Liverpool welcome home city rivals Everton for the massive Merseyside Derby this Saturday. Anfield has been anything but a happy hunting ground for the Toffees where they haven't won a single game since September 1999. However, the fixture never lacked for intensity having seen 21 reds cards in the past — more than any other Premier League fixture.
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Can Everton end their 15-year old Anfield hoodoo?
'Well, why not? ' says Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.
If Liverpool win this clash, not only will they complete a double over Everton but also tightens their grip on the Champions League spot. However, Everton have been in an excellent form recently, and at the moment, looks capable of giving a tough night to Liverpool who are without Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana while Gini Wijnaldum remains a doubt. Lucas is very likely to start the game in the absence of Lallana and if Wijnaldum is unfit, Origi might start the game and Coutinho might be moved to the midfield.
Since their 1-0 defeat to Liverpool in December, Everton have won all but one match against Tottenham Hotspur. The key to the brilliant run has been the explosive form of Romelu Lukaku who already has 21 goals to his name and is currently the lead runner for the Golden Boot.
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The Toffees last tasted Champions League football in the 2005-06 season and the club this season experienced a lot of changes in the hopes of a top 4 finish. Ronald Koeman was appointed the manager at the start of the season and was given full financial backing by Farhad Moshiri in a bid to challenge the heavyweights of England. But if Evertonians are to get European football next season, they have to overcome their Anfield hoodoo.
Match Prediction: Liverpool 3-2 Everton
Both teams will go for the win and Liverpool love these kinds of games. Everton however might struggle defensively without the likes of Seamus Coleman, Funes Mori and Morgan Schneiderlin and Liverpool’s attack is more than capable of taking advantage of that. The Toffies might have an advantage in the centre of the park with Liverpool’s key men missing. Expect free flowing football and a lot of goals- a perfect game for the neutrals.
You can watch the match at 5 p.m. on Saturday, 31st March, 2017 on the Star Sports Network.