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TOPIC: Everton @ Goodison, Sat 7th Feb, 1730 KO

Everton @ Goodison, Sat 7th Feb, 1730 KO 2 years 2 months ago #283

Liverpool and Everton clash at Goodison Park on Saturday evening – 5:30pm kick off UK time – in what will be the 192nd league meeting between the two clubs. The Toffees occupy 12th place and have won just one of their last seven league games, a 1-0 victory away at Crystal Palace last Saturday. Prior to that victory Everton had lost four and drawn two – scoring three times and conceding ten – and were dropping ever closer to the relegation zone. They now sit seven points clear of the drop zone.

Liverpool are the current form team in the Premier League having picked up 16 points from a possible 18 over the last six games. That run has seen the Reds claim victories over Burnley away (1-0), Swansea at home (4-1), Sunderland away (1-0), Aston Villa away (2-0) and West Ham Utd at home (2-0), with the 2-2 draw with Leicester at Anfield the only blemish in that sequence. With league games against three of the six teams currently above us – 6th place Spurs (home), 4th place Southampton (away) and 2nd place Man City (home) – following the derby, Liverpool look to have hit form at just the right time.

Liverpool and Everton shared the spoils at Anfield back in September with Gerrard scoring from a free-kick in typical Gerrard fashion and Phil Jagielka scoring a ridiculous 30 yarder in typical Gerrard fashion in injury time to earn Everton a 1-1 draw. The corresponding fixture last season also ended in a draw, with Mirallas and Lukaku (2) scoring for Everton and Coutinho, Suarez and Sturridge scoring for the Reds, with Sturridge’s goal coming in the 89th minute to earn the Reds a 3-3 draw.

This is also likely to be the last Merseyside derby that Steven Gerrard will feature in and if he plays some part in the match he will move alongside Alan Hansen in 3rd place (with 33 appearances) for Liverpool players with the most appearances against Everton. Gerrard’s tally of ten goals against the Toffees is only bettered by Ian Rush’s total of 25.

Liverpool’s overall league record against Everton:

Total – P: 191 W: 73 D: 61 L: 57 F: 264 A: 224 GD: +40
Home – P: 96 W: 41 D: 32 L: 23 F: 147 A: 104 GD: +43
Away – P: 95 W: 32 D: 29 L: 34 F: 117 A: 120 GD: -3

Premier League form – last six matches home and away:

1st – Liverpool: P: 6 W: 5 D: 1 L: 0 F: 12 A: 3 Pts: 16
14th – Everton: P: 6 W: 1 D: 2 L: 3 F: 4 A: 7 Pts: 8

Premier League form – last six matches at home (Everton) and away (Liverpool):

11th – Everton: P: 6 W: 2 D: 3 L: 1 F: 7 A: 5 Pts: 9
2nd – Liverpool: P: 6 W: 4 D: 0 L: 2 F: 8 A: 7 Pts: 12

Liverpool’s record against teams managed by Roberto Martinez (all competitions):

Total – P: 11 W: 4 D: 5 L: 2 F: 20 A: 10 GD: +10
Home – P: 6 W: 3 D: 2 L: 1 F: 12 A: 5 GD: +7
Away – P: 5 W: 1 D: 3 L: 1 F: 8 A: 5 GD: +3

The match-day officials for this fixture are:

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: G Beswick, D Cann
Fourth Official: M Oliver

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool are without Jones (thigh) and Flanagan (knee). Toure is on international duty with the Ivory Coast.

Everton are missing Pienaar (knee), Howard (shin) and Osman (foot), while McCarthy (hamstring) is a doubt.

Liverpool:

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Ward
Defenders: Johnson, Manquillo, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Enrique
Midfielders: Gerrard (c), Henderson, Lucas, Coutinho, Allen, Markovic, Lallana, Brannagan, Rossiter, Ojo
Forwards: Sturridge, Sterling, Balotelli, Lambert, Borini, Ibe

Everton:

Goalkeepers: Robels, Stanek
Defenders: Hibbert, Baines, Jagielka (c), Distin, Coleman, Stones, Browning, Garbutt, Alcaraz, Galloway, Jones
Midfielders: Gibson, McGeady, Oviedo, Besic, Barry, Atsu, Barkley, Lennon
Forwards: Kone, Lukaku, Mirallas, Naismith
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