Liverpool vs Everton: Preview

The highly anticipated match-up between Liverpool and Everton will take place on Saturday afternoon at 12:30, televised live on Sky Sports.

The Merseyside derby will see fourth placed Liverpool taking on the seventh placed Toffees in a pivotal fixture for both respective clubs.

Liverpool could see them momentarily take the third place position away from Manchester City, who travel to Arsenal on Sunday with a win, but a loss or a draw for the Reds would see them remain in the final Champions League-qualifying spot.

Three points for Everton on the other hand could see them rise as high as 5th depending on results in the Manchester United-West Brom and Arsenal-City, but a draw will see them leapfrog Arsenal temporarily. A loss, however, would not see them fall out of the top seven.

Over the last six games, Liverpool have come up against some stiff competition, facing Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham, taking seven points from a possible nine against the aforementioned teams. However, poor losses against Hull and Leicester have marred what would have been an impressive run of games. Their record over the last six is W:3 D:1 L:2.

Everton have boasted a superior record to their merseyside neighbours over the last six games, notching four wins from a possible six, and losing just once against Spurs. Their sole draw over this six-game span came against strugglers Middlesbrough.

Liverpool have a remarkable record against the top-six teams and will be hoping to continue their form against top-level clubs against the Toffees on Saturday afternoon.

While Everton are still coming to terms with the loss of their right-back Seamus Coleman through injury after he sustained a broken leg on international duty, Liverpool are a bit thin on the ground, too, with Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson expected to sit out again.

Liverpool won the reverse fixture in December 1-0 after Sadio Mane’s late winner, and Everton will most certainly be out for revenge.

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