19 Dec, 13:02
A bloody contest awaits us tonight, with the Merseyside contest pitting Everton against Liverpool at the Goodison Park.
After experiencing a mini-wobble, Liverpool found some form and will be buoyed for a victory here. While the Reds will be keen to get things on track, the Toffees will look to build on last week’s solid victory over Arsenal, and dent Liverpool’s title hopes. After a spate of poor results in recent weeks, Everton lies at 8th and must win here to stick with the chasing pack.
Jurgen Klopp understands how intimidating a place the Goodison Park is, and will demand total bravery and ruthlessness from his men. Sensational pair Adam Lallana and Divock Origi have found some magic in recent days, and will be keen to maintain that form.
Liverpool has arguably the best attack in the division. Despite suffering some slack in form recently, Klopp has his his men maintain an unmatched scoring form, something that should trouble Koeman and his side.
The Kop’s forward line will worry Koeman further, especially considering that captain Phil Jagielka is out suspended, after a cynical foul that earned him a second yellow card, in the last minute of the Arsenal tie last week.
The headline of this contest in recent weeks hs been draws, and going by this statistic, the trend could stick this season.
Everton will be looking to keep up with the pace of the title chasing pack, while Liverpool will be desperate for a victory to set themselves back in the race for the title by slicing the gap between them and leaders Chelsea to 6 points. A terrific derby awaits...