Wayne Rooney will be eager for a big performance against a big rival and build on his ten goals for the season.
Liverpool are a much, much better side than Everton, as both the Premier League table and basic visual evidence attest.
“Because that will be really tough, and probably Everton are more happy about the game (kickoff time) than we are, and that’s not fair”.
Idrissa Gueye is now getting over hamstring injury but will face a late fitness test to see if he can start against Liverpool.
The Anfield club beat Manchester City in a mammoth Champions League clash.
Anybody listening to manager Sam Allardyce after the match could have mistaken his words for those of a lower league manager beaten by Premier League opposition in a domestic cup tie.
“We controlled the game for around 60 minutes, then everything got a bit emotional”, he said. It’s looking like we’re going to be in for another defensive rearguard action today, despite the knowledge that another Derby loss would lead to the embarrassing statistic that Liverpool would have won more games at Goodison in all competitions between the two than Everton. Liverpool striker Danny Ings was handed his first start as Juergen Klopp named a stronger lineup than anticipated.
“They will be motivated to the highest level”. With a question-mark hanging over his ability to perform away from home, hopefully for Liverpool, the short trip to Goodison Park can coax a good display from him and possibly an important goal which he has a penchant for producing.
In fact Everton then enjoyed their best spell of the match – Theo Walcott slipped when in space, Tosun headed wide and Dominic Calvert-Lewin shot over the bar from 12 yards. They are altogether except (Gylfi) Sigurdsson.
“I think Chelsea would like the same because they are still the champions, so I think they would like to be the champions until late April or the beginning of May”.
“We’ve got to be ready to compete”.
“In all of my derbies there’s always been an overly hard tackle. We all have our challenges and hopefully we can do that without injuries”.
In the 69th minute, Liverpool substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain nearly got the opener as he picked up the ball and burst towards goal only to see his effort go just over the bar.