Sunday, December 5

Everton-Liverpool preview



Jurgen Klopp insists that Liverpool will not convey any feelings of discomfort over the derby draw against Everton earlier in the season.

The Reds were held in controversial fashion at Goodison Park as both Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara suffered injuries as a result of poor challenges from Everton.

A late Liverpool winner was also eliminated by VAR in a match that has had a major influence on the remainder of the champions season.

Klopp and his team were enraged after the 2-2 draw but have now finished the matter, he says, although the coach acknowledged that a second quick meeting in October could have proved problematic.

“Nothing will take place tomorrow,” he said Friday. “A week later, two weeks later, whatever, three weeks later, when they gave us the (Van Dijk) diagnosis, it was good that we didn’t play Everton again, let me put it that way.

“That’s right. We are all human beings and of course it was not pleasant. But now it’s over and we don’t think about it anymore, but it’s still a derby and that’s enough to be motivated in the absolute.” highest level and trying to play the best possible football you can play. “

Meanwhile, opposite number Carlo Ancelotti was not looking to handle Everton’s aggression.

“It is important to focus on what we are going to do in the game,” he said. “The strategy, be brave and confident. After that, try to play football. In the end, we are going to do that and Liverpool are going to do the same.”

Everton have a terrible record against Liverpool, but Ancelotti does not dwell on those past failures.

“The worst that can happen has happened many times in the past,” he said. “I think we are better compared to the past, so I think we can have more chances to get a result.”

PLAYERS TO SEE

Liverpool – Mohamed Salah

Fit, even as his teammates battle it out, Salah has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances for Liverpool, but finished on the losing end in both. The last player to score in three in a row in the competition but still lose all three was Michail Antonio in September 2016 for West Ham.

Everton – Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Calvert-Lewin’s return to fitness should provide Everton with a real boost. Eight of his 13 league goals this season have come from home, he also scored against Liverpool at Goodison Park, and only Romelu Lukaku, in both 2015-16 and 2016-17, has scored nine away for Everton in the Premier . League.

OPTA KEY FACTS

– Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 23 meetings with Everton in all competitions (W11 D12), their longest unbeaten streak against an opponent in their history.

– Liverpool vs Everton is the closest match in Premier League history, with 24 of the matches between the teams finishing the tier. The Merseyside derby has also had more red cards than any other match in the competition (22).

– The Reds have not lost four consecutive Premier League games since December 2002 to Gerard Houllier.

– Liverpool have only lost four consecutive home league games once before, a streak of four that ended on Christmas Day 1923. The last reigning champions to lose four straight home league games was Everton in the 1928 season -29.

– Everton are undefeated in each of their last seven Premier League away games (five wins and two draws); they last enjoyed a longer streak in March 2016 (eight games).


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