wednesday night, as Liverpool make the short trip across Stanley Park to take on Everton, hoping to extend the Toffees’ miserable run of late.
It will be the first time Rafa Benitez has taken charge of the blue half of the City against his former club, and he desperately needs a result, having taken just one point from the past 15 on offer.
The loss of form since a blistering start has seen the pressure rise up on the Spaniard, but getting a result against in-form Liverpool could be the perfect tonic to turn the tide at Goodison Park.
History isn’t on his side though, as Liverpool are the ones who have won the majority of Merseyside derbies since the first one way back in 1894. That game actually went the way of Everton, with Liverpool’s first derby win coming three years later. The last time Everton took the spoils on home turf was 2010, when Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta netted in a 2-0 win.
Heading into this one, Everton are struggling with injuries that have been a huge part of their recent slump. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is still missing with a thigh problem that has kept him out for the majority of the season, and Tom Davies and Andre Gomes are also out too. Mason Holgate is suspended, and Yerry Mina is also a major doubt with a thigh problem. There’s good news in the form of Richarlison potentially returning though, having served a suspension for five yellow cards.
As for Liverpool, they’ve got five first-teamers definitely missing. Naby Keita, Roberto Firmino, Harvey Elliot, Joe Gomez and Curtis Jones are all absent through injury, meaning Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to make too many changes from the side that dismantled Southampton with ease last weekend.
Mohamed Salah will try and keep his incredible form going, having either scored or assisted at least one goal in every Premier League game bar one this season. The Egyptian has actually slowed down when it comes to scoring lately, having netted just once in his last four games, but will surely fancy his chances against Everton, who have conceded 11 in their last five games.
A win for Liverpool could see them go top of the table if Manchester City and Chelsea drop points, and they won’t slip down to fourth whatever happens, thanks to a five point cushion on West Ham.
If Everton can pull off the shock, they could go as high as 11th if other results go their way.
Everton take on Liverpool at Goodison Park on Wednesday, December 1st. Kick-off is at 8.15pm.