Everton v Liverpool – Match Preview

Liverpool make the short trip to Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime to take on fierce rivals Everton in the 185th Merseyside Derby.

An indifferent start to the campaign has seen David Moyes’ side struggle at home but excel on the road and he’ll be hoping that at won’t hinder the Toffee’s of victory. They were unlucky in last week’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester City with Moyes placing the onus on snuffing out the Citizens attack sacrificing his teams attacking capabilities in the process. That won’t be the case at Goodison on Saturday as the Scotsman becomes only the third boss to manage in 10 consecutive Merseyside derbies joining Harry Catterick and Bill Shankly. His players also have the edge on experience each member of last week’s starting lineup having played in this fixture before. Defender Sylvain Distin insisted it ‘just another football game’ but that is sure to change when the game kicks off. Tim Cahill could miss the game though after suffering a bruised shin at the Etihad Stadium.

Theres no doubt Kenny Dalglish will politely disagree with the Frenchman’s assessment having played in 24 derbies and managed in a another 21. The Reds got back to winning ways against Wolves last week at Anfield after a minor blip and will be looking to put one over on their Mersey adversaries. Taking all three points will be high on Dalglish’s agenda as he takes a Liverpool team across Stanley Park for first time since 1991. With six players expected to take part in this fixture for the first time the Scot will be relying on Jamie Carragher to take care of them on the field with the defender having played in 24 Merseyside Derbies in the Premier League – more than any other player. It will be a tough task though with the Reds having won only two of their last seven league games away from Anfield. Captain Steven Gerrard is expected to retain his place on the bench whilst Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger are still out.

Key Players

Phil Jagielka – A marvellous showing at Man City last week was testament to the defenders calibre as he held the rearguard together before being broken with 20 minutes to go. A similar performance will be expected from the Toffee’s skipper against Liverpool.

Luis Suarez – The Uruguayan was at his industrious best last week with his constant running and movement making him a handful for the Wolves back line. With pride on the line at Goodison there is no doubt that Suarez will be be more eager than usual to put the Toffee’s to the sword.

Verdict: 1-1

  •  Jagielka also has one Barclays Premier League goal this season and has won every one of the eight tackles he has entered in to this season.
  • Jagielka has also made five clearances and six interceptions for the Everton cause already this season
  • The Liverpool players covered a total of 112,645m (69.99miles) during their 2-1 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend
  • Liverpool’s Charlie Adam is the player from either side to be currently ranked highest on the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Adam is currently in 23rd place while Everton’s highest ranked player is Phil Jagielka in 75th place

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