Everton will host Liverpool at Goodison Park this afternoon in the first Merseyside derby of the Premier League season, and Frank Lampard will be hoping his team can take their first three-pointer of the season from Jurgen Klopp’s side in front of the Goodison Park faithful.
Now that the transfer window is shut, the Everton boss will be fully focused on quickly working out what is going to be the best way to deploy his team and how he will fit in the new faces that have joined the team over the last week.
Both James Garner and Idrissa Gana Gueye had their moves signed, sealed and delivered on Deadline Day, with Neal Maupay confirming his move to Merseyside last Friday, but it remains to be seen whether any of them will feature on today’s team sheet.
Lampard did confirm in his pre-match press conference that Dominic Calvert-Lewin will return to training next week following a hamstring injury, but won’t be available for the game today.
The Everton boss revealed (via Liverpool Echo):
“We’ve got DCL back in training next week, we’ve got Maupay who’s come in and not played yet, we’ve got Rondon who can play up front. We’ve got our wingers.”
As a result, the fierce and emotive clash with their bitter rivals could be the perfect opportunity for Lampard to finally unleash newly-signed Neal Maupay in one of the most entertaining games of the season for Everton and it could be a decision that could massively pay off.
The Toffees have picked up three draws on the bounce unable to push further than an equaliser over the course of the their last three Premier League outings, but adding Maupay in the side could now add a fresh perspective to give Everton that final push to score winners instead of equalisers.
The 26-year-old Frenchman who was hailed “unique” by Graham Potter scored eight goals, delivered two assists and created four big chances for Brighton last season, and giving him his Everton debut this afternoon could be a great tactic to scare Liverpool as they will be unprepared for his contribution.
With that being said, Lampard’s side could really do with a moment that kickstarts their Premier League season and taking a win away from the Merseyside Derby in front of the home supporters is the perfect opportunity to deliver it.