Liverpool vs Everton preview: Merseyside derby at Anfield
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Last Updated: 03/12/19 3:21pm
Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Liverpool vs Everton in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Adrian looks set to continue in goal for Liverpool after replacing the now suspended Alisson in their 2-1 win over Brighton on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp has also confirmed Joel Matip will miss out. Nathaniel Clyne remains a long-term absentee.
Theo Walcott is fit to return for Everton but both Seamus Coleman and Fabian Delph have been ruled out, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Andre Gomes and Cuco Martina are all absent.
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- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 17 Premier League games against Everton (W7 D10). It is their longest ever unbeaten run against a specific opponent in the competition.
- Everton haven't won a league game against Liverpool at Anfield since September 1999, courtesy of Kevin Campbell's strike. The Toffees have drawn nine and lost 10 of their visits since.
- In all competitions, Liverpool are unbeaten in 19 games against Everton (W9 D10), their longest run without defeat against their Merseyside neighbours.
- Everton have failed to score in seven of their last 11 Premier League meetings with Liverpool, netting just once in each of the other four.
- Liverpool have scored more 90+ minute winning goals against Everton in the Premier League than any side has against another in the competition's history (5), with Divock Origi netting one in this exact fixture last season.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 31 Premier League games (W26 D5) - if they avoid defeat here it will be their longest ever run without defeat in top-flight history.
- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has won 99 of his 158 Premier League games. Victory here will see him become the second-fastest manager to reach 100 wins in the competition, after Jose Mourinho (142 games). He would also be the fastest Liverpool manager to 100 wins in top-flight history.
- Everton have lost eight of their opening 14 league matches of a season for the first time since 2011-12 under David Moyes. In only one season in their entire history have they lost more after 14 games - 10 in the 1948-49 season.
I watched the Liverpool match for Soccer Saturday at the weekend and in the end, they deserved to win. But the three points didn't come without a struggle. They were hanging on at the end and the defensive frailties were highlighted once more.
Alisson will miss the derby match and his replacement Adrian was a bag of nerves when he came on. Liverpool do not have the same rhythm of last season but they do know how to get results, and got there in the end on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Everton lost this fixture last season to a last-minute Divock Origi goal. Marco Silva, who is another manager in serious danger, is saying that he has no interest in talking about his job. He knows what is in store, but he may be out soon. I am just not sure how soon.
If they get beat by three or four I think it will be over for Silva on Thursday. What happens after that? Does David Moyes come in and save the day or do they twist and go with Eddie Howe to build a project? It's a big call for the decision-makers at Everton.
This game is a different scenario though - it's the derby. The two sides will not be thinking about anything that's to come around the corner. Liverpool will want to rub Everton's noses in it. Everton will park the bus, but Liverpool will be comfortable.
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