Premier League: Liverpool vs Everton match preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Anfield

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Liverpool go into Saturday’s Merseyside derby off the back of a tantalising 14-13 League Cup penalty shootout victory over Middlesbrough at Anfield on Tuesday.

The Reds are 11th in the Premier League after three defeats in their opening five league games, with West Ham United the latest side to beat Brendan Rodgers side 3-1 last Saturday.

Meanwhile Everton were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Swansea City midweek for the Swans’ first-ever victory over the Toffees, just two days after a shocking 3-2 loss at home to Crystal Palace in the Premier League last Sunday.

Roberto Martinez’s men lie three places below Liverpool in the league table in 14th after registering just one win this season, a 2-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion, as Everton hover just one point above the bottom-three.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 12.45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Liverpool 4 (Gerrard, Sturridge 2, Suarez) Everton 0, Premier League, January 2014

Everton 3 (Mirallas, Lukaku 2) Liverpool 3 (Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge), Premier League, November 2013

Liverpool 0 Everton 0, Premier League, May 2013

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Roberto Martinez remonstrates on the sideline during Everton's 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace

 

STATS…

Daniel Sturridge has scored three goals in his last three Liverpool appearances against Everton.

Everton have failed to defeat rivals Liverpool at Anfield in their last 16 visits.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight games against Everton, including four wins.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has defeated Liverpool twice in his managerial career; both games were when he was in charge of Wigan Athletic.

Saturday’s game will be the 221 Merseyside derby between the two clubs.

Everton striker Steven Naismith and Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling are joint third top goalscorers in the Premier League with three goals each this term.

 

ODDS…

Liverpool to win: 1.8

Everton to win: 4.2

Draw: 3.7

 

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH

Liverpool slipped four points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal after an enthralling 3-3 draw against Merseyside rivals Everton in November last year.

Brazilian Philippe Coutinho fired the Reds in front at Goodison Park inside five minutes, only for Kevin Mirallas to equalise for the hosts just three minutes after the restart.

Luis Suarez restored Liverpool’s lead to give the Reds a 2-1 advantage at the break, but a late brace from Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku looked to have stolen all three points for the Toffees before Daniel Sturridge’s dramatic 89 minute equaliser.

TV: Live on BT Sport 1 at 12.45pm, highlights on BBC 1 from 10.30pm on Saturday.

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