Liverpool defending long unbeaten record against Everton this weekend
By Andrew Dickson
Last Updated: 31/03/17 6:01pm
Liverpool come into this weekend's Merseyside derby, live on Sky Sports, with an impressive unbeaten record over rivals Everton to preserve.
Everton are without a win in any of their last 13 meetings with Liverpool in all competitions, and they have not won a single game at Anfield since the turn of the century.
You have to go back to September 1999, when Kevin Campbell scored a fourth-minute winner, for their last success on the red half of Stanley Park.
A trawl through derby statistics makes for fairly miserable reading for Toffees. Avoiding defeat on Saturday would allow Liverpool to match their record unbeaten league run of 13 games against Everton, something they achieved previously between 1972 and 1978.
Further inspiration for Saturday's hosts will be the fact that victory would make Jurgen Klopp the first Liverpool manager to win his first three derbies.
Everton's role as the away team in this fixture during the Premier League era has seldom been a happy one.
In the 16 games they have played at Anfield since their last win there, Everton have drawn eight and lost the rest, two of the last three by a 4-0 scoreline.
Results this season suggest it is likely to be profitable day for Klopp's team, given they are unbeaten in 14 games against the Premier League's top 10 so far this term.
Of course, one of those matches was their 1-0 success at Goodison in December, when Sadio Mane scored the only goal in stoppage time.
Curiously, Liverpool's record against top-10 clubs is better in 2016/17 than that against teams from the bottom half of the league.
While they have 30 points from 14 meetings with sides in the top 10, their return is just 26 from 15 outings in matches against teams in the bottom half.
That does not bode well for Everton, who have scored just twice in their last six meetings with Liverpool.
Unsurprisingly, Liverpool have the better record of the two in the fixture, with their results since the Premier League began doing much to boost the stats. Their success in December means they have now lost just three of their last 34 top flight matches against Everton.
History points to the possibility of this latest derby being a feisty one. After just five red cards in the first 88 years of matches between the clubs, dismissals have been a regular occurrence since.
Indeed, with 21 of them in total, there have been more in this fixture than any other in the Premier League.
From a Liverpool perspective, losing a man on Saturday would not necessarily give Everton an advantage.
On the last four occasions they have had a player sent off in a league game between the sides, the Reds have gone on to win.