Liverpool and Everton will both be hoping for a return to winning ways in the Premier League when they go head-to-head in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Saturday.
Neither side have been at their best this year and their recent results are nothing to write home about.
Liverpool, the league’s reigning champions, have lost each of their last three league games, falling to Brighton, Manchester City and most recently to Leicester, conceding 8 goals in the process.
They, however, bounced back from their 3–1 loss to Leicester with a 2–0 success away at RB Leipzig in the Champions League in midweek, courtesy of goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. They will hope to build on that win.
Everton are also winless in their last three league games, with back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Fulham coming after a 3–3 draw with Man United.
The seventh-placed Toffees are just a place below Liverpool on the league standings but have a game in hand on their hosts. A victory will bring them level on points with Liverpool, but bagging three points on Sunday will prove tricky, given their poor record against the Reds.
Liverpool: Naby Keita, who’s not been in action since December, could make his return from injury against the Toffees. Meanwhile, James Milner and Diogo Jota remain sidelined.
Everton: Carlo Ancelotti will be happy with the return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan. Calvert-Lewin has been out for a week, while Allan was sidelined for two months. Both men will return to the starting XI on Saturday.
Yerry Mina, who was forced off with injury against City in midweek, and Jean-Philippe Gbamin will not be available.
Liverpool to get back to winning ways
The Reds are unbeaten in their last 23 encounters with Everton. It’s been 22 years since Everton last registered a win at Anfield and, given their recent performances, that poor run is likely to continue.
Liverpool should be able to draw confidence and inspiration from their fine display against RB Leipzig in midweek and take all three points on Saturday.