Liverpool need to put their Champions League heartbreak behind them quickly, as Jurgen Klopp takes his team across Stanley Park to face Everton on Monday night. The Toffees haven’t tasted victory in the Merseyside derby in almost a decade, and will need a big improvement on their last outing if that’s to change.
Where and when: Goodison Park – 16 March, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Everton vs. Liverpool: Sky Sports
Last time: Youngster Curtis Jones scored the only goal of the game as Liverpool knocked Everton out of the FA Cup at Anfield in early January.
Everton v Liverpool Predictions and Preview
Liverpool’s dominance over the Premier League this season has been exceptional, much like their superiority over their local rivals during the past decade. Everton’s last win against the Reds was back in October 2020, when Tim Cahill and now-Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta were on target for the Toffees.
Liverpool have won 11 of the 21 meetings between the clubs since, although only two of those have come at Goodison Park. That, and Everton’s resurgence under Carlo Ancelotti, ought to give the home fans some hope on Monday night.
Those that travelled to see their team surrender meekly in a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend may not hold much optimism though. Ancelotti will hope that was a mere off day, otherwise Everton aren’t going to get a long-awaited victory over Liverpool here.
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Everton to win 2-0
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The Reds are out of sorts themselves at the moment though, losing four of their last six matches. That run’s seen them dumped out of the Champions League and FA Cup, as well as losing their unbeaten Premier League record.
Considering their first title in 30 years is all but sewn up, there may appear little left for Klopp to motivate his players with. A local derby should sort that out though – plus the rare opportunity to seal their first ever Premier League title against their neighbours should Manchester City lose to Burnley on Saturday – and Liverpool start as the odds-on favourites to pick up the win at 4/5 with a range of the best betting sites.
Everton meanwhile are 15/4, after failing to win any of their last three games. Even though they’ve had to play Manchester United and Arsenal, as well as Chelsea, the Blues must stop the rot and pick up the points they need to rise back into the top half of the Premier League table.
The home team will have to try and do that without the help of Morgan Schneiderlin, Seamus Coleman and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, while Bernard is also a doubt. Liverpool will be without first-choice goalkeeper Alisson once again, and that could be crucial.
If Adrian makes more mistakes like he did in Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid, another draw between these teams at Goodison Park could be on the cards. Six of the last seven Merseyside derbies at Goodison have ended in a stalemate, and the same outcome on Monday is priced at 3/1.
One to watch for Everton: It was a real shock when Dominic Calvert-Lewin squandered a wonderful chance against Chelsea on Sunday. The English forward’s been in great form since Ancelotti took charge of Everton with eight goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances, and he’s 7/1 to break the deadlock on Monday night.
One to watch for Liverpool: Divock Origi has been a real thorn in Everton’s side in recent derbies, netting a 96th-minute winner at Anfield in December 2018 before a double in Liverpool’s 5-2 victory a few months ago. That included the opener, which he’s 7/1 to get again here, although the Belgian could also be interesting as the last goalscorer at the same odds.
Long shot: Everton have tried and failed to beat Liverpool 21 times since their last victory over the Reds, with eight of those on home soil. That last win was a 2-0 triumph at Goodison, with Everton available at 28/1 to mirror that result as they capitalise on a wounded Liverpool side no longer fighting on three fronts.