Everton @ home, 5th May 1330 KO

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LOCAL NEWS
Bahrain – the fans will be meeting in Tracks to watch the game. It might be slightly early to get away from work, but its a big game so please support the venue with your presence.
Qatar – because of the early kick off, we will be watching in the tapas restaurant in the new building. We have invited some of the blue noses, so make sure you wear your red shirts.
Oman – hopefully the signed LFC Muscat Reds shirt will be hanging up in the Hyatt by this game.

MATCH PREVIEW
Liverpool host Everton in what will be the 188th Merseyside derby in the league. Merseyside meetings certainly have a reputation for fireworks, with the on-pitch tempestuousness regularly belying its “friendly derby” label. No Premier League fixture has produced more red cards than the 20 in this game.

The two sides drew 2-2 in the derby at Goodison Park back in October, with a Leighton Baines own goal and a strike from Luis Suarez putting us 2-0 up before goals from Osman and Naismith leveled matters before half-time.
Following that draw, Liverpool occupied 12th place, six points behind the Toffees who sat in 5th. 26 games later and the Reds are five points and one place below Everton who sit in 6th with 59 points.

Premier League record since the two clubs met back in October:
Liverpool – P: 26 W: 12 D: 8 L: 6 F: 55 A: 28 GD: +27 Pts: 44
Everton – P: 26 W: 11 D: 10 L: 5 F: 35 A: 27 GD: +8 Pts: 43

Since the two sides shared the spoils back in October, the Reds have picked up one point more than the Toffees, despite scoring a whopping 20 goals more than Moyes’ men and despite keeping 12 clean sheets compared to Everton’s
seven. The last time Everton won at Anfield was 1999 when Kevin Campbell beat Sander Westerveld in a 1-0 win.

TEAM PREDICTION

Goalkeepers: Reina
Defenders: Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Enrique
Midfielders: Lucas, Gerrard (c), Henderson,
Strikers: Downing, Sturridge, Coutinho

With a weeks rest and no injuries, the team should be very similar to the one that started against Newcastle. However, the key will be how the team lines up against their opposition. Coutinho had a man of the match
performance against Newcastle, but it is fair to say he will not be given the freedom of the midfield this time. Fellaini operated in a deeper midfield role last week against Fulham, and it is likely he will do the same
this week. Big, powerful and hairy, Fellaini loves a physical battle, and will be charged with stopping Coutinho and Henderson from feeding Sturridge. Equally Lucas will face Everton’s creator Pienaar. Piennar scored the winner last week and Lucas has made a tackle more frequently than any other player – every 15 minutes. Expect that average to come down on Sunday!

How much support and recycling the back 5 will be able to perform will depend in part on Jelavic. He is fast and will likely to give Carragher a hard time during his 735th match for LFC. However, Jelavic has only scored 7
this season. Or it could be Anichebe, the Nigerian who was overcome injury problems and starting to show his promise. At the other end Sturridge will face Jagielka. Two players in great form, but Jagielka lacks acceleration,
so Sturridge could find an edge in exploiting the lack of mobility. The biggest clash will come in the middle between Gerrard and Osman, both local lads, and both committed players.

Finally, the most interesting tactical battle will come between Downing and Baines. Baines has more assists than any full back, and so Downing will have to ensure he is diligent about tracking him back, as he can’t afford to let
Johnson get double teamed. However, going forward Downing should be able to give Baines just as much trouble, using Johnson in support…

STATISTICS

Liverpool’s overall league record against Everton:

Total – P: 187 W: 72 D: 58 L: 57 F: 256 A: 220 GD: +36
Home – P: 93 W: 40 D: 30 L: 23 F: 142 A: 103 GD: +39
Away – P: 94 W: 32 D: 28 L: 34 F: 114 A: 117 GD: -3

Liverpool’s biggest victories and defeats v Everton at Anfield:

Biggest home win (overall): 6-0 (7/9/1935)
Biggest home defeat (overall): 0-5 (3/10/1914)
Biggest home win (Premier League): 3-0 (13/3/2012)
Biggest home defeat (Premier League): 1-2 (18/11/1995)

TRIVIA

Ian Rush has made the most appearances and scored the most goals for Liverpool against Everton with a whopping 25 goals in 36 appearances. From our current squad, Steven Gerrard with eight goals from 28 appearances is our top scorer while Jamie Carragher has made the most appearances with 29. Neville Southall is Everton’s record appearance holder against us with 41 appearances. Dixie Dean with 19 goals in 17 appearances is the Toffees’ top scorer in this fixture.

19 players have left Everton to join Liverpool, with 17 of those joining prior to the swinging 60s when Liverpool stamped their authority on the city. More recently Nick Barmby was signed for a fee of £6m back in 2000 and
Abel Xavier joined for £750,000 in January 2002.

Nine Liverpool players have departed Anfield for Goodison with the last player crossing Stanley Park in January 1992. Gary Ablett joined the Toffees for a fee of £750,000 halfway through the 1991/92 campaign but it is Peter
Beardsley who is probably the one player most Reds wished hadn’t move to Everton. The diminutive Geordie spent four successful seasons at Anfield and was a Kop favourite but Graeme Souness wasn’t a fan and promptly sold him to
Everton for £1m in August 1991.

ODDS

Home win 50%
draw 25%
Away win 25%

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