What is it?
For the blue half of Merseyside, the days when they enjoyed bragging rights in the derby are a distant memory but Everton fans will view this weekend’s clash with Liverpool at Anfield as a chance to set the record straight.
Everton have failed to beat Liverpool in their last 23 attempts in all competitions, a run dating back to 2010, and they have not managed a win at Anfield since 1999 when Kevin Campbell scored the winner.
The psychological damage of that barren record is not easy to overcome and yet with Liverpool’s league form having fallen off a cliff, Everton will take heart.
Victory would see them move level on points with Jurgen Klopp’s sixth-placed side with a game in hand, so the incentive is huge.
When is it?
Saturday, February 20.
What time is kick-off?
What TV channel is it on?
Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD.
What is the team news?
Liverpool could welcome Naby Keita back for this game, with the midfielder returning to training after two months out. Divock Origi and Ben Davies are also fit again.
Fabinho and James Milner remain major doubts with muscle and hamstring issues respectively, while Saturday’s derby will come too soon for Diogo Jota.
Everton have been handed a fitness boost with both Allan and Dominic Calvert-Lewin ready to start on Saturday.
The match, though, will come too soon for Yerry Mina, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin is not expected back until next month.
What have we said about the clubs?
- After 21 years of Anfield misery, Everton seek to finally end their Merseyside derby blues
- Football Nerd: Why the Merseyside derby is the most combustible in English football
- Analysis: Alisson puts calamities behind him with assured performance in Europe
- Comment: Jurgen Klopp latest victim of belief football managers should be superhuman
- Comment: Marcel Brands deserves new Everton deal but still has much to prove
- Thom Gibbs: Why we all want to be like Carlo Ancelotti
- The 10 strangest results of the Premier League season so far
What are the latest standings?
What are the odds?
- Liverpool to win 4/9
- Everton to win 6/1
- Draw 7/2
What is our prediction?
Liverpool have lost three league games in succession for the first time since 2014 and also their last three at Anfield, although they did enjoy a return to form on Wednesday with a 2-0 win away against RB Leipzig as the Champions League resumed.
That said, Everton’s league form has also faltered with only one win in their last six.
Form is often secondary in derbies and with this season’s shift towards more away wins than home wins, Everton might not have a better opportunity to get one over Liverpool.
Predicted score: Liverpool 2 Everton 0