Heavy hangs the head that would wear the crown. Was it that the pressure got too much for Liverpool? Did they simply run out of steam? What is clear is that, although the Reds are still your Premier League leaders, that much of the spark that got them there has been noticeably absent in recent games.
They lost both European legs to Atletico Madrid, fell to Chelsea in the FA Cup and to Watford in the league, showing weakness on all fronts. Everton will no doubt be smelling blood. However, following a 4-0 loss to Chelsea and going on three games without a win of their own, the home side are hardly marching into battle without the shadow of doubt on their recent performances.
Whatever the outcome here, one thing we hope is that we see these two legendary teams back resembling something like their full strength and we get a great game of football out of it.
Everton vs Liverpool Prediction: Everton 1-3 Liverpool
The reasoning behind who we think will win this one is fairly simple: neither Everton nor Liverpool have been at their best but on the majority of occasions. Still, an out of form Reds team is better than the off-colour Toffees. Of course, there’s the chance that Everton pull themselves up and surprise us with an excellent comeback performance. But we’d say it’s even more likely Liverpool see this as an opportunity to reassert themselves as a force to be reckoned with.
With all that in mind, we think there’s enough fire here to make this an explosive show. Ultimately though, the favourites come out on top. In conclusion, our scoreline prediction is 3-1 to Liverpool.
Our recommended tip: Liverpool win from behind
In our scoreline prediction we concluded that it was likely, in our opinion, that Everton score during this contest. Many may think that’s simply accounting for Liverpool’s recently exposed vulnerabilities, and Everton’s desire to take advantage of that situation. However, it’s got just as much to do with goal patterns too.
Liverpool have conceded goals in all of their last six outings, while Everton have managed to find a receipt in their last six of seven matches. On top of that, they scored first against both Manchester United and Arsenal, showing they have this tendency against big teams. Considering all this, we think the 17/2 odds you can get from Unibet on this prediction are very generous indeed.
It should come as no surprise that these Premier League legends have had an encyclopedia’s worth of matches over the years, nudging close to 300 since 1894. Most people would probably also guess that Liverpool take a sizeable statistical advantage too, with 121 wins to Everton’s 82, which is still a respectable effort.
In more recent years though, Liverpool’s dominance is much more overwhelming. Everton haven’t bested them in over 20 games. They only upside for them really is that plenty of these matches – nearly half – have been a draw. The fact remains though that if Everton were to pull off the win here, it would be a historic occasion, being their first victory over Liverpool since 2010.
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Players to watch: Dominic Calvert-Lewin & Mohamed Salah
Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
While we have said that Everton haven’t necessarily been on their best form as of late – and we think that’s a pretty fair assessment – that criticism doesn’t apply to the brilliant Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Before that disaster outing against Chelsea, he had made it three goals in as many Premier League appearances. Not only that, but he has the ability to shock and strike early, scoring in the first minute against Arsenal and the third against Manchester United.
Liverpool: Mohamed Salah
We were tempted to put Liverpool’s mistake prone goalkeeper here just to see if he could redeem himself following his critical error against Atletico Madrid. However, this game could well be a very offensively-minded one and, in that kind of scenario, we can think of no better player to watch than the brilliant Mohamed Salah. A non-factor in the Champions League clash, fans will be hoping to see a return to form for Liverpool’s top goalscorer, and perhaps push that goal tally up even further from 16.